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Girvan 1-5 Arthurlie

Girvan 1-5 Arthurlie – 31 July 2021 – WoSFL Conference A

By Frank Cassidy

ARTHURLIE’S win over Girvan started with a bombardment of the home side which resulted in a three-goal margin with 19 minutes played.

Carrying on where it left off, the number 3 was again significant as ‘Lie took the lead after three minutes. Dale Simeon was the provider with a superb pass into the box, where Gary Carroll made no mistake.

His namesake, Gary Smith, then doubled the lead with a header from a Tam McGaughey cross two minutes later. The jubilant visiting fans had even more to cheer when their trialist central defender displayed the predatory instinct of a striker to make it 3-0.

There appeared to be no way back for Girvan but they were not throwing the towel in, with Mark Curragh putting in a shift up front. And it was Curragh who got their goal after Stephen McLelland took advantage of hesitancy in the Arthurlie defence.

With half-time approaching McGaughey showed some super skills in shielding the ball before dispatching a shot which keeper Sam Gibson just managed to hold.

It was a more even contest in the second half with both teams creating numerous chances, Arthurlie’s two Garys combining but being outnumbered.

Both Girvan’s full-backs then had opportunities with Jackson Biggar unlucky after taking on the defence single-handedly. Then Joe Maxwell had a shot saved after the ball had sat up perfectly for him following a corner.

But neither came as close as McGaughey, who almost broke the crossbar in two with the keeper beaten.

Gibson was beaten for real though, in 79 minutes, as ‘Lie pummeled the defence and his parry was met by Nad Zeb who fired home.

Game over by the look of things and Carroll confirmed this with a penalty in the dying minutes after Darren Ramsay had been brought down.

Arthurlie Team – Scott, Gebbie (Zeb 55), MacKay, Pearce (McLachlan 72), Trialist, Rouslton, Carroll, McLaughlin, Smith, Simeon, McGaughey (Ramsay 72). Subs not used – Pirie, Green.

SPEAKING to the club’s social media after the 5-1 victory, manager Andy McFadyen revealed how he motivated the team.

He said: “Unfortunately we had a bad experience at Maybole when Conor Bradley was badly injured and the match was abandoned.

“I said to the lads before the match to go out and do it for Conor and they didn’t half do it!”

It was a win that keeps The ‘Lie’ league leaders alongside Shotts but it is too early to talk about the title says the gaffer.

He added: “We set a marker coming here and winning 5-1. It’s a hard place to come and get a result and the boys played great.

“Right now I cannot ask for any more from the players, we are playing really well and long may it continue.

“Girvan came into the match at one point but that’s not a concern – it is difficult to dominate a match for 90 minutes as teams are always going to create chances against you.

“Obviously they took their chance in the first half and scored a goal but we came back at them in the second half and ended up convincing winners.

“Right now we are looking at one game at a time and only being concerned with our next opponents and nothing else.

“We are not going to get too far ahead of ourselves but, if we can continue to do the business on the park, we’ll be up there at the end of the season.”

‘Mon the ‘Lie

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