IRISH LEAGUE: Currie fumes over Ards’ penalty woes

Ards manager Niall Currie was pointing the finger at referee Lee Tavinder last weekend..

Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Ards manager Niall Currie was pointing the finger at referee Lee Tavinder last weekend.. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Ards manager Niall Currie reckons his side should have had a penalty during Saturday afternoon’s defeat to Glenavon.

Just minutes before Greg Moorhouse struck the only goal of the game for the visitors, Ards substitute Guillaume Keke saw his shot blocked by Kyle Neill’s arm. Referee Lee Tavinder, though, didn’t point to the spot.

“It’s a penalty,” fumed Currie.

“There are no arguments about it. Everybody in the ground can see it. You even see Glenavon’s bench going like mice. Lee Tavinder, I don’t know. They get their goal from a blatant handball from Bradley in the box. They rebuild it again and score their goal from it while we’re sitting with decisions like that.

“I’ve said to Lee Tavinder that I’m expecting a phone call. If I’m wrong, I’ll ring him and apologise but he can’t get that one wrong. Everybody in the ground can see it.

“I’ve spoken to 10 people who said it was an absolutely great save.”

On last night’s Irish League Show, however, pundit Chris Morgan was less convinced.

“Difficult one,” he mused. “In anticipation of seeing it, I thought it was going to be more of a stonewall penalty. Kyle Neill throws himself into the challenge to block it and my honest opinion is its very hard to tell. One thing I’ll say is Kyle Neill’s arms are by his side. He doesn’t have them outstretched, we’ve talked about the unnatural position.

“From that point, I can understand why the referee didn’t give a penalty.

“I’ve a feeling Ards’ injustice is from all the decisions made during the game and they certainly were on the end of more poor decisions.

Morgan went on to detail how he felt an Emmett Friars goal in the first half was wrongly ruled out for offside and echoed Currie’s sentiments that there was a handball 44 seconds before Glenavon had the ball in the net.

“The players gave every drop but decisions like that - they’re the ones that hurt at the end of the season and suck the life out of players,” continued Currie. “All players want is referees to be consistent.

“He couldn’t wait to give the other penalty. I’d like to see it. I’d be interested to see it. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Between the handball situation - I’m going mad on the sidelines. I see it, the Glenavon supporters are telling me it’s a handball but the referee and the linesman can’t see it. But he can see the penalty against us with 10 bodies in front of him, there you go.”