Glens pay the penalty

Gaffer hits out at refs’ re­luc­tance to call foul

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey has warned ref­er­ees must take a stricter view of foul play in mak­ing penalty de­ci­sions in or­der to cut div­ing out of the game.

The Cel­sius Sta­dium boss was fum­ing with the of­fi­cial who de­nied his team a stonewall spot-kick in the sec­ond half of their 1-1 draw with Kil­syth Rangers.

Glens mid­fielder Sean McGuire burst into the penalty area in the 55th minute of the match and was about to shoot when his jersey was strongly pulled from be­hind.

The tug clearly de­nied him the chance to shoot and he was put off bal­ance, but the ref wasn’t in­ter­ested.

His de­ci­sion an­gered Har­vey, who said af­ter­wards: “McGuire goes into the box and is hav­ing his jumper pulled back. It’s the same old story – be­cause he’s not gone down it’s not a penalty.

“Ev­ery player has to go down nowa­days for the ref­eree to give a penalty. How are they go­ing to stop peo­ple div­ing if they al­ways have to hit the ground when they feel con­tact?

“McGuire has not man­aged to get a proper shot away.”

Fol­low­ing their penalty ap­peal, The Glens were hit with a sick­ener when they switched off at a free- kick and con­ceded in the 67th minute.

They ral­lied there­after and man­aged to grab an equaliser af­ter miss­ing a penalty – awarded by a ref left in no doubt this time – but scored from a cor­ner-kick.

“In the sec­ond half we to­tally dom­i­nated but we lost a stupid goal,” Har­vey said. “The free-kick was given, and I had no prob­lem with it be­ing awarded, but my play­ers switched off and the ball came in, hit the bar, and they didn’t re­act.

“There was a bit of com­plain­ing from us but I said to them that wasn’t right. They should have been pre­pared for when the kick was taken and not waited on the ref­eree blow­ing his whis­tle.

“We’ve taken quick free kicks be­fore with­out the ref­eree’s whis­tle and prof­ited from it. They just went to sleep so I was very dis­ap­pointed in that.”

He con­tin­ued: “They re­sponded bril­liantly and got back into the game soon af­ter that. We missed the penalty and scored from the re­sul­tant cor­ner­kick. McGre­gor has done well – he’s out-jumped every­one in the air.”

Har­vey is adamant The Glens must cut out the mis­takes and start bury­ing their strikes if they are to evade the dreaded rel­e­ga­tion zone come May.

The Glens have drawn half of their league games this sea­son and are wary of fall­ing down the league table due to lack of con­verted chances.

“It was def­i­nitely two points dropped on Satur­day,” the gaffer said. “It was the same old story with us, mis­takes at the back and missed chances.

“I couldn’t fault their at­ti­tude and their workrate but it was the amount of chances we cre­ated and didn’t take. It just shows how good a team we are that we are cre­at­ing them.

“We re­ally are in a false po­si­tion. Shet­tle­ston haven’t beaten us, Irvine haven’t beaten us and we’ve played Kil­syth twice now, who are top of the league and they haven’t beaten us. But it’s these draws that are killing us.

“We need to start pick­ing up points now. Bet­ter teams than us have been rel­e­gated be­fore.”

Irvine Meadow re­turn to the Cel­sius Sta­dium this Satur­day af­ter­noon hop­ing to come away with a sim­i­lar feel­ing to the one they had in Oc­to­ber.

The Medda knocked Har­vey’s men out on penal­ties in the first round of the West of Scot­land Cup af­ter both teams drew ear­lier in the sea­son on league duty.

Com­ment­ing on the game, Har­vey said: “It’s an­other big tie but these are the games I look for­ward to be­cause I know my play­ers will turn up. Our big prob­lems are the teams lower down in the league.

“We drew with Irvine and they knocked us out of the West of Scot­land Cup but on both oc­ca­sions they have been close games.

“We’ll be con­fi­dent go­ing into it. We are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­body.”

Gaffer’s word Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey

Equaliser Glen­cairn cel­e­brate their goal at the Cel­sius Sta­dium

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