STUBBORN Irvine Meadow's never-say-die approach helped them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday.

That was the verdict of boss Ross Wilson as his team came from 2-0 down to defeat Troon 3-2 in the Super Premier Division opener at Portland Park.

Now he is looking for another top performance on Friday night as Meadow head to the west end to face Irvine Vics in the Marymass Trophy match.

But before that Vics, who are still licking their wounds after a 3-1 opening day defeat against Ardrossan Winton Rovers, are at Abbey Park tonight (Wednesday) to face Kilwinning Rangers in the Ardagh Glass League Cup quarter-finals.

Ross, who took charge late last season, was delighted with the weekend showing and said: "People were saying before the match how Troon were the bookies' favourites to win the league and they have good players like Dean Keenan, who has senior experience. So this was a good result. The players have a never-say-die attitude and they just never know when they are beaten. They showed great powers of recovery on Saturday but I believe in them. Our target is promotion."

The manager is looking forward to his first experience of the Marymass match and said: "It will be a different challenge and it's good to have a night off from the league. We had chances to win the league cup match against Vics a couple of weeks ago. Vics will go into it with their tails as they have done well to make the quarter-finals. The form book goes out the window in this match and there have been some interesting derbies but hopefully we can win."

On Monday night Meadow play Shettleston in the league and Wilson said: "We must take the three points."

Meadow skipper Ben Carson, who scored a double in the game at Troon added: "We deserved to win the game. In the second half we played much better and it was a good three points. We had been focusing all of our preparations on the opening league match."

Vics manager Stevie Wilson was disappointed with the weekend defeat and said: "We were a bit leggy after the Hurlford game last Wednesday but I don't want to use that as an excuse. But were not good enough."

Looking ahead he said: "It's a really big week. As far as Wednesday goes Kilwinning are team with quality all over their squad including Bryan Boylan. But hopefully we can get a result and sneak through. Meadow are a Super League side and I'm sure Ross Wilson will do very well. We beat them last season so hopefully we can win the game."

Vics on Monday face a long trip to face Lugar Boswell Thistle and the boss said: "We must aim to win the game."

David "Harpo" Smith (groin injury) misses out.