Scottish referee Callum Murray has a quiet word with Bangor City's Clayton Blackmore
SCOTTISH referee Callum Murray made history when he became the first 'foreign' referee to take charge of a Welsh Premier League game under a new 'ref swap' agreement.
And the Edinburgh official impressed with his calm but authoritative control of a game in which, admittedly, TNS and Bangor were generally on their best behaviour.
With FAW referees' assessor Rodger Gifford and the SFA's Bob Valentine watching from the stand, Murray showed the gulf in class between the Scottish Premier's men in the middle and those in the Welsh domestic league, who have been denied the opportunity to officiate at a higher level.
He flashed a deserved yellow card at the Saints' Chris King for a tackle and lost patience with Bangor's Clayton Blackmore late on, allowing TNS the attacking advantage before returning to book the former Manchester United defender.
And whether or not he saw the deliberate handball that led to the late penalty for the home side, he took the advice of an assistant before awarding the spot kick.
All round, an experiment which has got off to a good start, although what benefit Mr Murray derived is open to question. Swansea official Mark Whitby may well learn more when he travels north to take charge of a Scottish First Division game in December.
31 October 2004