Vale of Girvan 3
Drongan AFC 0
The Vale of Girvan started their pre season on a high by winning the Crosshill Summer Cup last week when they beat Drongan, who are a division higher than them in the league.
The Vale started the final playing some lovely one touch football against Drongan, who brought a good sized, vocal support with them that tried to intimidate the Vale lads. However, they are made of sterner stuff than that as they rose to the occasion.
The Vale were also well supported and the rival fans shared some well meant banter that added to the atmosphere.
Both teams started the game slowly as they probed for the opening goal that would calm the nerves.
It was to be the Vale that made most inroads into the game with great movement through the middle of the park from John McMillan and David McVittie that saw some decent chances being made.
John McMillan played a great ball through to Liam Wright who fired in a shot from twenty-five yards on goal that forced Chris Montgomery in the Drongan goal to pull out a great save.
The Vale of Girvan started piling on the pressure with Bob Ashworth and Kenny Gilchrest causing a lot of trouble down both wings.
The Vale won a corner after forty minutes which saw great delivery put over from Bob Ashworth which was met by the head of Captain Steven McCluskie which flew into the back of the net to put the vale 1-0 up at half time.
After good words from manager McIlwraith and his new assistant manager Tommy Robertson the Vale started the second half very brightly. Once again the Drongan were under a lot of pressure by more fine runs from Kenny Gilchrest who was putting good deliveries into the Drongan box.
It was all Vale pressure now which saw them win another corner which saw another good ball in by Bob Ashworth which was once again met by Steven McCluskie to put the vale two up with ten minutes remaining.
With two minutes left the game was wrapped up when young David Bryce scored number three for the Vale.
Manager McIlwraith told the Carrick Gazette after the game: “We are absolutely delighted to win the Crosshill cup this year with, with a lot of players fighting for their place in this team we have had a great pre season that has done the team a lot of good.
We are also delighted to sign a quality player in Darren Mitchell for the season ahead.” The Vale are at home on Saturday to last year’s league winner’s Dreghorn.