Cup gives Panmure second chance

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

JUST like his cold, Panmure gaffer Ian Gilzean is confident St Andrews United can be beaten this time.

Despite a disappointing result against Camelon Juniors the gaffer can draw positives from the game. He said: “We were better than we were the week before, which really is an improvement. In the first half we had a couple of chances.

“We had a good chance just before we had a man sent off, and we were still in the game until they scored in the last couple of minutes and put the game to bed.”

As with every game Ian has identified areas to work on. He added: “We need to move the ball a bit better, a bit quicker, get on top of second balls and to be winning enough first balls as well.

“It comes from just making sure we have got the right defence in place and this will help the midfield.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are away to St Andrews United in the third round of the Scottish Emirates Cup, and Panmure has a score to settle there.

Two Gowfers’ stalwarts could also make a return on Saturday. Ian said: “Steven Cook and Mike McIlravey trained on Monday, so they could be in contention for Saturday.”

Their last three appearances against St Andrews United have all ended in defeat for Panmure, but a win here could work wonders for the team.

He concluded: “They beat us 2-0 last time. We didn’t play very well at all.

“It’s a big game for us. The Scottish Cup is the biggest cup tournament going. It would be great to get a result this weekend.”