Girvan FC much improved in Dalry defeat

Girvan remain rooted to the bottom of the Ayrshire District League but put in a much improved display on Saturday against Dalry.

Managerless Girvan may have lost the match 3-0 but they held their opponents until half-time and the result was only decided in a seven minute spell during the second half from Dalry.

Girvan could have opened the scoring in the very first minute when the impressive Connor Gracie cut in but his shot, which had the keeper beaten, ended wide of the goal.

Gracie had another chance to give Girvan the lead on 24 minutes when he was set up by Richard Ashworth but again his shot went by the post.

Dalry then went up the other end and almost took the lead when a shot from the edge of the box went wide.

The side from North Ayrshire were now starting to take control of the game and Stuart Leavy came to Girvan’s rescue twice before the half time interval.

Firstly, on 38 minutes he denied the home side with a fine save before, on 42 minutes, he turned over a shot that was destined to hit the back of the net.

However, it was Girvan who had the last action of the first half with Ian McIntyre’s free-kick being headed over by Callum Hamilton.

Girvan were forced into a change at half time with McIntyre being replaced by James McEvoy.

Dalry secured the three points in a blistering seven minute spell after the hour mark.

On 61 minutes they opened the scoring before a second was added two minutes later when their striker knocked home from eight yards after latching onto a knock down from a free kick. And on 68 minutes the game was over when a curling shot found the top corner.

Alan Robertson was denied on 82 minutes by a good save from the Dalry keeper.

Girvan travel to Benburb on Saturday in the West of Scotland Cup with a 2pm kick off. The latest winner of the 50/50 draw was Frank Linning who won £60.