Maybole’s promotion hopes suffer a blow

Maybole Juniors promotion hopes suffered a big blow on Saturday when they conceded late goals to fall to a 2-1 defeat by Kilsyth Rangers.

Kilsyth leapfrogged Maybole into second place in the Super League First Division and Maybole must now hope to win as many of their remaining six matches as possible whilst at the same time hope other teams slip up.

The game was in some doubt but went ahead in breezy conditions with Maybole having the luxury of the wind at their backs during the first half, though they perhaps didn’t utilise that as well as they should have.

Scott Johnstone in the Maybole goal was kept busy as Kilsyth pressed for an opener. However it was Marc Doolan who grabbed the opening goal for Carlo Walker’s Maybole side as sloppy defending allowed Davie Cunnigham to square for Doolan inside the box and he made no mistake.

And with just ten minutes to go it looked as though Maybole’s hard work and counter attacking would pay off as they still lead. But then came the turning point as Joe Barclay was brought down and the home side’s Paul Doyle slotted past Scott Johnstone.

Worse was to follow as Barclay rounded Johnstone three minutes later to score the winner.

Maybole slip to third in the league and next up for them is a Ayrshire Cup tie against Irvine Vics at home on Saturday (April 4). Kick off at 2pm.