Heroic defending gets three points for Girvan

Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham

THIS was a real game of two halves with Girvan doing most of the attacking in the first half and then putting in some couragous defending in the second.

In the first 25 minutes of the game Girvan were on top. They took the lead in 27 minutes when a Girvan corner taken by Scott Cunningham was met by David Strachan who had found space in the box to put in a good header into the net.

In the 29th minute Cunningham was again the supplier when a free kick was met by Harvey in the box. He had his back to goal and his shot on the turn went narrowly past the post.

In the 28th minute Joe Maxwell had a good shot again just past the post but it was close enough to have the keeper worried in the Ardeer goal.

In the 45th minute there was a chance for Ardeer when they got a shot from a corner but the ball went over the bar.

In the second half Ardeer had most of the play but did not really manage to bother Nisbet in the Girvan goal.

Girvan were defending well and throwing themselves at the ball and blocking shots not letting Ardeer get a shot on target.

In the 75th minute Darren Mitchell broke up the park and played the ball to Strachan but the pass was just too long for Strachan and the defence were able to clear.

In the 78th minute came the only save the Nisbet was forced to make in the Girvan goal.

The ball went out of play on the far side of the park and it looked like a throw in, but the referee gave a corner. When the ball was played into the box Girvan’s defenders managed to block two shots but the third attempt got through to the Girvan goalkeeper who did well to make the save in a packed goalmouth.

In the 90th minute Scott Cummingham had a half chance to make it 2-0 and seal the points for Girvan but the keeper was able to make the save.

Girvan’s defence were on top in the second half and they stood up well to what was thrown at them through the game.

Girvan chairman Tam McCreadie said: “It was a good three points away from home and hopefully we will pick up another three points on Saturday. We are at home to bottom of the league Muirkirk who have only scored four goals and conceded 38.

“Hopefully they don’t come good on Saturday. We have to beat these clubs, no offence to Muirkirk but you have to win your home games in this league to stand an chance of getting anywhere because it’s just so tight.”

Girvan now sit eighth in the league but teams above them have played two or three games more so with those games in hand it could put Girvan up to fourth or fifth in the league - but that all depends on when these games are played.

Girvan will also be awarded their Quality Mark certificate by the Scottish Football Association at a ceremony at Hampden Park on December 7.

The club have managed to fulfil the criteria for the quality mark after applying for the certificate.