Harvey blasts linesman’s call
Glens settle with point after offical‘s‘howler’
Rutherglen Glencairn boss Willie Harvey was left fuming at a linesman’s decision that cost his team all three points.
The black and white contingent at the Celsius Stadium were stunned when referee Craig Walker awarded a goal to Maybole in the second-half after one of his assistants flagged controversially.
The Glen’s goalkeeper JC Hutchison made a save above his head just in front of his goal line but took a step backwards in the process while holding the ball in the air in front of him.
The linesman signalled to Walker that a goal should be awarded to Maybole, without any claims from the visiting team.
Harvey described the decision as the ‘worst’ he had seen in his time in football.
He said: “When the Maybole players started laughing and one of them came over to apologise to us, you know it was a disgraceful decision.
“The linesman was in line with the 18 yard box rather than the byline so I don’t know how he could have given the goal.
“He wasn’t up with play and was the only one amongst everybody in the ground who thought it was a goal.
“The decision for their goal is the worst decision I have ever seen in football.
“In all my time in football, even since primary school, I haven’t seen as poor a decision as that.
“That’s the sort of decision that could relegate us.
“The red card was another disgraceful incident. When McGuire is turning and the ball hits his hand the referee showed him a yellow. The second challenge was a booking but he should never have been booked for the first.”
Thankfully, Alan Muir struck five minutes later with a curling effort from twenty yards to level the game.
The manager praised his midfielder for his first goal of the season but believes his side did more than enough to win the match.
He added: “It was a fantastic goal. He looked up to see where the ‘keeper was and placed it into the top corner. Alan has been playing well and is in a good vain of form. “We should have won convincingly. “As far as I am concerned, if you score one more goal than the opposition then you win the game and we did that.
“I felt sorry for my players. They played really well and created lots of chances.
“On another day we would have scored three or four. Tony Fraser put one over from three yards but I think he came in a little to fast to keep it down.
Commenting on Saturday’s home tie against Clydebank, Harvey said: “These are the games I look forward to.
“It will test us as Clydebank are a very good team, they are not at the top end of the table for nothing.
“Last time we played them we lost 4-2 and they destroyed us on the first half but we played better in the second.”
The Glens will be without the injured Mark Tait and Andy Neil while Brian Eadie is a doubt.
It is the worst decision I’ve seen in my time in football
Chance Tony Fraser goes close for the Glens
Challenge Derek McNab flicks the ball on for his team