A festival of football


Girvan Youth Football festival, now running for its fourth year, was another success despite early setbacks.

With a bad weather forecast and a couple of teams not turning up there was a bit of disappointment as the day began.

However Saturday started with the 1998s which had teams from different leagues competing for the Greenham Cup.

Girvan Youth opened the festival taking on St Mirren. The game finished 2-2 with Kyle McCulloch scoring both goals.

Next up were league champions Crosshouse who beat EK Hotspur 3-1.

Other results were Rangers SABC 2 GSC Milan 0, St Mirren 0 Hampden BC 2, Rangers SABC 1 EK Hotspur 0, Crosshouse 1 GSC Milan 1, GSC Milan 1 EK Hotspur 3.

The next two games decided who was in the final in winner takes all game.

Girvan Youth beat Hampden BC 2-0 with goals from Brandon Rice and Matthew Taylor and Rangers SABC beating Crosshouse 2-1 setting up what was to be a fantastic final.

Girvan won 2-1 with goals from Brandon Rice and Kieran Balfour - a fantastic end of season for the boys.

Other age groups playing on Saturday were 2001, 2002 & 2003.

Sunday had the 2000 playing 11-a-side for the first time with teams from across Ayrshire playing a very high standard of football.

Also up on Sunday were the Girvan girls U13 team and the 2004 4V4 festival.

All in all the event was a great success with over 400 players enjoying a great weekend.

Many thanks to all the helpers - too many to name but you all know who you are.

Eddie McCulloch said: “Without their hard work this event couldn’t take place and we would also like to thanks our sponsors William Grant & Sons, Nestle and Greenhams.

“Thanks also to all the bakers and everyone enjoyed the home baking and a big thanks to Martin the chef who tossed a few burgers over the weekend.”