Ollie Horgan wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all as he attempted to digest Finn Harps’ 5-3 defeat to Bray Wanderers last night.
Harps scored three away goals in the Premier Division for the first time since May 2008 but Horgan was left cursing both his own defence and the referee, Anthony Buttimer.
Horgan felt that the free kick award that led to Bray’s opener from Anto Flood was ‘very harsh’, while the incident for Gary McCabe’s 20th minute goal ‘certainly wasn’t a penalty’.
But it was Bray’s fourth, with Ciaran O’Connor’s double having had Harps in touch at 3-2, that left Horgan fuming.
“The fourth goal was the one that killed us,” he said.
“There was a clash of heads and he played on. He blew for a clash of heads later on – why didn’t he blow up for that one?”
Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher had to be withdrawn after a clash of heads left him sprawled on the turf as McCabe scored from distance and the goal was allowed stand.
Gallagher’s replacement, Harry Doherty, was thrown on for his Harps debut and performed well, making a string of fine saves.
While Horgan conceded that Bray were ‘the better side’, he added: “We made mistakes and we got punished. We have to defend better.”Tags: