WHITSUNDAY Miners were on the wrong side of refereeing decisions in a 2-0 loss to defending premiers Brisbane Strikers in their first home QSL match on Saturday.
Scores were locked nil-all in the 60th minute when Miners goalkeeper Brad Moss was sent off after a tussle with an opposing player.
Five minutes later the Strikers’ Jordan Farina scored a controversial goal after the ball hit the cross-bar.
“It hit the bar and went down on to the ground, and the linesman said it crossed the line,” Miners coach John Sowter said.
“No one else except for the linesman said the ball crossed the line.
“The Strikers kept playing and the referee kept playing.
“We were very disappointed with that, we didn’t believe the ball was anywhere near the goal line.”
The Miners had chances to equalise, but Farina – the son of former Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina – made sure of the win when he finished off a breakaway with a second goal with 10 minutes to go.
Sowter said Moss was outstanding in goal, helping keep the Miners in the game with some great saves when the visitors were dominating the first half.
“I was a long way away from it so I really don’t know for sure what happened,” he said of the send-off.
“We’ll have to wait and see what the referees’ report says.
“If we dispute it, we will.”
However, Moss could face suspension ahead of next Saturday’s away match against Townsville.
“I’m not hopeful, but Brett Gutteridge did well when he came on to replace Brad.”
After taking a point last week from a scoreless draw with Capricorn Cougars, the Miners attracted a good crowd at Rangers ground to see them in action in the QSL for the first time this season.
While critical of the first-half effort, Sowter said they improved markedly in the second.
He said striker Mark Rhodes was excellent, while others to impress included Eddie Skien, Graham Harvey, Corey Hooper and Rick DeBoer.
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