McKinnon blasts Battle tackle as Selkirk exit cup

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Selkirk boss Mike McKinnon slammed a tackle which forced David Battle to limp off and add to the Souters’ injury woes, writes Kenny Paterson.

Ryan Adamson’s sliding challenge midway through the second half of this Image Printers Cup tie left McKinnon furious, with referee Evan Cairns only booking the winger.

McKinnon said: “I thought it was a horrible tackle and was deserving of a red card.

“When David went down, I thought he had suffered a broken ankle or done his ligaments. Thankfully, he appears to have escaped serious injury.”

While Adamson’s tackle should perhaps have ended up in a sending off, it appears unlikely to have changed the result of this one-sided cup tie.

Holders Gretna battered the Selkirk goal for long periods, and certainly look up to McKinnon’s tag of best team in the Lowland League this season.

It did not help that Selkirk could only name substitute goalkeeper Dan Hatfield on the bench alongside injured Lee Stephen.

However, with Steven Ferguson signing from Haddington Athletic, and defender Darryl Wilson arriving from the same club on loan, McKinnon was still fairly optimistic at full time.

“We are still working on Phil Addison (who was unable to play as a trialist in the cup tie),” he said, “while we will have another trialist involved this Saturday against Preston Athletic.

“We also have Jamie Higginbottom and Lee Stephen to come back, so hopefully things are looking up.”

Gretna were missing seven players of their own, but still looked a strong outfit.

Selkirk had keeper Gregor Amos to thank for keeping the game goalless until half-time, as the on-loan Falkirk stopper made a series of fine saves.

Among the best was just 12 minutes in when he tipped over David Reynard’s effort.

He would go on to deny Joe Slattery twice and Reynard again during the first 45 minutes. The resistance of Selkirk lasted only two minutes of the second half as Alan Inglis’ low free kick deceived everyone in a crowded penalty box, including Amos, to find the bottom corner.

And Reynard got a much deserved goal 15 minutes from time with a thumping drive off the crossbar.

Selkirk: G. Amos, R. McManus, D. Battle (D. Hatfield 72), K. Barr, K. Munro, D. Johnston, C. Scott, F. Anderson, D. Bolton, J. Crolla, S. Ferguson.