WHEN the Carnoustie Panmure working committee arrived at Laing Park on Saturday morning, they found the playing surface badly affected by water as a result of heavy overnight rain and that day’s home fixture against Penicuik Athletic in the ACA Sports East Premier League looked to be in grave doubt.
A pitch inspection was arranged and by the time this took place at 10.15 a.m. the situation had improved somewhat and match referee Colin Duncan said although it was touch and go he would allow the game to go ahead.
With Kevin Milne suspended, Gowfers’ manager Ian Gilzean was forced to make one change from the previous week. Kevin Cumming was on from the start to lead the line, while bench spots went to Robert Hendry, Mike McIlravey, Greg Beattie and assistant manager Graeme Christie.
Playing towards the town end in the first half, Carnoustie kicked-off and started brightly, forcing an early corner on the left, but Cook’s cross was headed clear by Meikle.
The home side continued to do most of the early pressing and were unlucky not to open the scoring when a Cumming lay-off set up Perera, whose low shot struck the inside of the post and ran along the line before being scrambled away by Gallagher.
After this, Penicuik began to come more into the game and had a near miss when Millar headed narrowly over from a Gay cross.
Back came the Gowfers and a further spell of home pressure earned a corner on the right. Clark’s cross was headed away by McDermott and dropped out to Narey, who hooked his first-time effort wide of the target.
Carnoustie’s early dominance came to nothing as against the run of play Penicuik took the lead in 12 minutes. Harvey put in a good cross from the left and after bringing the ball under control, BARR fired home from 10 yards, giving McCafferty no chance.
Penicuik came close to doubling their lead in 21 minutes when a Millar 25 yard drive looked netbound, but at the last second was blocked by Gates at the left-hand post.
The visitors continued to press and a Gallagher corner from the left was punched clear by McCafferty, under pressure from Harvey.
Montgomery then fired in a shot from the left-hand corner of the box, but McCafferty made a fine save, turning the ball round the post for a fruitless corner.
Carnoustie also had their chances and a promising home counter-attack ended with Cook heading just wide from a Cumming cross.
In 36 minutes, Roberts was booked for a foul on Barr.
The Gowfers thought they had equalised when a Narey free kick into the box was headed on by Perera and knocked home by Cumming, but the ‘goal’ was disallowed for offside.
Roberts then tried his luck from distance, but saw his long-range effort fly high over the bar.
Just on half-time, Clark worked his way in from the right, but squandered the opportunity by shooting straight at the ‘keeper, who saved easily.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Penicuik Athletic 1.
Carnoustie resumed after the break with McIlravey on for Narey.
The visitors got the second half under way and were first to show when a Millar lay-off at the edge of the box created an opening for Montgomery, but he fired high over the bar.
In 49 minutes, Harvey was booked for a foul on Clark. From the resultant free kick, the Gowfers forced a corner on the left, but McIlravey’s cross was punched clear by Bauld.
At the other end, a Barr shot took a deflection and fell to Harvey, who knocked the loose ball past the post.
Shortly afterwards, Penicuik had another chance when Harvey dispossessed Cook in midfield and drove up to the edge of the box before unleashing a fierce shot, but McCafferty made a fine save.
In 64 minutes, Cumming was cautioned for an infringement spotted by the referee. McCafferty protested about the booking and also saw ‘yellow’. However, before play resumed the ‘keeper said something further to the match official and was shown a straight red card, reducing the Gowfers to 10 men and in the absence of a spare goalkeeper, Perera took over between the posts.
Carnoustie responded by stepping up a gear and forced two corners in quick succession, From the second of these, taken by McIlravey on the left, Hunter’s header beat ‘keeper Bauld, but was cleared by a defender at the post, despite home claims the ball had crossed the line.
Both sides made a change in 77 minutes, Penicuik replacing Millar with Brigain, and the Gowfers introducing Beattie for Robertson.
A further two changes were made by the visitors in 85 minutes, Killen taking over from Gay, and Lockhart replacing Harvey.
In the closing stages, Carnoustie pressed hard for an equaliser and their efforts were eventually rewarded in 89 minutes when a McIlravey corner from the left was headed back across goal by Tonner to substitute BEATTIE, who smashed the ball home from six yards.
On the 90 minute mark, Gallagher was booked for dissent, and five minutes into stoppage time Trialist followed his Penicuik team-mate into the referee’s black book after fouling Cumming.
The remaining time saw the 10-man Gowfers battling in vain for a late winner and in the end having to settle for a second successive draw.
Carnoustie Panmure - McCafferty, Narey (McIlravey 45), Tonner, Robertson (Beattie 77), Cook, Hunter, Clark, Roberts (Hendry 94), Perera, Cumming, Gates. Substitute, not used - Christie.
Penicuik Athletic - Bauld, Gallagher, Trialist, Meikle, McDermott, Riley, Gay (Killen 85), Barr, Harvey (Lockhart 85), Millar (Brigain 77), Montgomery. Substitute, not used - Walker.
Referee: C. Duncan, Dundee.
Match-ball sponsor: Craw’s Nest Bar, Carnoustie.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie have an away league fixture against Kinnoull at Tulloch Park, Perth.
When the sides met at Laing Park back on October 16, the Gowfers edged a narrow 3-2 win. However, since then the Fair City club have added a couple of ex-seniors to their pool and followed a recent 2-2 draw away to Broughty Athletic with a 1-0 home victory against Whitburn.
Kick-off is again at 2.15 p.m.
ACA Sports East Premier League
P W L D F A Pts
Broxburn 12 8 3 1 36 18 25
St Andrews 10 7 2 1 18 11 22
Glenrothes 9 6 2 1 31 17 19
Carn Panmure 12 5 3 4 25 20 19
Ballingry 9 5 3 1 23 26 16
Broughty Ath 10 4 4 2 23 20 14
Penicuik 10 3 4 3 20 18 12
Arniston 10 3 5 2 16 25 11
Kinnoull 13 3 8 2 17 35 11
Armadale 9 2 3 4 14 13 10
Whitburn 10 3 7 0 16 23 9
Thornton Hibs 8 1 6 1 13 26 4