Bad day for eight man Girvan



AN afternoon to forget for the Seasiders, who conceded eight and had four sent off – including manager Brian McLuckie – at Hamilton Park on Saturday.

A horror second-half saw them concede seven and lose the services of John Bradford, Iain Fulton and Kyle Faulds from the playing field, while McLuckie was sent to the stands following Bradford’s sending off.

The visitors ended up running riot with the extra space and piled on the misery for the Seasiders, who were glad to hear the full-time whistle.

Club chairman Tam McCreadie admitted it certainly wasn’t a day to remember.

He said: “The sending off of John certainly was the turning point of the game. At 2-0 down we still could have got back into the game, but after that it was over.

“Then, with Iain’s sending off five minutes later, they took advantage of the extra space and the big pitch.

“Even when we went down to eight men we were still giving them a go and looking to attack. They are not a bad side, they keep the ball well, but we should be beating them at home. We played Auchinleck Talbot off the park at Beechwood in the League Cup, we should have had enough for Ardrossan at Hamilton Park.”

Saturday’s game got off to the worst possible start when Stephen Reid converted from close range after only two minutes. Bradford came close to equalising after 12 minutes but his header from Ryan Holmes cross went just over the bar.

That was about as good as it got for the Seasiders in the first half, but it was no indication of how bad things were going to get in the second half.

Minutes after the restart, the visitors doubled their lead when Graeme Hamilton fired home from close range from Andy Boyle’s cross. Girvan then went down to ten men when Bradford was shown a second yellow card. The former Arthurlie man caught Scott Houston with his trailing arm and there seemed to be a delay from the referee and his assistant, before a free kick was awarded and the yellow and red was shown to Bradford.

The delay upset manager McLuckie, who was sent to the stands for his protests. Just after the hour, Girvan were down to nine men when Iain Fulton was shown a red card for a last-man tackle on Reid inside the area. Scott Adam dispatched the spot kick.

With a two-man advantage, Rovers made full use of the extra time and space and two more goals from Reid, a double from Darren MacLean and another from Hamilton completed the rout for the North Ayrshire side.

Kyle Faulds was shown a straight red card two minutes before half time to compound Girvan’s misery. Tam added: “It’s just a day to forget and we now need to put it to one side and focus on the next game against Lanark on Saturday before the Scottish Cup tie against Vale of Leithen.”