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Goalkeeper in Scotland flees country after derby humiliation

Monday, November 3, 2014

Montrose goalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl responded to a nightmarish derby experience by packing his bags and got onto the first flight back home to Canada.

Montrose goalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl flees country after derby humiliation
Photo: Facebook/lucas.birnstingl

The Angus Derby played last weekend between Montrose and Arbroath ended in humiliation for the home side as the Gable Indies crumbled to a 5-1 defeat in their League Two clash.

Birnstingl conceded a bizarre goal in the 78th minute when the opponent goalkeeper David Crawford scored from a free-kick just 10 yards outside his own box.

To compound Birnstingl's afternoon, the German-born Canadian goalkeeper was sent off six minutes later for bringing down Arbroath striker Paul McManus.

Having used all three substitutes, striker Garry Wood kept goal for the game's final moments.

After the final whistle, Birnstingl decided enough was enough and he packed his bags and headed back across the Atlantic.

Despite having since apologised to manager George Shields and offering to return to Links Park, Montrose have cancelled his registration.

"I had a chat with Lucas and he was feeling very low after Saturday's game," Shields told The Courier.

"He also has been suffering from home sickness and that was a major factor in his decision to simply go home.

"He has apologised for his actions and offered to come back. However, we do not feel that is a decision he should take just now.

"We will cancel his registration and that will allow him to start again in Canada if that is what he wants to do."

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