Seasiders sent home packing
Glencairn ..........3 Girvan ............... 1
Glencairn’s hopes of promotion remain very much alive as they moved up to fourth place in the league table.
Girvan’s early pressure dissipated and Glencairn came into the game and the opening goal arrived when The Glens, unusually, went route one.
KP McAllister’s long kick was not dealt with by the Girvan defence and Fraser Team was on to the loose ball in a flash before fizzing a left-foot shot on the drop which flashed past Scott Johnstone.
Girvan were rocked by this, and Glencairn threatened again almost from the restart, when Jay McKay pounced on a mistake to fire in a shot which Johnstone saved on his line.
The 51st minute saw Girvan pull level as they clinically exposed Glencairn on the break. The Glens conceded possession cheaply from a corner at the other end, and suddenly Girvan had a three-on-three situation as they raced forward. Michael Reilly timed his pass to Glen Ryan Docherty in action perfection to set up Robert Patterson, who took a touch before scoring.
Just as in the first half, Girvan’s pressure then faded and Glencairn re-asserted their control of the game as the hour mark approached.
The 59th minute saw The Glens given a chance to go back in front through a penalty for a trip on Jamie Hamilton. But McKay, who had scored his last three spot kicks, saw his shot saved by Johnstone diving full length to his left.
The Glens’heads could have gone down at that point, but to their credit they retained self belief.
The visitors passed up a huge chance to go in front but Patterson fired wide when he could have picked his spot.
The visitors were to regret that miss as Glencairn scored a terrific team goal in the 83rd minute to re-establish their lead. A lovely passing move on the edge of the penalty area ended with Del McNab setting up Hamilton for a precise finish across Johnstone.
Hamilton doubled his tally and secured the points minutes later when he dipped his shoulder and fired a shot that deflected past the helpless keeper.