A very entertaining third round Scottish Cup match ended with Girvan progressing to the last 32.
The visit to Blackburn was fraught with danger as they presently top and remain unbeaten in their league. Girvan were without Michael Reilly, Tony Murphy and the injured Ryan McCubbin.
The visitors got off to a fast start, only 5 minutes in and Davie Cunningham curled his shot from just inside the box into the corner of the net with the keeper well beaten. Three minutes later and Robert Paterson was unlucky not to join him on the scoresheet when he had two headers cleared off the line by Blackburn defenders. Girvan did extend there lead in the 10th minute when Davie Cunningham let Craig Reid’s throw in go over his shoulder and he turned and volleyed the ball home from 16 yards out.
To the home sides credit they fought back creating well from the back. Girvan were not pressing as a team allowing the home side to play through the midfield to their strikers. They nearly equalised when a header went just over from 6 yards out. Then Scott Johnstone had to save well, low down to his left, before making a magnificent save after the Blackburn striker was left one on one. Next up Scott Dinwoodie put in a wonderful challenge in the box to clear a dangerous attack. However this just delayed the inevitable and in the 31st minute the home side got one back. A clearance from a corner was not pressed and the cross back into the box was flicked into the net by Mildren.
Four minutes later they could have been on level terms when former Whitletts and Maybole defender, Martin Lawrie, curled his shot round John Frame but it cannoned back off the post.
Girvan changed the shape they had been playing to counteract the Blackburn attacks and it paid off in the 39th minute. Andy Stevenson held it up well and played it to David Jardine whose cross was met by Robert Paterson. The keeper parried his effort but only as far as Davie Cunningham and he thumped home from 3 yards to complete his hat trick.
So in at the break with Girvan slightly fortunate to have a two goal lead.
Girvan started quickly and from their first attack a mistimed clearance by the Blackburn defender fell to Andy Stevenson and he finished well from 12 yards out, shooting into the top corner.
Blackburn had a near miss in the 55th minute but the free header by their striker went over the bar. Three minutes later they got one back, a cut back across the 6 yard box was met by McQuillan and he finished well from close in.
Girvan then rang the changes with Michael Mossie replacing the injured Stevie McCreadie and Stephen Auld coming on for Andy Stevenson. Both sides kept pushing but the play was mainly confined to the midfield and towards the end Girvan controlled the game.
Marc Cameron came on for Davie Jardine after Davie had been booked for deliberate hand ball. In the 84th minute the game was over when Jack McDowall was played through by Robert Paterson and the big man finished well lobbing it over the keeper into the empty net. With only a couple of minutes left Stephen Auld nearly added another but his shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded to safety.
A decent performance on the 3G surface by the boys from Hamilton Park, back to league business next week as we visit Shettleston.