Ibrox date could be prize for cup win

GIRVAN are gearing up for a Scottish Cup showdown against last year’s East Super League champions, Bonnyrigg Rose.

After a shaky start to the season this year club chairman Tam McCreadie is hopeful of a win in the cup which could see the Seasiders in the same draw as Glasgow Rangers in the second round of the competition.

And with that slim chance comes the opportunity of a massive pay day for any club lucky enough to draw Rangers at Ibrox.

Tam said: “Rangers could be coming into the draw in the second round or perhaps the third round, so that is a major incentive for any club to have the chance to go and play Rangers at Ibrox.

“Even if there are only 25-30,000 at the match that will be a big game for any club.”

The game takes place in Edinburgh on Saturday and there is a bus leaving Girvan at the Keystore at 10.30am for any supporters wishing to travel with a cost of £10 for the bus.

The club are also playing tonight (August 22) away to Annbank in the league.

Last week Girvan played Troon twice, once in the Ardagh Glass sectional league cup at home last Wednesday and in the Ayrshire District League on Saturday, losing both games by three goals to one.

On Wednesday night Troon took the lead in ten minutes when a shot from 18 yards beat keeper Jarred Nisbet. But the keeper made amends in the 17th minute when he saved a penalty.

Troon made it 2-0 in the 55th minute when a defensive error left a Troon striker with only the keeper to beat.

Again in the 58th minute another defensive mistake let Troon through to make it 3-0.

Girvan got a goal back in the 70th minute when Darren Mitchell turned in a Scott McGilp cross. In the league game on Saturday Girvan took the lead in the ninth minute with a good passing move involving Gordon MacLaughlin which was converted by Darren Mitchell.

Trron equalised in the 22nd minute with a header from a corner and Girvan had some good chances in the first half but failed to score.

And again in the early part of the second half were putting Troon under pressure when Troon broke up the park and got themselves a free kick. Again poor defensive play led to a goal for Troon.

In the 77th minute it was 3-1 after a glancing header for Troon.

Tam added: “It was a much better display on Saturday, it’s starting to come together. We really need another big centre half to play alongside Danny Cunningham as we need a bit more cover in the area of the pitch.