Indiscipline and controversial penalty cost Girvan

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GIRVAN looked to be cruising to victory in this Stagecoach west of Scotland super league match until disaster struck with around 15 minutes to go.

With Girvan leading the match 3-0 the last period of the game saw two Girvan players sent off and Cumbernauld score four goals.

Girvan had started the game well with a Lee McCrea goal in six minutes from the penalty spot after Michael O’ Conner had been felled.

Girvan had a couple of good chances in the first half with keeper Darren Johnston only having to make the one save but the score was still only 1-0 at half time.

Girvan made it 2-0 in the 48th minute when Lee McCrae missed a cross but it hit a defender and looped into the net. It was 3-0 in 62 minutes when Alan Love scored with a shot.

Cumbernauled scored what looked to be a consolation in the 75th minute with a good goal from the edge of the box.

But an extremely controversial penalty in the 80th minute changed the game.

Tommy Maitland won the ball cleanly in the box and play carried on but after around four or five seconds the referee suddenly blew his whistle and pointed to the spot much to the astonishment of Girvan.

Lee McCrae was then send off for dissent and Cumbernauld made it 3-2 from the spot.

But Girvan were rattled and in the 86th minute a low shot made it under Johnston and into the net for 3-3.

In the 88th minute Tommy Maitland was sent off again for dissent and from the same free kick Cumbernauld scored the winner.

Girvan now have three big games over the next couple of weeks beginning tonight (Wednesday) away to Dalry and then on Saturday at 2pm with a rematch against Cumbernauld in Girvan.

They then play Hulford and Shotts at home.