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Vale of Girvan travelled up to Dean Park in Kilmarnock last Saturday expecting to come home to Girvan with all three points. However, after dominating the game, an injury-time equaliser put paid to those hopes.

They started the game very brightly with attack after attack and both Nathan Smith and John McMillan came close.

And all the pressure paid off when a good ball into the box by Bob Ashworth found Neil Hyslop at the back post to put Vale of Girvan one up.  

It was all one-way traffic in the first half, with Vale’s keeper McNeilly having absolutely nothing to do. But, despite that, the break was reached with only the one goal separating the teams.

Once again, Vale started well in the second half, but a lot of passes were going astray, mainly due to slackness.

They kept pressing, however, thinking that one of their many chances would go in.

Ashworth was always the main threat to Castleford, but the home defence stood strong.

And disappointment came Vale’s after 65 minutes when they went down to ten men after referee Paul McBride gave a straight red card to Ashworth for dissent after an offside decision went Castleford’s way.

Manager Gordon McIlwraith made a swift change by hooking Hyslop, who was replaced by Galloway to stiffen up the midfield and run down the clock.

But just when Vale looked to have seen the game out, Castleford scored the equaliser in the 94th minute after a stramash in the Vale penalty area that led to Ryan Smith slotting home from six yards.

After the game, McIlwraith said: “I am very disappointed with this result, as I never in my wildest dreams believed we would lose a goal so late when we had so much of the play.

“All the boys are gutted just now, but we are all looking forward to playing undefeated Dreghorn next week, because we are the only two teams in the league that are undefeated.

Vale of Girvan: McNeilly, Gilchrest, Fletcher, N Hyslop, Brown, McMillan, Smith, Bryce, Ashworth, Stevenson, Hyslop. Subs: Campbell (unused) Wason (unused) Galloway (65)