Penalty save earns cup win for Girvan

Girvan FC’s goalkeeper Stevie Douglas was a penalty shoot out hero as Peter Leonard’s men earned a place in the next round of the West of Scotland Cup by defeating Blantyre.

Douglas saved three penalties after the game had finished in a 1-1 draw as Girvan went through 4-2 on penalties.

Girvan got the all important first goal on the stroke of half time.

After a foul in the box, Paul Cameron scored the penalty to give Girvan a 1-0 lead. The second half started in fiery fashion as Girvan’s Jo Maxwell was shown a straight red for violent conduct after kicking out at a Blantyre player.

The Blantyre bench were furious at Maxwell’s tackle and one of their subs got sent off for his reaction.

Blantyre levelled up soon after Maxwell’s red with a free header in the box and the game went to penalties.

Boss Leonard revealed that he never watches penalty shoot outs.

He said: “It’s a bit of a superstition thing, I’ve never watched them.

“I just feel once I have picked the guys to take them I have no control over what happens

“It’s always good to do well in a national competition and yesterday was a tough, tough game.

“We’re certainly a much stronger side than we were 12 months ago.

“The red card gave Blantyre some momentum as up until then Stevie didn’t really have a save to make and even after the goal it was us who had the better chances.”

Girvan haven’t played a league match since November 7 but they remain third in the table.

Irvine Vics are top on 28 points having played 11 games whilst Darvel are second on 22 points after eleven games.

However, Irvine were beaten on Saturday as they lost 2-0 at home to Lugar whilst Darvel also dropped points in a 2-2 draw against Kello.

Leonard said: “It’s been a good weekend for us with Irvine and Darvel slipping up.

“We’re in a good position going into the New Year but there’s a long, long way to go yet.”