Girvan put up strong fight in cup tie

Girvan FC produced arguably their best display of the season so far as they went down fighting in a defeat to Benburb in the West of Scotland Cup.

The Seasiders lost the tie 4-2 away from home on Saturday but they were leading at one point and the match only turned on a controversial red card.

Ian McIntyre’s penalty after 19 minutes had Girvan ahead in a tie they went into as 5/1 outsiders with the book makers.

The lead was shortlived with Benburb equalising five minutes later on 24 minutes.

Girvan more than held their own though and went in level at half-time.

The home side completed their turnaround early on in the second half when they took the lead on 51 minutes to go ahead 2-1.

The game turned on a decision to send off Girvan’s Neal Gilmour for a challenge on 57 minutes.

The referee claimed Gilmour had gone in studs up on one of the Benburb players but the Gazette understands that the club are hoping to appeal the decision.

And the Gazette also understands that Gilmour is also set to take on a more prominent role at the club by teaming up with Danny Cunningham to help out with the coaching side of things.

Gilmour’s dismissal led to Benburb taking control of the tie as they added a third goal in 59 minutes before they scored a fourth on 72 minutes to seal a place in the next round.

Girvan pushed until the end though and got a goal back on 73 minutes through David McVittie but Benburb held on to win a pulsating cup tie.

Next up for Girvan is another cup tie as they tackle Neilston Juniors at Hamilton Park on Saturday (25th) in the Scottish Junior Cup with kick off at 2.30pm.

After a spirited performance on Saturday, Girvan will be going into the tie with some renewed confidence, especially since Neilston are coming to the coast having lost 6-0 to Shotts on Saturday.

The latest winner of the club’s weekly 50/50 draw was Andy Harrow who collected £60.