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Whitletts Vics : Match Report

Monday, 01 April 2019


When you’re at the wrong end of the table fighting for survival, it often seems that Lady Luck is against you and that’s how it must feel for everyone involved at Girvan as an early Adam Forsyth goal gave Whitletts the points in this South Ayrshire derby.

For two thirds of this game, the Girvan players showed the mentality and desire required if they are to beat the drop to League One as they were the dominant force against a lacklustre Vics side but they paid the penalty for their inability to take any of the chances that came their way in an intriguing ninety minutes at Hamilton Park.

It was Whitletts who started the match better and Vics skipper Raymond Buchanan came close early on but just couldn’t get up enough to capitalise on a Louis Kerr corner to the back post. Forsyth then had a shot on the turn that flew into the side netting as Vics looked for that early goal and when the next chance came along in the 12th minute the Vics striker wasn’t found wanting. A poor clearance by Mark Doolan fell kindly for Forsyth who swivelled to fire past Ally McInnes for his 38th competitive goal of the season to equal the record for a season for a Vics player in the modern era.

Girvan’s response was swift when former Vics striker Craig Harvey tried his luck from 20 yards but Martin Fraser in the Vics goal was at full stretch to parry away his effort.

Still it was Whitletts who looked the more likely to add to their tally and Buchanan was unlucky against his former side when his back post header from a Sean Ewart free kick came back off the post. On the half hour Isaac Kerr’s header from a Ewart corner flew inches wide.

Up to this point any threat to the visitors goal had come from Harvey and the home fans thought they had equalised in the 36th minute when the strikers shot from 22 yards hit the stanchion on the wrong side of the post but that appeared to galvanise the Seasiders and they grew in confidence. With four minutes of the first period remaining they should have equalised when Lee Sloan somehow managed to fire over from only six yards out with the goal at his mercy after being set up by Danny Wilson.

Girvan started the second half strongly and should have been level inside two minutes but this time it was Callum McDade who was the villain as he sclaffed his effort inside the six yard box allowing Fraser to save when it seemed easier to score.

Sandy Robertson’s drive from distance went just wide and a Harvey toe poke was pushed behind by Fraser as the home side dominated and Vics’ struggled to find any sort of cohesion.

But with 18 minutes left it was the visitors who almost doubled their advantage but Louis Kerr’s low cross was narrowly behind Forsyth who couldn’t get enough on the ball to force it home. And within a minute it looked like they were set to rue that missed opportunity as Girvan were awarded a controversial penalty after Harvey went down after a coming together with Isaac Kerr inside the box. It was a soft award by referee Liam Gallagher who then doubled Vics anguished by brandishing a second yellow card to the big Vics defender to reduce the visitors to ten men.

However it was Vics keeper Martin Fraser who came to his sides rescue as he dived to his right to push Harvey’s well struck spot kick round the post, giving Vics fans a sense of justice at the outcome.

Still Girvan pressed forward and only a superb goalline clearance by Callum Ogston denied Sloan the opportunity to tap home after some fine play by Harvey down the right.

In the 81st minute Whitletts looked set to seal the points when a fine cross by Andy Kerr picked out Thomas Donovan but the Vics striker saw his shot from ten yards crash back off the underside of the bar.

Girvan were still in the game and they fought to the end looking for that illusive goal that would have given them a vital point. From a deep free kick into the Vics box McDade was given a free header at the back post but his angled effort flew wide and then deep into injury time it was Doolan’s turn to be denied when his header crashed back off the face of the crossbar.

Not a great performance by Vics but they took all three points back up the road to Ayr, leaving Girvan ruing what they will feel to be a missed opportunity to pick up valuable points in their battle against relegation.

1 McInnes 2. Robertson 3. Doolan 4. Marshall 6. Cunningham 7. Wilson 8. Cameron 9. Harvey 10. Sloan 11. McDade 18. Lamont (McCambley 85)
Subs (not used) 12. Caldwell 14. Tait 16. Copeland

Whitletts Victoria:
1. Fraser 2. Ogston 3. Ewart 4. Brown (A.Kerr 58) 5. I.Kerr 6. Buchanan 7. Millar 8. Boyd 9. Forsyth 10. Donovan 11. L.Kerr
Subs (not used) 14. Mullen 15. Mathieson

Referee: Liam Gallagher

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