Carnoustie gaffer Alan McSkimming eyeing up GA cup semi-final berth

Carnoustie Panmure boss Alan McSkimming is hopeful of securing a spot in the GA Engineering Cup semi-finals.

But the club will first had North Region outfit Maud to contend with after they saw off Hermes on Saturday.

And while the 2-1 result suggests Hermes ran the East Region side close, McSkimming said his side were always comfortable.

He said: “It was a good win on Saturday and it was fairly comfortable to be honest. The scoreline suggests it was maybe quite close but I don’t think it was.

“We controlled the whole game and went up a gear as and when we needed to. The main thing was getting into the next round and we’ve done that.

“It’s an opportunity to go into the latter stages of one of the local cups so we’re very pleased.

“I felt at 2-0 up they scored a goal out of nothing, a fluke goal into the top corner. We made seven changes and guys who hadn’t been playing came in. We had guys out there who hadn’t played in a while and all credit to them.

“If we’d been playing a team who’d been playing week in and week out then I think we’d have scored a lot more because we did create a lot of chances. It was a good workout and we were comfortable for the whole game.

“We’ve got Maud of Aberdeen in the quarter-final now and we expect they’ll be much like Hermes. That game is set for the 19th and all things going to plan, we’ll get through and into the semi-finals.

“It’s good to have these cup ties coming up so we can change guys around and keep everybody sharp, we need them all available with the amount of league games we’ve got coming up.

“Linlithgow are having a great season in terms of their cup competitions and in the league they’ll be there or thereabouts in the end. We go into it with a few boys unavailable which is not ideal.”