Girvan narrowly beaten in junior cup

Girvan’s Scottish Junior Cup dreams were ended on Saturday as they put up a brave fight against Premier Division Beith.

After holding the North Ayrshire side to a 0-0 draw at Hamilton Park, the replay finally went ahead at the weekend after two postponements.

It was the home side who started the game on top with Steven Douglas making a good save in the second minute, before Josh Sloan cleared a shot off the line on five minutes.

The home side grabbed the all important first goal on 37 minutes when a through ball was collected by the experienced Kenny McLean who showed composure to round Douglas before slotting home.

However, Girvan came back strongly with Craig Reid having a chance on 40 minutes but he couldn’t get his shot away before he was closed down.

Two minutes later a cross from Jo Maxwell saw Robert Paterson hit a header onto the top of the bar.

Girvan continued their pressure at the start of the second half and were rewarded for their efforts when Paul Cameron was tripped inside the area and he slotted home the resulting penalty.

However, slack defending from a corner left the Beith’s McLean unmarked and he headed home to make it 2-1.

Girvan fought to get back into the game with substitute Chris Allan sending a free kick narrowly wide but the game ended on a sour note as Cameron was given a soft seccond yellow card.

Girvan are in cup action again on Saturday when they host Blantyre Vics at Hamilton Park. Kick off at 1.45pm.