Season 2013-14 is a mixed bag for Girvan

As Girvan FC reflect on their 2013-14 campaign it is fair to say that it has been a season of ups and downs both on and off the park.

The club have gone through three different management teams this season with the latest being a player-management duo of Danny Cunningham and Darren Mitchell.

The season started with Iain Kearney in charge and it got off to a flyer with impressive wins against Maybole and Troon in the Ardagh Glass league cup, before they lost out to Premier League side Cumnock on penalties in the quarter finals.

An early league season highlight was a 14-0 win over Craigmark but away from home, a win couldn’t be found whilst Auchinleck Talbot ensured an early exit from the senior Scottish Cup condemning Girvan to a 5-1 loss.

Iain Kearney departed in early October and was replaced by former manager Alan Cotton. He steadied the ship somewhat despite losing to Ashfield in the West of Scotland Cup with league wins over Annbank, Dalry and Lugar occurring before Christmas.

And Ashfield were defeated in two memorable Scottish Cup ties. Following a fightback for a 4-4 draw away from home, Girvan came from 3-0 down within 10 minutes to win 4-3.

Incredibly, the game against Rutherglen in the next round of the cup wasn’t completed until 15 March following postponements at both grounds. Girvan lost out on penalties after a replay.

Four goals from Jordan Ryan sealed a 5-3 win over higher division opponents Beith in the Ayrshire Cup in April before Troon stopped the run in the semi finals.

With little to play for, Girvan picked up two wins each over Kello and Muirkirk and a draw with Darvel to finish their Ayrshire District League campaign in seventh place.

The club hope to have a new manager in place soon to take them forward next year.