McBookie Super League Premier Division
KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 0
BEITH defender Nicky Docherty suffered a broken arm and home manager Mark Bradley was sent off in an incident-packed derby at Valefield.
This was far from a no-score bore but a point apiece wasn’t the result either team were looking for.
Beith had the first chance when a corner from the right by Darren Christie was headed over the bar by Mark McLaughlin. Ladeside responded with a good move which saw Paul Ronald feed Martin Grehan who fired well over the bar.
A Ross McKinnon free-kick was headed down by Mick O’Byrne to Grehan but his shot was touched round the post by Stephen Grindlay. From the resulting corner Ronald crossed to the back post where Mick O’Byrne netted, but the Ladeside man was booked for handball and the "goal" chalked off.
Kilbirnie had claims for a penalty turned down when David Anderson played the ball in to Ciaran Donnelly who laid it back to the edge of the box where David Green struck a shot which came off a Beith defender's hand.
Beith started brightly in the second half and Conner McGlinchey and David McGowan each claimed for a penalty following runs into the box, but both were booked for diving.
Anderson then won a free-kick 25 yards from goal which McKinnon curled goalward but a deflection off the wall took it wide.
The game exploded in 59 minutes when Anderson slipped past two challenges, before being taken out by Gary Wilson, who was only booked.
Anderson was taken off injured and Ladeside captain Donnelly booked for protesting with the referee before Bradley was sent from the dugout for the same offence.
Docherty then had to be taken off with a broken arm after falling heavily under a blocking challenge from Gray.
In injury-time, A Ronald corner-kick found Grehan and his shot looked to be going wide before Donnelly back-heeled the ball towards goal only to see his effort come back off the post.