Har­vey blasts lines­man’s call

Glens set­tle with point af­ter off­i­cal‘s‘howler’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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Chal­lenge Derek Mc­Nab flicks the ball on for his team

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