Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ballinamallard 0 - 2 Cliftonville: Anderson sees red as Breslin's boys hit back

Red mist: Alvin Rouse was given his marching orders after this challenge on Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley

Whitey Anderson aimed a verbal volley at referee Colin Burns after watching his Ballinamallard United side lose 2-0 to Cliftonville.

The Ferney Park boss was angered by Burns' decision to flash a red card in the direction of goalkeeper Alvin Rouse following a collision with visiting striker Joe Gormley on the edge of the penalty box.

Newtownabbey official Burns took to live television to explain his decision immediately after the game, insisting he was left with "no alternative" but to reduce the Mallards to 10 men, but Anderson saw things differently.

"In my opinion, the referee has killed the game," he blasted.

"The goalkeeper makes the save, Gormley runs into him and they clatter and he gets sent off. Why? He made the save but then he (the referee) says he took Gormley out.

"You make the save or you don't make the save.

"How do you stop your momentum when you go on and make the save?"

To compound matters for the hosts, replacement keeper Feargal Murphy's first duty was to pluck the ball from the back of his night after Gormley smashed home in stunning fashion from the resulting free-kick and the points were more-or-less guaranteed when George McMullan converted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time after Mallards skipper Mark Stafford had handled in the box.

Reds boss Tommy Breslin is hoping that his champions can kick on following this first win in four Premiership outings.

"There were signs the other night in the League Cup win and we started off well today even when it was 11 against 11 so we want to get a bit of momentum," he said.

"We can't be going two wins then a loss and draws.

"We need to start winning games to improve our league position. We're still very much a work in progress but we're showing signs that we're starting to put it together."

And Breslin felt that referee Burns got the call right on the red card.

"From where we were, I thought Joe knocked it past him and maybe Alvin got a touch on the ball but his follow through took Joe down," added Breslin.

"If there hadn't been any contact, I think Joe would have been around him and whether he would have scored or not; but the referee only sees it once and has to make a decision and at the time I thought it probably was the right decision."

Warrenpoint Town visit Solitude on Saturday and Breslin will be looking for his side to show the same ruthless streak they displayed on the way to winning the title last season.

Ballinamallard: Rouse, McConkey, Keohane, McManus, Stafford, Kee, Hutchinson, Crawford, McCartney, Feeney, Campbell. Subs: Murphy (for McManus), Currie (for McCartney), C Beacom (for Hutchinson), N. Beacom, N. Cashel

CLIFTONVILLE: Brown, McGovern, Scannell, Johnston, Caldwell, McMullan, Garrett, Catney, Gormley, Curran, Boyce. Subs: Donnelly (for Garrett), Cosgrove (for McMullan), McNally (for Caldwell), McNeill, Murray

Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey).

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