McMenamin's Spot of Bad Luck but Killie Are Never in Any Danger; PUNCHLINE: Gretna Goalkeeper Greg Fleming Clears Kilmarnock Striker Ryan Jarvis

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Byline: BRIAN SCOTT

COLIN McMENAMIN'S missed penalty at Fir Park yesterday seriouslyundermined Gretna's chance of recovering the loss of first-half goals byKilmarnock's Willie Gibson;Ryan Jarvis. McMenamin's effort, shortly before theinterval, cracked down off the crossbar, almost crossing the line as it did so.But, until Gavin Skelton scored in stoppage time, that was as close as Gretnagot to pulling back Killie's lead;adding to the single point accrued six SPLmatches so far. Skelton didn't even bother to celebrate what was a good strikebetween Alan Combe;the far post. He knew the game was lost. Indeed, had notColin Nish, Killie's ever-menacing striker, hit the woodwork towards the end ofnormal time, Gretna could have lost by a bigger margin. 'The penalty was a realopportunity for us to get back into the game,' manager Davie Irons lamented.'Unfortunately, we squandered it;it has cost us. Still, we must look at otherissues, like the manner in which we fell behind. I've likened us to a Christmasclub. We just keep gifting goals.' Quite the last thing Gretna wanted was tofall behind as early as they did, Gibson putting Killie ahead in only fourminutes with a powerful shot just inside the box. Nish;Rhian Dodds were to becredited with setting up the scoring move, combining on the far side for Doddsto play the ball invitingly into Gibson's path. McMenamin;Fabian Yantorno thenthreatened for Gretna, but they were caught out again in 36 minutes by a goodstrike Jarvis. …