Ards boss Currie furious over penalty decision

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Ards boss Currie angry over penalty decision

Ards boss Niall Currie says he expects an apology from referee Lee Tavinder for failing to award his team a penalty during the 1-0 defeat by Glenavon.

The Dungannon ref decided Kyle Neill had not been guilty of hand ball in blocking a shot by Ards striker Joe McKinney in the 59th minute.

"I spoke to players who were very close and they said it was a great save by Kyle," said manager Currie.

"There was absolutely no doubt, it was a blatant penalty."

Glenavon were awarded a penalty during the match but goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey saw his spot-kick well saved by Aaron Hogg.

It was given for a foul by Craig McMillen on Glenavon striker Eoin Bradley.

"The penalty against us, I'll leave that one for Chris Morgan to give his verdict on Monday night's Irish League Show. The referee did well to see through four or five bodies, I'll tell you that.

"But I know this, ours was a penalty. If I am wrong I will apologise, but I am expecting a phone call from Lee Tavinder apologising to me."

Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar disagreed with Currie over the hand ball incident, saying: "Kyle made a superb block. It was from about a yard so even if it did hit his hands I don't think it was a penalty because there was no way it was deliberate."

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