Musselburgh Athletic midfielder Jackie Myles felt his side were robbed of a winning medal in the final of the Scottish Junior Cup after a dodgy penalty decision allowed eventual victors Auchinleck Talbot to edge back in front.
Referee Steven Kirkland showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot after 60 minutes when striker David Gormley fell down in the area after wriggling his way in between the Burgh centre-back pairing of Andrew Munro and Robert Wilson, before Gordon Pope converted from 12 yards.
Myles, making his 150th appearance for the Olivebank men in the final, was left gutted after what he claimed was a soft penalty award, with Burgh on the front foot at the time the decision was made.
“We are really disappointed,” he said. “After the first half I thought we played really well and I think they got a bit of a surprise with the way we attacked them.”
“Getting that goal back at the end of the first half, we came back in at half-time thinking we could definitely do the job, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be.
“The soft penalty obviously didn’t help the situation and we are devastated with that. We’ve heard from people that were watching the game on TV that it was a bit of a soft decision, so we feel hard done by. I’ve not managed to see any footage of it myself yet.”
Musselburgh had fallen behind to Ayrshire giants Talbot after half an hour with a spectacular strike from midfielder Dwayne Hislop, but they rallied and deservedly levelled through top scorer Jordyn Sheerin who walked away with the top goalscorer award in the competition in what will be his last Musselburgh appearance.
Myles, who was dominant in the centre of midfield alongside Darren Smith, felt Burgh taught Talbot a lesson at times with the football they played and revealed his overall personal pride and how proud he was of his fellow team-mates in getting all the way to the final.
He said: “We were the dominant team for long spells and I think we gave them a lesson in football at times, they were going long and we were spraying the passes about and getting it well.
“It takes a lot to break a team like that down. They have a lot of experience and were great at the back and really well organised.
“For me it’s the furthest I’ve ever got in the competition so I’m proud of my achievement and as well as that I’m proud of the boys for getting there. It’s been hard at times and we really had to fight our way to get here.”