‘Noth­ing less than an em­bar­rass­ment’

Star boss rages at per­for­mance af­ter de­feat

The Galloway News - - SPORT - Stu­art Giller­spie

Dar­ren Kerr blasted his “shock­ing” Dal­beat­tie Star play­ers af­ter they were thumped by White­hill Wel­fare on Satur­day.

The Mid­loth­ian club had yet to reg­is­ter a Low­land League point this sea­son but put that right with a 3-0 win.

Kerr said: “It was shock­ing. It was a bad day, it wasn’t one in­di­vid­ual it was the whole team, right from the first minute.

“It was noth­ing less than an em­bar­rass­ment and it’s one of the worst per­for­mances since I took charge.

“You can’t play like that against any­one in this league. I can’t put my fin­ger on why it hap­pened.

“We were miss­ing Lee Wells and Vin­nie Parker and I don’t know if that’s what was be­hind it as they’re big char­ac­ters.

“In the first minute Greig Thor­burn, who is Mr Re­li­able, mis­placed a pass and it seemed to fil­ter through the team.”

Gregg Meikle put White­hill in front mid­way through the first half, the sec­ond com­ing when Kyle Mitchell rounded the tri­al­ist keeper to score just af­ter the in­ter­val.

The bad day was capped in the fi­nal minute when Liam McIn­tosh rounded off the scor­ing.

There will be clear-the-air talks this week as Star bid to avoid a re­peat dis­play in Satur­day’s lo­cal derby with Gretna 2008 at Isle­croft.

Kerr said: “The play­ers owe the club a per­for­mance af­ter that and they have a point to prove. It will be dif­fi­cult against Gretna as Davie Irons will have them fired up and they’re al­ways well or­gan­ised and hard to break down.

“We need to get a re­sult, even this early in the sea­son. We’ll wel­come Liam and Vin­nie back and hope­fully that will make a dif­fer­ence.”

Star are en­ter­ing a run of four suc­ces­sive home games, one of which will see them host Low­land League ri­vals Kelty Hearts in the first round of the Scot­tish Cup on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22.

Kerr added: “It’s a home draw and they’ll prob­a­bly bring a big sup­port with it be­ing the Scot­tish.

“It’s not im­pos­si­ble to win the game, we’ve al­ready played them so we know what they’ll be about. We’ll have them watched a few times be­fore we play them, but the fo­cus at the mo­ment is on this week­end.”

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