Maybole appoint legend Walker as new manager

Managerless Maybole crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Rutherglen Glencairn on Saturday.

However, the club have been boosted by the news that Carlo Walker has agreed to become their new manager.

Walker spent 18 years as a player at Maybole and returns to the club after leaving Lugar with whom he mounted a promotion charge in the Ayrshire District League this season. Walker replaces Peter Leonard who left the club after almost a decade in charge last week.

Former manager Lawrie Dunwoodie and senior players Stuart McGrady and Andy Stevenson were in charge on Saturday.

The home side created the first chance on five minutes when Ross McNeil’s shot fell to Jordan Dalzell but he shot straight at Scott Johnstone.

Mark Armour had Maybole’s first chance of the game on eight minutes but his shot went wide of the post. Kenny Parris was then through on 12 minutes but the Glencairn keeper cleared the danger. Parris then had a lob saved by the keeper five minutes before the break.

Rutherglen took the lead on 54 minutes when a free kick by Keiran Donaghy evaded everyone and landed in the net. Mark Doolan was then sent off for Maybole on the hour mark for handling but Johnstone saved McNeil’s penalty. Maybole equalised on 66 minutes when Robert Patterson sent a dipping shot into the net. On 77 minutes McNeil scored at the second attempt to make it 2-1 before Thomas Kilmartin completed the win for Rutherglen on 81 minutes.

Walker’s first match in charge is away to Neilston on Saturday at 1.45pm.