New Arthurlie manager Colin Reilly admits it is a privilege to take over in the dugout as he marked his first game in charge with three points.

The Dunterlie Park side picked up their first win in seven games with three points against Cumnock Juniors thanks to first-half goals from Max Kerr and Dale Simeon.

Grant Dickie pulled one back for the away side and Kerr was dismissed before the interval meaning ‘Lie had to play more than half of the game with ten men but put in a committed and determined performance for their new gaffer.

Reilly had one training session with his players ahead of Saturday’s game as he arrives at the club from Vale of Clyde, who look well placed for promotion from the Third Division. He promised the Arthurlie faithful exciting and expansive football.

Speaking to Barrhead Sport, he said: “The first 35 minutes we were fantastic and we dominated for that period and weren’t under pressure at any point. There was a little bit of naivety from young Max getting his second yellow and from there it was backs against the wall.

“The boys were throwing their bodies on the line, disciplined in their shape and we’ve got a couple of really good leaders within the squad so any messages we were passing on were taken onboard.

“They were all there for each other and most importantly I was really happy with how the shape was and how we stayed disciplined, it can be quite easy to lose those things when you’re up against it for such a long period of time.

“It’s a privilege for me to take over Arthurlie and these opportunities don’t come around often so it was one I snapped up. I’ve got confidence in my own ability to go and manage at this level.

“We can’t change too much at the moment even though we have put our own shape in place and adjusted a few things.

“We’ll go out to dominate games, it’s not my style to go out there and contain. We want to be on the ball and be fluid and play through teams and be exciting to watch.”

Arthurlie host Irvine Meadow XI this weekend and Reilly is hoping for the same outcome when he met the Ayrshire side earlier this season.

He added: “We played Meadow with Vale of Clyde earlier in the season and knocked them out of the South Challenge Cup so we know what to expect.

“We’ll work hard this week and there will be a big focus again on going out there and penetrating against teams and making sure we are on the front foot.”

Kick-off at Dunterlie Park is at 2pm.