There was some surprise that the team selection featured only one change from the previous outing. McBride was relegated to the bench and Jim Paterson was restored to the starting eleven. Those who had hoped that the youngsters on the fringes of the first team would be given an outing were to be disappointed.
It looked as though the decision to go with the tried and tested players would pay a dividend when
One of the many late chances
Then it all went pear shaped.
Burchil fell to the floor under the most gentle of touches from Craigan and gratefully scored from the spot. The referee's view of the foul must have been hampered by the clutter of players in the box.
It was to get worse soon after the break when what looked like a harmless shot from Mason seemed to elude Smith and a couple of defenders. We were two goals behind and in disarray.
On came McDonald and McBride for Foran and Clarkson. The crowd let Terry know of their displeasure at the removal of Foran as the boos echoed around the ground.
We began to push forward and restore our command of the game. A McBride corner found the hand of a defender but the referee turned away. In sixty five minutes a quick turn and shot from McDonald forced the keeper to tip over the bar. He corner was pushed out to Craigan and he rattled the net with a fine shot.
We had our tails up and pressed hard for the equaliser. McGregor produced a few fine stops as goal bound attempts flew in. With five minutes remaining McDonald was clattered in side the box. The home crowd roared for the penalty but the referee was unsighted. It was a cruel blow as the striker had to limp off and be replaced by McGarry.
Perhaps we'll see a few youngsters at Livi on Wednesday?