Red cards end cup campaign

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Two red cards in the second half of Girvan’s west of Scotland cup third round match against Hurlford on Saturday cost them the game.

After ahalf time score of 0-0 and with a pretty even match, Girvan looked as if they could pull of a major upset against a team two divisions above them.

However it was not to be as the referee sent off Girvan’s Paul Cameron for a second bookable offence and Hurlford went 1-0 up from a corner.

Soon after Girvan went down to nine men after a tackle in the penalty area was judged to be the last man and Hurlford went to up from the resulting spot kick.

Girvan manager Peter Leonard said: “Everything was going against us on Saturday.

“I had a chat with the referee after the game and he reckoned he had an explanation for every decision that went against us.

“To be fair it can’t be easy with two fit teams on a big park like that with no linesmen either. But sure I’m disappointed as when it was eleven versus eleven as it was pleasing to see us compete against a team two leagues above us.”

Girvan get back to league duty on Saturday with a home match against Craigmark with a 2pm kick off.

The Seasiders currently lie in third place two behind Darvel on 25 points, who they have three games in hand over, and they have five games in hand over league leaders Irvine who are on 35 points.

Peter added: “The league campaign is the main focus, we still have 13 games to go. It’s still in our own hands if we can win our games in hand.

“We have players coming back on Saturday so we will have a strong squad in place for the next couple of weeks.

“Craigmark will want to give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”