Girvan 2 vs. 2 Petershill
Saturday 25th July 2009, Kick-Off 2.45pm
Hamilton Park, Girvan
It’s a lovely summer’s day, just the one in amongst the almost constant rain that we’ve been having on the west coast of Scotland. Girvan’s about an hour and a half away on the train from Glasgow, changing at Ayr.
Hamilton Park couldn’t be much closer to the train station. It’s right around the corner and less than two minutes walk.
The kick-off time as advertised on Petershill’s website is 2.30pm, so I’m there in plenty of time. However, as the teams are still out kicking the ball around at that time it’s obvious the advertised time is wrong. Some of the punters around me think it’s a 3 o’clock kick off, but the game actually gets under way just before ten to three.
It’s quite a competitive match with both sides committed in their tackling.
The pie stall has ran out of pies so someone makes a run to Asda to get some more.
Girvan take the lead in 33 minutes when their number 10 rolls the ball in after one of his team-mates has cracked a shot off the crossbar. The Petershill goalkeeper sums up the run of play, “Wan chance the cunts have had and they’ve scored!”
The scores are levelled on 40 minutes when Petershill’s number 10 slots the ball into the far corner.
At half-time the social club bar has run out of vodka and someone has to go out to Asda to get more. “You guys can come back anytime,” he says to a group of elderly Petershill fans.
In 65 minutes Petershill get in front when John McGonnigle gets his head to an inswinging corner.
The referee spends much of the last twenty minutes pulling up a succession of Petershill players. With the match being a friendly there’s an obvious reluctance to get the yellow card out, but the game is stopping every couple of minutes so that another Petershill player can get on the receiving end of a talking to.
Girvan equalise in 76 minutes when their number 6 fires in a beautiful free-kick that goes in off the post.
The home team get the chance to win it with two minutes left when the Petershill keeper pulls down the Girvan no 16 as he goes round him. The Girvan player/manager who has just come on as a sub steps up to take the kick. It’s poor and the keeper makes the save.
That’s the last action from an entertaining game. A warm day and four goals makes the trip worthwhile.