Boss rues costly mis­takes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

Wil­lie Har­vey ad­mit­ted he could not fault his play­ers’ef­fort as they crashed out of the only com­pe­ti­tion in the ju­nior game they have failed to win.

Three in­di­vid­ual er­rors cost The Glens a place on the next round of the West of Scot­land Cup.

How­ever, boss Har­vey said he would ac­cept get­ting knocked out of ev­ery cup if it se­cured a league pro­mo­tion.

He ex­plained:“I was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but we played very, very well. It was just three in­di­vid­ual er­rors which cost us the game.

“We were camped in their half and at the first goal, we were stand­ing at the side talk­ing about how much pos­ses­sion we were hav­ing and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore we scored.

“And I felt if we did take the lead we’d go on to score a few more.

“But it was two sucker punches be­fore half -time which did it.

“At half-time we spoke about the mis­takes and in the sec­ond half again we were camped in their half and got a goal back. And the ref­eree [be­fore­hand] has some­how not awarded us a penalty.

“Our player has gone to head the ball in the box and their man has made an over­head kick, caught our player and he’s awarded an in­di­rect free-kick. He gave it for dan­ger­ous play.

“And then lo and be­hold they’ve broke up the park for their third goal.

“I think it was Craig McGre­gor who slipped and they ran through and scored.

“I’m not here to name names but the lad knows he was at fault but he’s a ter­rific player for us and we move on.

“But I’ve said to the play­ers, I’d ac­cept go­ing out of ev­ery cup if it meant pro­mo­tion.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with go­ing out but I could not fault the play­ers’ef­fort.”

Glen­cairn will hope to bounce back this week­end as they travel to Shet­tle­ston, one of their three away league games they have been handed lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

Har­vey added:“They’ve [Shet­tle­ston] had a change in man­age­ment and had a lack of bod­ies at the start.

“But they’ve come back from that and I ex­pect a very dif­fi­cult game

Top scorer Gary Smith pulled a goal back for Glens

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