Suburbs punished by twice-taken penalty kick
Eastern Suburbs coach Malcolm McPherson did not hold back his disappointment following his team’s controversial 1-0 loss to local rivals Auckland City in the Stirling Sports Premiership on Sunday.
After a goal-less first half, City eventually emerged winners at Bill McKinlay Park after Emiliano Tade was awarded a penalty in the 71st minute.
The penalty shot was saved by Suburbs goalie Silvio Rodic but Tade was allowed to take the shot again after referee Matt Conger penalised Suburbs player Finn Cochran for having handled one of his former club mates in the box.
‘‘It’s a little bit disappointing that we were playing probably the best side in the league and we get to take a penalty twice,’’ McPherson said.
‘‘I think it’s probably a little bit soft.’’
It was a disappointing end to their 2016 season, with two back to back losses to their name, he said.
They had earlier lost to Canterbury United Dragons a week ago.
‘‘It’s a bit of a shame really, we actually started off the game pretty well
‘‘I think we started to give them a little too much room, certainly down the sides.
‘‘They probably probably controlled possession 15 to 20 minutes of that first half.’’
Eastern Suburbs Keeper Silvio Rodic was unable to stop a second attempt at a penalty kick.