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A patched-up team of players who were able to make it to the mainland for a match against Glencairn Thistle suffered a 2-1 defeat which has knocked Arran AFC down to fourth place in the league table.
Players who were available to attend the match needed to spend a few days away from home owing to ferry disruption which necessitated both an early departure and a late return to Arran.
With challenging weather conditions and travel arrangements adding to team woes, an Arran AFC spokseperson said: ‘Very tough conditions and a patched-up team left the boys with a defeat. Still, the boys did brilliantly and we can’t fault them at all. On another day it could of been different. We wish Glencairn Thistle all the best for the rest of the season.’
The defeat at Ardeer Junior Stadium in Stevenston saw Arran AFC drop a rung in the Ayrshire Sunday Amateur Football Association league table.
Arran AFC are now in fourth place on 24 points, with Craigie United occupying third spot. Leading the pack is Grange with 32 points; Irvine No 1 CSC is in second place on 31 points and Craigie United has 27 points.
Arran AFC and Craigie United have both only played 11 matches, in comparison to other league teams who have already played 15 matches, so there is still scope for the team to advance as more fixtures are fulfilled.
The team continue to face challenging opposition this week when they play second-placed Irvine No 1 CSC on Sunday at The Circuit in Irvine.
Photographs: Tam Borland.
Ronan McCowan was selected as man of the match. No_B06ArranAFC01
Kieran Rae is congratulated by his team mates after scoring Arran’s only goal of the match. No_B06ArranAFC02
A tense moment in goal as the ball sails overhead. No_B06ArranAFC03
The two teams continued to play despite heavy downpours which made conditions slippery underfoot. No_B06ArranAFC04
Arran made numerous attempts at goal and all but one was thwarted by the Glencairn Thistle keeper. No_B06ArranAFC05