There was no happy return for Iain Kearney as Girvan went down 1-0 away to Darvel on Saturday.
It was a somewhat different game from the previous weekend when Girvan thumped Craigmark 14-0 at Hamilton Park.
Despite playing against ten men for the last twenty minutes, Girvan couldn’t break down their stubborn hosts and as a result slip to ninth in the league after their second defeat in three league games.
A minutes silence was held before the game in memory of Darvel committee member John Kelly who had passed away recently.
Girvan started the game brightly at Recreation Park with Mark Doolan bursting forward from right back on two minutes but he fired over.
On nine minutes both Jordan Ryan and Craig Harvey were denied inside the box as Girvan pressed for an opener.
But the visiting goalkeeper David Markey had to be alert on 21 minutes after a great solo run from Keir White forced him into a save.
And it was the home side that took the lead four minutes before half-time as a mistake in the Girvan defence allowed Murray Johnston to slot home what would prove to be the winning goal.
Girvan came out fighting in the second half and twice went close on the hour mark first hitting the crossbar and then forcing a good save from a header.
And then with 20 minutes to go Greg Vernon was sent off for Darvel and Girvan continued to pile on the pressure but to no avail as Darvel grabbed all three points.
Next up for Girvan is a home match on Saturday (7 September) against Irvine Vics. Kick off at 2pm.
There was disappointment for Maybole as well as they went down 2-0 to Thorniewood United to end their unbeaten start to the league season.
However, they remain third in the league table ahead of a home match against Kilsyth Rangers on Saturday at 2pm.