Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ballymena United 2 Glenavon 2

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton

Glenn Ferguson was no stranger to giving the men in black his opinion when he was playing and, now he’s in the dug-out, he’s continuing to shoot from the hip.

Referee Tim Marshall and his two assistants had a somewhat mixed day at the Showgrounds as Ballymena United grabbed a late equaliser to deny Glenavon the three points that would have virtually ensured their Carling Premiership berth for next season.

Both sides had cause for complaint; Johnny Taylor’s last-gasp leveller coming just seconds after Dwayne Nelson looked to have clawed Andy Mitchell’s shot from behind the line at the other end.

Justice was done in the keeper’s eyes after he claimed he was fouled by Mitchell when he had nodded the visitors into the lead in a storming second-half where James Costello had blasted United in front only to be pegged back by Brian McCaul’s goal 15 minutes from time.

“Dwayne says he was fouled for the second goal and I think the officials need to go away and assess their performance for both teams,” said Ferguson (pictured).

“I know we laugh about it but it’s not funny at the time.

“Managers are under pressure to get results, particularly in Glenavon’s case today, and bad decisions can cost you your place in the Premier League.

“These boys need to be assessed on a regular basis and scrutinised more than they are and need to pay the penalty for mistakes and they’re not. They get away with it week-in, week-out.”