Girvan are the champions

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Girvan Academy’s young footballers are Ayrshire champions this year after an excellent performance agsint Grange Academy at Dam Park Stadium.

The final was played in a great spirit and Girvan received no cautions throughout the game which they won by five goals to one.

The players were indeed a credit to the school and based on the performance of the young S2 team there will surely be more success for this group of players.

Girvan however started the game on the back foot and were able to withstand numerous attacks by Grange which came to nothing.

Grange however, did score first in the 20th minute but it was disallowed for offside.

This scare seemed to give Girvan the extra motivation they needed as they pushed forward after the resulting free-kick and scored the opener.

The goal came from a cross from the left by captain Jamie Dorans which was met by the head of Brandon Rice. 

Shortly after the restart Girvan broke down the right with David Gillespie putting Brandon Rice through on a one-on-one with the keeper, who pulled Rice down and a penalty was awarded.

The grange goalkeeper was then sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

The penalty was converted by Jamie Dorans.

After scoring the second goal Girvan dominated play and never looked like conceding with Daniel Storrie and Sean Scobie being untested at the back.

The third goal of the game was scored by Brandon Rice who calmly slotted home past the Grange replacement keeper.

At the half time whistle Girvan were cruising and were cheered off the pitch by the fantastic support from the pupils and teachers who made the journey to Dam Park for the game.

The second half got under way and Girvan came out the starting blocks and scored two goals in quick succession, a wonder strike from the edge of the box by Kieran Balfour and a great strike across the keeper by Jamie Dorans ensured the Ayrshire Cup would be coming home to Girvan Academy.

The game was wrapped up after 65 minutes and the boys could breathe easy.

Grange however, did score towards the end, after some poor marking by the defence.

Many thanks go to Jack McClymont, Sandy Robertson and Ryan Golightly for their assistance in running the under 14 team.