Star pegged back by Uni

The Galloway News - - SPORTS -

Dal­beat­tie Star let the chance for a rare win slip through their fin­gers against Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity on Satur­day.

Star were 2-0 up against the stu­dents only to con­cede twice in the se­cond half and end up with a point.

But de­spite that set­back, boss Dar­ren Kerr was pleased with what he saw from his side.

He said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing not to hold out for the win but it was a good per­for­mance.

“We were a bit un­for­tu­nate with the goals. We thought the first one was off­side and for the se­cond they have scuffed in a cor­ner. Our de­fender and their striker have struck it at the

same time and it has spun into the net. That’s the sort of luck we’ve been hav­ing.

“I thought we were go­ing with a squad of 15 but we had three call-offs at 10am on Satur­day and the bus was leav­ing at 10.30am so there was noth­ing I could do. I couldn’t draft any­one in to sit on the bench.

“We had to play Ally Ma­son who had been out for three weeks and I was the only one on the bench. We had to go a bit more de­fen­sive to ac­com­mo­date me when I came on which wasn’t ideal. If we’d had one or two play­ers on the bench we could have changed it as the boys were tir­ing.

“We had three great chances at the end to win it and we should prob­a­bly have scored but it was a com­bi­na­tion of fin­ish­ing and good goal­keep­ing.”

Star de­fender Cur­tiss Wil­son kept up his scor­ing streak when he headed in Scott Mil­li­gan’s cor­ner af­ter just three min­utes.

And it looked as if they were on course for vic­tory when Tommy Muir headed home Mil­li­gan’s free-kick early in the se­cond half.

But the hosts re­sponded, Rafa Cal­ba­cho scor­ing af­ter his header had hit the bar be­fore they drew level through sub Ross Wat­ters.

De­spite that blow, Star had chances to win, Mark McKenna twice go­ing close and Mil­li­gan be­ing de­nied by keeper Mark Tait.

The game also saw Star hand a de­but to young­ster Ewan Gourlay who has joined on loan from Queen of the South un­til the end of the sea­son.

Kerr said: “He did re­ally well. We started with three at the back and he slot­ted in on the right hand side. He was good, he was phys­i­cal and he spoke away. He’d only met the boys for the first time on Thurs­day.

“We’re pleased we were able to get him, Queens brought a few in which meant we were able to get him be­fore the dead­line on a de­vel­op­ment loan and we’re grate­ful to Ed­die War­wick for that.”

Star have no game this week­end and the break seems to have come at the right time, Kerr hop­ing of hav­ing most of the squad fit and ready for the next game against White­hill Wel­fare on Fe­bru­ary 17.

And there could be a fur­ther boost with Lewis Sloan pos­si­bly set to re­join the squad, hav­ing been out with in­jury since the sum­mer.

Kerr said: “He’s hope­fully start­ing light train­ing which is a pos­i­tive. It’ll be like a new sign­ing if we get him back this sea­son but if not he’ll be back for next sea­son.

“Greig Thor­burn should be back and Grant Parker has been out for three or four weeks so get­ting him back will help with num­bers. Jamie McHar­rie, Dean Brother­ston and Ally McColm all missed Satur­day but they should hope­fully be back too.

“The free week gave the boys the chance to recharge. It’s the same boys that have been play­ing all sea­son and the heavy pitches are tak­ing their toll.

“It’s a big three weeks for us be­cause af­ter the break we have two home games against teams round about us and we’re re­ally look­ing to win to push back up the league.”

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