Good defending not enough

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

LOSING on penalties is always hard to take, but for Panmure gaffer Ian Gilzean it was the lack of chances up front which sank their cup campaign.

The Gowfers dropped out of the GA Engineering Cup after losing 4-1 in a penalty shoot out to FC Stoneywood.

Ian was understandably disappointed, he said: “We had good chances at the other end and didn’t take them. We weren’t as clinical as we should have been.

“We defended well enough against a team that probably wasn’t as good as the one we put out in the last round.

“Hermes were a lot better than Stoneywood, but we didn’t get that goal. It could have driven us on and that was disappointing.”

To make matters worse, the Gowfers were without either of their goalkeepers, leaving striker Josh Perera to pull on the padded ‘keeper’s gloves.

Ian said: “It’s just one of those things, we were left with putting Josh in goal. I don’t think he had a shot to save in 90 minutes.”

There was a silver lining, however, as all three teams immediately above them in the league, St Andrews United, Musselburgh Athletic and Lochee United also suffered defeats. He explained: “One good thing is that all the other teams at the bottom lost too and that gives us another little boost.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Panmure travel to Creamery Park for the rearranged fixture against Bathgate Thistle. Asked if he was feeling confident, Ian answered: “Definitely. We had a little friendly against an Arbroath 11 on Monday and that went well. We played a lot better against them and we’re full of confidence.”