Cup final joy for Girvan youth team

Girvan Youth’s U17 team won a thrilling cup final against Troon FC last week as they fought back from two goals down to win on penalties.

Eddie McCulloch’s side looked down and out after two quickfire goals from Troon in the first half put them in command of the David McNaught Cup, but Girvan weren’t to be beaten.

Basked in glorious sunshine at the Kilwinning sports centre, it was the Girvan youngsters who started the brighter with all the action in Troon’s half as they created several chances.

The best fell to Brandon Rice but his shot was saved by Jordan McNaught in the Troon goal, who then broke up the park and scored to take the lead.

Girvan’s heads went down after this and Troon scored a second goal instantly with a deflected shot that deceived Jordan Ross in the Girvan goal.

Girvan were again the better team at the start of the second half and their hard work paid off when some good work from Ross Steel saw him give McNaught no chance and it was 2-1.

Girvan pressed for an equaliser and were rewarded when Connor Gracie robbed the Troon defence and fired a low shot past McNaught to bring Girvan level.

The game went to extra time and was evenly contested but with minutes remaining disaster loomed as Troon were given a penalty. However, Jordan Ross brilliantly saved and was the hero again for his side in the penalty shoot-out as he saved two Troon spot kicks to seal victory for McCulloch’s youngsters.

It was an emotional night for the McNaught family as the cup was awarded to Girvan in memory of David McNaught,who was a highly respected coach of TASS after he sadly passed away from cancer last year.

His son Jordan and others in the Troon team played under David and the trophy was presented to Girvan by David’s late wife Joanne.

The Girvan team showed the upmost respect to the McNaught family upon lifting the trophy which they had fought so hard to win.