Final ball is a killer, says Ian

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

CARNOUSTIE Panmure manager Ian Gilzean is looking for his players to add some finishing touches to their game, writes Johnston Ralston.

The Gowfers drew 2-2 with St Andrews on Saturday in the league, and according to Ian it was a mixed showing.

He said: “Yes, we were hoping for a win, but we didn’t start the game great and we went down two goals in the first 15 minutes.

“A couple of seasons ago we would have collapsed, but we showed a great deal of character to come back for the draw. It was just a shame we couldn’t get all the points, but I felt our goals were merited and we passed well.”

For Ian the ingredients seem to be there, but the Gowfers’ game lacks finish.

He continued: “That’s the killer ball letting us down, because rather than putting the ball in and scoring we seem to be hitting the final defender or knocking it too far for the forwards.

“However we are doing well otherwise, but the final ball is always going to be the most important one.

“We’re working on that in training and making the boys aware of how important it is.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Panmure face Brechin Vics in the GA Engineering Cup. Despite beating Vics 4-0 in August, Ian warned against complacency on the Gowfers’ part.

He said: “We had a good run in the GA Cup last year and we were unfortunate to go out when we did. Brechin Vics will be a tough game again. They beat Forfar West End at home to spoil their chances.

“If we don’t approach this in the right manner then we might be on the receiving end this time.

“If we continue on in the right way as we have done then hopefully that will be enough. We’ve got a good, settled squad and good competition for places which is what we need.”