Newburgh boss rues visitors’ two sendings off

A goal mouth scramble as Newburgh face Dundee North End.
A goal mouth scramble as Newburgh face Dundee North End.

Dundee North End................2

Newburgh............................2

In what is the first of several very important games Newburgh travelled to North End Park in Dundee to take on the league leaders.

Newburgh were missing Andy Smith and Steven Harris from the squad that scored ten for no rely against Forfar Albion the previous week.

The opening goal came when McCommiskie delivered a beautiful cross onto the head of his strike partner McLeod who looped a header over McAdam and Christie.

It was from a corner that Newburgh equalised on the 42nd minute.

A poorly cleared cross fell to Curnyn’s feet, the big defender struck the ball sweetly into the net.

Newburgh’s joy was short lived when Christie in the Burgh goal spilled a cross at the feet of McNaughton.

In his effort to secure the ball the ‘Burgh keeper fouled the North End player and the spot kick was converted by McCommiskie.

The home side were reduced to 10 men when substitute Rosscraig picked up a second yellow.

Another poorly defended corner resulted in McAdam being able to pull Newburgh level.

North End were reduced to nine men when McCommiskie saw red.

Manager Alan Cameron said: “We played far better in the second half and I think, stupid as it sounds, the sending offs caused us as much of a problem as it did North End.

“If the sides had remained even I think we may have been able to snatch a winner, but with them having to commit everyone to defence we struggled to break them down”.

Cameron’s thought now turn to the visit of Luncarty next Saturday to East Shore Park.

“Luncarty are a different proposition to last season they sit above us in the league and it is vital that we take something from the game so that we can keep the top of the league in sight,” he said.

The match on Saturday is a 1.30p.m. kick off.