Club News


Sun 16 Sep 2012

Former Blue Toon winger Daniel Moore twice netted from the penalty spot to help his current side, Elgin City, to draw level with Peterhead and Clyde at the top of Division Three.

And while Jim McInally had no complaints with either spot kick, nor red cards for Callum Macdonald and Scott Ross, he was left fuming by the decision to show Steven Noble a second yellow card for an alleged dive.

"I thought the two penalties were penalties, but the sending off of Steven Noble is nothing short of disgraceful," he said. "The Elgin player has apologised to our player for tripping him, and he's been sent off for diving.

Jim McInally was left fuming by Noble red card

"To be sent off for diving after he's beaten three men and is driving forward is beyond belief. We could see the trip from the dugout. There's nothing we can do about it because it's a second booking and bookings can't be appealed."

McInally admits the penalties that led to the defeat were of his side's own doing, adding "We switched off at crucial points. Not so much for the second penalty, but for the first Callum let the boy in behind him."

Macdonald was the first to see red for his foul on Stuart Leslie leading to the first penalty, and Noble followed him to an early bath after a Jamie Duff challenge on 73 minutes.

Scott Ross followed for lashing out at Leslie in the final minute, and McInally held the player responsible. "He was told at half-time that he had to be careful and he deserved to be sent off. I have no complaints about that."

The former Morton and East Stirling manager did feel, though, that there wasn't too much between the sides. "I think with ten men we would still have been in the game, because I think Elgin had their first shot in open play after 83 minutes.

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"Although we've not done much at the other end, the guys who stayed on the park were terrific. Our fitness was terrific, and it's just disappointing that we lost the game to the two penalties."

A full match report is now available.