Ian: Good showing in friendly

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

It MIGHT be a case of ‘the weather outside is frightful’ but last week the fire was on the pitch as the Gowfers got stuck into a last minute friendly, writes Johnston Ralston.

As expected their game on Saturday against Linlithgow Rose was cancelled, but manager Ian Gilzean was able to fix up a place holder game against Tayport on neutral ground which saw them record a 3-2 win.

Mike McIlravey scored one while Marc Scott picked up the other two goals, making for one pleased gaffer.

Ian said: “We got a little friendly arranged so it broke it up a little bit. We’ve done a couple of Saturday sessions on the off-days so it was good to get a game and the boys acquitted themselves well which was good to see.

“It’s hard, it’s not a competitive fixture and the mentality of the players is a bit different than in a fixture for the league or the cup. You just have to go about it in the right manner, and they did.

“I think the time before against Forfar West End we were a bit off the pace, but on Saturday we thoroughly deserved our win.”

At the time of going to press there was no game scheduled for Panmure and the chances of one being arranged at Laing Park fell as dramatically as the temperature.

Ian said: “You never know we might get a game. This week the only thing is it’s supposed to warm up and pour down with rain, so we could go from a frozen pitch to a waterlogged one.

“We’ve got a game the week after, so we’ll see about taking a game on.

“If we hadn’t already had a game this week it would have been more important for us to get a game organised for Saturday.”