IRVINE Meadow assistant manager Kevin Deeney said it is a “relief” that Medda finally got back to winning ways on Saturday.

The Meadow Park side welcomed Cumnock to Irvine last weekend, and ran out 2-1 winners in what was a battling tie in the WoSFL Premier League.

It brought an end to a six match winless run for George Grierson’s side - and brought them back up to fourth place in the league table.

“It was more of a relief because we hadn’t won for a while,” Deeney told the Times.

Medda took hold of the match early on, with a second minute strike from Callum Graham and a superb curling effort from Connor Boyd just after the half hour giving them a 2-0 half time lead.

Deeney continued: “Saturday we got off to a great start – I don’t think there’s anything between us and Cumnock – they did nothing wrong and they were 2-0 down, I know exactly how they felt because it’s how we felt at Kilwinning.

“The last time we played them I thought we played better but we got beat that day – we didn’t play good football on Saturday but what we did do is we fought for everything, and that was the pleasing thing.”

James Dolan got a goal back for Cumnock before the hour mark, but Medda defended resolutely, not showing signs of the side who conceded 16 goals in their losing run.

And Deeney credited new signing, centre back Isaac Kerr, for making a massive impact on his debut.

He said: “Big Isaac Kerr’s came in, he’s not played for a few months because he’s been injured. We’ve dropped him right in because he gives you a bit of presence.

“I thought he was brilliant on Saturday, he’s set a bit of a standard. The game suited him because it was pretty physical and demanding.

“We aren’t giving up a lot of chances inside the box, and from that point of view I was pretty happy.”

While the win moves Medda to fourth position in the league, many teams behind still have games in hand - but this does not concern Deeney.

He added: “We can kind of kid ourselves on a bit saying we’re up to fourth in the league, but we’ve played a couple of games more than other people, but if they win their games they might go ahead of us – but it’s honestly so difficult to get those points.

“Every team is capable of beating everyone, it’s so tight, it’s so hard – these points aren’t guaranteed, so when you rack them up and they’re on the board, that’s it, they’re ours.”