THE GOWFERS had on their game faces at the weekend, according to their manager, writes Johnston Ralston.
Despite not having any chance of winning the DJ Laing Cup this year, Carnoustie Panmure went out and demolished Coupar Angus 6-0, much to the delight of boss Ian Gilzean.
Staying professional and not letting complacency slip into their game was a key factor.
Ian said: “We knew Coupar Angus weren’t going to be the toughest of opponents, but we went about the job in the right way.”
Keeping a clean sheet and putting six goals past the Coupar ‘keeper was no bad thing either.
Ian added: “We put a few goals on the scoreboard and got a great result, that’s all good from our point of view.
“The way we played was great. Even though we knew they weren’t one of the strongest sides we would play we still went about the game in the right manner.
“We played well, put the work in and we got the result we wanted. That was the most important thing.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, the Gowfers will kick off their league campaign away to Linlithgow Rose.
As far as the gaffer is concerned it will be a hard game, but for once, having a lot of new faces could be an advantage.
Ian explained: “It’s a great first game for our lads to go and play. Quite a few of them are new and haven’t played Linlithgow before so there’ll be no fear of going to them.
“The boys will treat it as just another game. If we can put in a good performance and get a result we’ll be off to a great start for this season.”
According to Ian his players are raring to get stuck in to the league following a successful pre-season.
He said: “The boys are looking forward to it. We’ve been playing the League Cup for the last few weeks and they are ready to get this season’s league campaign under way.
“We beat Linlithgow at home last season and even when we played them down there and they beat us 3-1 it was an open game.”
Speaking on Wednesday Ian hoped to further strengthen his squad in time for Saturday, but was confident his side could hold its own as it was.
He said: “We’re looking to get someone in on a loan. I’m expecting a ‘phone call so hopefully we’ll get that sorted tonight.
“But if we don’t get anyone it’s not a huge problem. We’ve got a strong enough pool of players and everybody wants to play. “
On Sunday it was announced Panmure would face Brechin Vics in the preliminary round of the GA Engineering Cup.
Ian said: “We played them recently at home. It’ll be a tough one at their place, but hopefully we’ll get a result. We’ve beaten them before, but it’ll still be a difficult game.”