Goal joy at last!

Girvan 5 Glenafton Athletic 0

GIRVAN finally found shooting boots on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over Glenafton.

Goals from Stuart Peacock, Scott McQuade, Sean McKenna and a double from John Bradford earned the Seasiders a much needed three points.

Chairman Tam McCreadie was delighted with the win and the performance, he said: “It was a big improvement. It shows what can happen when you take your chances and get an early goal.

“We had Stevie O’Donnell back and our defence looked more solid with him and Stuart Peacock in the middle and the two full backs had good games as well.

“Apart from a ten-minute spell in the second half, I thought we were on top throughout the game.”

Brian McLuckie’s men got off to a flying start when they took the lead after only two minutes. Alan Love delivered an excellent corner into the area and Peacock towered above everyone to head home.

And they nearly doubled their lead four minutes later but Lee McCrae’s volley was deflected just past the post.

The second goal did arrive after a quarter of an hour, though, when Scott McGilp burst down the right wing and delivered a pinpoint cross for Bradford to nod home.

The home side were flying after their excellent start but they had goalkeeper Darren Johnson to thank when he denied Gareth Armstrong from a close-range effort with his legs after 22 minutes.

Three minutes later, Girvan further extended their lead when Bradford headed home from McCrae’s corner.

The confidence was soaring through the Seasiders as they attacked with great fluency and movement.

And it was no surprise when they scored a fourth goal nine minutes before the interval.

McQuade picked up a loose ball on the halfway line and, with Afton players standing off him, made his way into the box and slotted the ball home.

The points were sealed before the interval and the topic of discussion amongst the support was how many would the home side score.

The answer was just the one, but Girvan wasted a great opportunity for another and Bradford to complete his hat trick when he blazed a penalty over the bar.

The final goal of the afternoon came with ten minutes to go when McKenna turned and fired home a low drive from inside the area.

Commenting on how unpredictable the First Division can be, McCreadie added: “Three points and where does it get you? One place up the table.

All the clubs around us had good weeks so we only made up one position. But, as I’ve said before, a couple of wins on the spin can see you climb right up the table. Hopefully that’s us turning a corner.

“From playing the league leaders on Saturday we face second top, so it’s another tough game, but hopefully we get another three points from it.”