MANCHESTER Maccabi 1st manager Scott McGarvey has spoken out about the decision to replay his side’s Peter Morrison Trophy quarter-final against Liverpool Haroldeans.
The first match ended in controversy three weeks ago due to a series of strange refereeing decisions — one of which saw the game onlyhave 20 minutes of extra-time instead of the statutory 30.
Haroldeans, last year’s finalists, eventually won the tie after a penalty shoot-out.
The Liverpool side has spent the last two weeks deliberating about whether to replay the match or pull out of the competition in protest.
But this week, they finally agreed to replay the tie.
Former Manchester United forward McGarvey told Sportsworld that there was more to it than has previously been reported — including confusion surrounding a disallowed Maccabi goal.
He said: “The referee and linesman awarded a goal. The only one who complained was their goalkeeper, which suddenly turned our goal into a goal-kick.
“This lasted for around seven minutes, which meant that the first 10 minutes of extra time, which should have been 15, only lasted three minutes, while the second 10 lasted just nine minutes.
“It’s not Liverpool’s fault, it’s the referee’s fault — it’s not our problem that he had another game to go to.”
Meanwhile, Haroldeans lost their second consecutive game, 3-2 to MSB Woolton in the Liverpool Business Houses League Division One.
Bobby Fishel headed them in front before their opponents equalised. The Liverpudlians restored their advantage when a long ball from Eden Harris was converted by Max Barnett, but Woolton equalised on 60 minutes before securing the points with a controversial late penalty.
All Manchester Jewish Soccer League games were called off due to the wet weather.
But weather permitting on Sunday (11am), Leeds Maccabi will be hoping to take another step towards the title as they face Manchester Maccabi Masters at Brooklands, Manchester. At Wythenshawe Sports Ground, South Manchester Sports 2nd will host Manchester Maccabi Yellow.
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