Girvan FC force replay in Scottish Cup

Girvan fought back against Lothian Thistle on Saturday to earn a second chance at reaching the first round of the senior Scottish Cup.

They drew their second preliminary round tie 2-2 on the east coast giving them the chance to get through on Saturday at Hamilton Park.

Lothian Thistle won the East of Scotland Premier League division last season and took the lead on 12 minutes through a high driven shot by Dean Cummings.

Girvan drew level on 22 minutes when a long clearance by keeper Steven Douglas was met by David Cunningham and his flick was fired home by Robert Patterson.

Girvan seemed to be denied a penalty near half time when a Lothian player appeared to handle in the box but the referee didn’t point to the spot.

Lothian took the lead on 70 minutes when a cross to the back post was headed in by Cummings but Girvan were given a penalty for a handball on 75 minutes and Paul Cameron made no mistake.

Saturday’s replay tie kicks off at 3pm with Girvan set to face fellow junior side Kelty Hearts in the first round at home on 26 September if they get through.

Girvan manager Peter Leonard said: “We definitely deserved something out of the game.

“In the second half we were the better team and their second goal was against the run of play.

“The boys performed really well and there’s a real incentive to get through to the first round proper but we’ll need to watch their attacking play.

“We should be at full strength for Saturday.”

In amateur football, Vale of Girvan continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 win over Symington Caledonian on Saturday. They are now the only team with a perfect record from their first five games in the third division.

Saturday sees them take on Carrick rivals Dailly in a tough test in the Thistle Bar trophy. Kick off for the match is at 2pm at Riverside Park in Dailly so football fans in Carrick are spoilt for choice on Saturday afternoon.