Published: 12/04/2014 18:37 - Updated: 12/04/2014 18:47

Red card woe for Elgin

Written byCraig Christie

TWO red cards and two late goals were ‘two’ much for Elgin City to cope with.

Elgin City's Jamie Duff (left) shows he isn't lacking courage as he competes with Stranraer's Armand One for the ball at Borough Briggs on Saturday.
Elgin City's Jamie Duff was one of two Elgin City players sent off in the defeat against Berwick.

 

The Black and Whites battled hard with nine men before succumbing to a 3-1 home defeat to Berwick Rangers on Saturday.

But referee David Somers was the main focus of debate in his final match in charge before retiring as a match official.

Somers dismissed City defenders Sean Crighton and Jamie Duff  to the fury of Elgin boss Barry Wilson – before Berwick came from behind to defeat the nine men.

The Moray men led through a Lee Currie own goal before Crighton saw red for a sliding challenge on the stroke of half time.

Skipper Duff then blocked a Berwick shot on the line and was sent packing for handball, despite claims the ball had hit him on the shoulder.

Currie netted the resultant penalty, leaving Elgin to hold on with nine men for the final 40 minutes.

They survived until the 86th minute when Andrew Russell lobbed home, with a third Berwick goal from the head of sub Josh Morris sealing the Borderers’ win.

Wilson said of Crighton’s dismissal: “It didn’t look like a sending off, and I think their players have admitted that as well.

“Sean went in strong but he went in fair. His studs were dopwn and the ball actually hit him on the calf.

“It didn’t look like he was going to give a foul at all, far less anything else.

“And for me Jamie is on the line but it’s close to hitting him square on the shoulder.

“We’ve not had many decisions this year, that’s for sure.”

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