Gaffer all smiles despite defeat

CARNOUSTIE Panmure’s final game of a turbulent season may not have brought the win he was hoping for, but manager Ian Gilzean is still a happy man, writes Johnston Ralston.

GazetteSport asked him if he was proud of the Gowfers’ foray into Super League football over the last few months. “Definitely,” he replied. “It’s been a great effort, especially where we were with 10 games to go.

“I don’t think anyone outwith the dressing room believed we wouldn’t go down. A very large part of that was down to the players who buckled down and kept us in the League.

“It was the first time for some of them to play in the Super League and it’s been a learning curve.”

Having said that, he is disappointed not to have finished on the kind of high that fuelled their eight game streak. Ian said: “We have been on a good run since the Camelon game so we were trying to end the season on a win against the champions elect, but it wasn’t to be.

“I thought it was just unfortunate we didn’t take anything away from it. There were a couple of chances in the first half, but we didn’t take them.

“We got caught with a bit of a sucker punch and they scored a goal and in the second half they seemed content to sit back and defend. We just didn’t have enough to break them. It was the last game of the season and we had been saved the week before because we weren’t going to be beaten that heavily. We didn’t link up as well as we did in earlier games. I can’t really have a go at the boys for that, it’s been a very long season.”

Next week in GazetteSport, Ian reviews the Gowfers’ Super League campaign.