Last night our women’s team suffered a major reversal in their quest to win the league title when they lost 1-0 to the Ibrox club at Airdrie. The performance was slightly underwhelming, but our girls have had an excellent season so far and the important thing for them at the moment is not to let their heads go down and to keep on believing.
They have the talent for this. You can tell. These girls will be multiple title and trophy winners, there is no doubt about it. Every level of our club is performing exceptionally well right now, as the youth team proved the other night. The ladies are no exception.
I thought some of the decisions in the youth game were pretty ridiculous, especially from the linesmen. But the decision, last night, to disallow a goal from Caitlin Hayes, was astonishing. The ref blew for a foul, which existed only in his own imagination. In the aftermath, she and other members of the team were obviously furious.
But it was Caitlin’s comments after the match which are drawing the most attention, and will ultimately draw the most heat in the end. She slammed the officiating at the game, and made it clear that the culture of Honest Mistakes is recognised by all at the club, and feared and dreaded by more than just the senior men’s team.
“I’ll keep it simple. I don’t think it’s a free-kick,” she said last night on Sky Sports. “But sometimes you’ve got to play the opposition and the refs in this league. I’ve seen it back and I don’t know where the free-kick is coming from but he clearly had other ideas and that’s why he disallowed the goal. There was no explanation, as usual with Scottish referees … it’s so tight at the top in terms of fine margins. Hopefully that one doesn’t came back to bite us.”
Those comments are bound to get her into trouble. It’s only at Ibrox that folk are allowed to say stuff like that without recriminations or sanctions following, but I would think what she’s saying is reflected in the thinking of everyone at Celtic Park.
What a dire statement on our game that is.