Lee Kilday: Falkirk draw stung like a defeat

Lee Kilday: Falkirk draw stung like a defeat
by Jonathan Mitchell

Morton captain Lee Kilday says that Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk stung like a defeat after Peter Houston’s side scored in the second minute of stoppage time to salvage a draw.

The 24-year-old defender fired the Ton in front at Cappielow with a well-taken taken volley, but Bairns full-back Luke Leahy scrambled in a last-gasp leveller to rescue a point and leave Kilday and his Ton team-mates smarting.

Speaking to gmfc.net, the skipper said: “It was a very even game. We controlled the first half, but I think Falkirk did deserve the draw because they sort of dominated the second half.

“But the way it’s happened it just felt like a defeat. It’s never nice to concede a 90th minute goal. We defended really well, won every header at every corner and dealt with every other long throw in the game.

“They’ve got the break at one of them and its sore to take. When you’ve defended so well and there’s two minutes to go, you think you’re going to see it out.

“It was similar to the St Mirren game. It feels like two defeats even though we’ve got two points, like four points dropped, but we just move on to this Saturday and another home match against Dumbarton now.”

Skipper Kilday is in no doubt that Leahy’s late equaliser should have been ruled out but refused to blame referee John Beaton, because he believes the officials had no way of seeing the handball.

He added: “The boy has handballed – he touched it with his hand and toed it in – but it was hard for the referee to see it because there were so many bodies.

“I think it should have been disallowed, but there isn’t really much the officials could do. The boy [Leahy] was in the middle of a few of our players and a few of the Falkirk players, so you can’t criticise the ref or the lino too much because it was a hard one.”

The centre-half pounced on a goalkeeping blunder to open his account for the campaign – his fifth for the club – and he admitted he is unlikely to score an easier goal.

He smiled: “It was dead easy to be fair. I’m six yards out and it just fell to me. That was probably the easiest I’ve scored for Morton, and I don’t think I’ll get one much more straightforward.”

 

Image: David Bell