PAUL DAVIES has hailed his Newmains side for refusing to buckle against Girvan.
The League Two outfit had to reshuffle their side on the morning of their Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup second round clash – then conceded two first half goals.
But rather than collapsing they took the game to their League One opponents and pulled a goal back through man-of-the-match Dominic Cherrie (sponsored by PropPal) on the stroke of half-time.
Despite pressing for an equaliser after the break they couldn’t find the second goal.
But the rousing display left co-manager Davies hugely proud of his players – and optimistic about the final weeks of the season.
He said: “Despite the fact that we lost the game I have to say the performance was first-class.
“We went into the match missing key players and we even had call offs on the morning of the game.
“But the boys who stepped in gave a faultless performance and it was a joy to watch at times.
“We lost two early goals but there were never any signs we would give up or let the heads go down.”
Davies felt his side were on the wrong end of some refereeing calls, which might have helped their comeback cause.
He said: “I felt we were denied three penalties opportunities in the game, which on another day and with another ref would have been given.
“But that aside, once we scored our goal the game became a fantastic cup tie and an entertaining game for the fans.”
The game was finally played at the third attempt after Girvan moved the clash to Cambusdoon Sports Club in Alloway.
Both United and the Scottish Junior Association West Association agreed to the switch earlier in the week with Girvan’s Hamilton Park still under water.
United next travel to Vale of Clyde this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
Davie added: “Hopefully we can take the form we showed in the Girvan match into the league games we have left.”