Seeing red cost Glencairn dear
Harvey claims sending off changed the game
Rutherglen Glencairn boss Willie Harvey insists the red card in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Ardrossan Winton Rovers was a turning point in the game.
The manager admitted he wasn’t sure if it was a certain sending off but knew that Andy Neil had let down his team mates.
The Glens man tangled with the legs of his opponent and tried to wriggle free.
But he flicked out his boot off the ball and the referee did not hesitate in producing a red card which changed the flow of the game.
Harvey said: “In the first half we played really well.
“We should have been 3-0 up at half time. In the second half we were up against it. We lost a goal straight after the red card.
“It all changed after the sending off and totally altered the game.
“In the first half we did everything but score.
“We had more possession, we were winning everything and were never under any threat. In the second half they had the wind at their backs and, in the first ten minutes they bombarded us.
“It was a silly sending off. I’m not sure if it was a red card because I have not seen the incident.
“Andy knows he has let the team down a bit.
“He apologised to the players after the game. I said to the players after the first half that I was happy with their performance, with their commitment and the way they were playing.
“With ten players you are always going to get caught at the back.”
Harvey introduced Glencairn under- 21 captain, Ryan Bennett, into the game on Saturday and handed a debut to under-21 striker, Jason McArthur, who came off the bench. The Glens’ boss added: “They certainly didn’t do themselves any harm.
“Ryan has been a player we’ve been keeping an eye on. He’s the captain of the 21s and is a very good player.”
Rutherglen Glencairn have also announced the appointment of their new first team coach.
Allan Colquhoun was unveiled as Harvey’s assistant last week.
Colquhoun made 64 appearances as goalkeeper for Glencairn between 2010 and 2013 and joins Harvey and assistant manager, Joe Pryce, in the dugout.
Harvey is pleased to get Colquhoun on board and said: “He’s a big character with a lot of experience.
“He was one of the best goalkeepers in Junior football in his day.
“Allan was my goalkeeper at Blantyre and he’s played for Glencairn as well.
“He’s a cracking guy and it will be great to have him in and about the dressing room.”
Rutherglen Glencairn now have a two-week winter break before their next fixture on Saturday, January 9.
Glencairn’s schedule for 2015 came to a disappointing end with a 3-0 defeat away to Ardrossan Winton Rovers - a result which sucked the team back down into the four-team relegation zone.
There were three changes to the starting line-up from the win at Bellshill in the previous league match four week ago.
David Dunnachie, Adam Nisanci and Mark Tait replaced Graeme Brown, Adam Shaw and Paddy Cullen.
Ardrossan should have taken the lead in the 24th minute when John Bradford sprung the offside trap.
But he pulled his shot wide of the far post with only Hutchison to beat.
The Glens should have been ahead in the 42nd minute when they were almost gifted the lead.
Hard work by Tait in chasing down defenders resulted in a rushed kick out by Wardrope which fell straight to McLaughlin.
But the striker missed the target from 16 yards when he really should have picked his spot in the net.
Just as things were beginning to look optimistic for the travelling support after the interval, the match collapsed for Glencairn in a disastrous two-minute spell just before the hour mark.
A Glens attack ended with a tangle of players midway inside the Rovers’half and, as he tried to get free from his opponent’s attentions, Andy Neil flicked out his boot off the ball, but in the full view of the assistant referee.
The referee didn’t hesitate in producing a red card and the Glens were suddenly on the back foot.
Boss Willie Harvey rushed to prepare a defensive substitution to shore up the hole at the back.
But before Adam Shaw could be introduced, Ardrossan took full advantage only two minutes later as Jared Willett’s cross from the left was headed into the net by Ian Reid.
The lead was doubled in the 72nd minute, as the ball took an awkward bounce over Dean Muir and Shaw’s clearance rebounded from McGuire into the path of Graham Boyd, who reacted sharply to fire calmly past Hutchison from 10 yards.
Ardrossan made it 3-0 with four minutes remaining as Ryan Caddis raced onto a ball over the top and slipped it under Hutchison as he racedout to try to block.
Rutherglen Glencairn : Hutchison, Dunnachie, Neil, Doyle, Dean Muir, McGuire, Nisanci, Alan Muir (Shaw), McLaughlin, Tait (McArthur), Fraser (Bennett).
Turning point Boss Willie Harvey