ROB Roy defender Jon Carter sees red for swearing at the assistant referee as Largs Thistle leapfrogged above the Kirkintilloch team into fifth place.
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy................ 1
Largs Thistle........................ 3
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In what Carter’s manager, John Richardson, later claimed was the “game changing” moment, the centre-half reacted to a midfield incident some 50 yards away from him by verbally abusing the stand-side official.
Referee Don Robertson showed no hesitation in sending Carter off.
With only 55 minutes played and with his side having gone 2-1 down just seconds into the second-half, Richardson said the incident “effectively killed the match” for Rob Roy.
Largs Thistle opened the scoring in 17 minutes with the game’s first chance.
Willie McClure seized advantage of penalty box hesitancy from Carter and Rabs’ goalkeeper Mark Wilson to fire home.
The Kirkintilloch side equalised four minutes later when Gary Gow achieved what he has been threatening to do for many a game and scored directly from a corner kick. His devilish left-footed delivery crossed the line before Largs stopper Stephen Connick could claw it away.
Shortly before the interval, a glorious free-flowing move involving Rob Roy’s Paul McQuilken, Dean Muir, Carter and, finally, Thomas Sinclair, called on Connick to make a diving save to his right from the midfielder’s shot.
While the intricacy of that play deserved better, Rabs then proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot mere moments into the second half.
Failure to clear defensive lines allowed Largs’ John Robertson to show the predatory instincts of his more illustrious namesake and rifle home off the underside of the crossbar.
Former Rob Roy favourite Ryan Deas wrapped up the three points for Largs five minutes from time when he showed composure as ice cool as a Nardini’s ice cream on a hot summer day to nick the ball from Ryan Martins, waltz round Steven McGregor and dummy Wilson before sidefooting home.
Even Deas’ subsequent apologetic wave to his ex-gaffer and friend Richardson did little to improve the Adamslie manager’s mood on what was a desperately disappointing day for those in red and black.
Teams: Rob Roy – M. Wilson; Dunlop, Carter, McGregor, Sheridan; Muir, Sinclair, McQuilken, Gow (Martins 68); Feroz, Craig (Zok 80).Subs not used – McClune, Upton, Carberry, Wardle, O’Boyle.