An incident packed game on Saturday seen us suffer a heavy 8-2 defeat away to Mountjoy. We actually started the game really well, dominating for about the first 30 minutes. We took the lead when Jordan Cadden intercepted a pass in midfield and played an excellent through ball to Paul McGrath who made no mistake and slotted home. Paul Elliott, Sam Lindsay and William Armstrong all had shots on goal, with McGrath having a great chance to make it 2-0.
However, Mountjoy were playing good football too and a slick move cut us open and the striker slipped the ball passed McDonald to equalise. The game was then turned upside down on the 40th minute when Sean Keenan was adjudged to have handled the ball right on the edge of the box, and to make matters worse he was shown a second yellow and sent off. His first booking was for throwing the ball away when it should have been our throw in. An absolutely ridiculous decision from the referee, but unfortunately it was the first of many crazy decisions to come. The striker slotted home from the penalty spot to leave Mountjoy 2-1 to the good at half time.
The referee then lost control of himself at half time, physically and verbally abusing our management team and players whilst walking off the pitch. To make matters worse, straight after half time we conceded a poor goal from a corner and then the referee bewilderingly showed Ryan Lindsay a second yellow for apparently elbowing an opponent, even though there was no contact and no claims from any Mountjoy players, even the player who had been “elbowed”. A strange decision to say the least.
After that we lost our shape, and our composure as Mountjoy ran out comfortable winners. We did score again when McGrath headed home a Cadden cross, and Keelan Flanagan should really have scored late on when through on goal. A highly frustrating day, with the performance and attitude of the referee leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. The ineptness of the officials is becoming a real issue at the moment and action will need to be taken following the unsavoury incident at half time. Nevertheless, we also need to take a look at our own performance, whilst we were never going to win the game we the referee so against us, there was still no excuse for some of the goals we conceded.