10-man Gowfers lose to new boys

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Penicuik Athletic 3

Carnoustie Panmure 0

Last Saturday, Carnoustie Panmure were scheduled to host Superleague ‘new boys’, Penicuik Athletic, in the McBookie.com, East Superleague, but because they had had two home games in successive weeks, and with poor ground conditions at Laing Park, they asked the Midlothian club if they could switch the game to Penicuik and this was readily agreed.

For the match, manager Alan McSkimming was again very short-handed with Liam Scott, John Roberts and Kev Cumming all injured and Mark Kohler, Pat Smith and Gavin Thomson unavailable. On the plus side, however, Steven Cook passed a late fitness test and was on from the start.

The homesters set the ball rolling and play, for the first few minutes, was contained in midfield, until McIlravey fired in a low drive which was blocked by Young. In nine minutes the Gowfers were rocked after McCallum took the ball down the left, then picked out JANCZYK inside the box. He took a couple of steps before hammering it past Macpherson, giving the ‘keeper no chance. Play continued to swing from end to end with neither ‘keeper being really tested.

Just on the half-hour mark, Penicuik went close to doubling their lead after a corner from out on the left by Janczyk found Young, but his header came back off Macpherson’s right-hand post and was cleared upfield by Neath. Back came the Gowfers and they themselves went close, when Cook fed a good ball through to Black, who fired off a shot from around 20 yards but Begaoui made the save and held the ball at the second attempt. Right on the whistle, the Gowfers won a corner on the right when Robertson’s shot was deflected past by Cunnison. McIlravey took the kick and picked out Black, but he sent his header narrowly past Begaoui’s left-hand upright.

Half-time – Penicuik Athletic 1, Carnoustie Panmure 0.

The Gowfers started the second half brightly and within two minutes had won a corner off McDermott. Again McIlravey took the kick, but this time put too much weight behind it and it flashed across the face of goal, and out the other side, without anyone getting a touch.

In 49 minutes the home side were awarded a free-kick, 40 yards out, when Black was adjudged to have fouled Killin. Gay took the kick, but Macpherson had no trouble saving. Four minutes later disaster struck the Gowfers, when Killin burst into the box and Macpherson came out to meet him, dived at his feet and down Killin went, giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty and show the ‘keeper a straight red.

Ferrie came off the bench to take over between the sticks, with Bews sacrificed. Once the change had been made, McCALLUM took the kick and fired the ball into the net, giving Ferrie no chance. Five minutes later, the Gowfers could have fallen further behind, when McCulloch played a good ball through to Janczyk who unleashed a fierce shot from 20 yards, but Ferrie got down to make a great save. In 65 minutes, the Gowfers had a half-chance to reduce the deficit, when Robertson took a pass from Simpson and drilled in a low shot, but straight at the ‘keeper, who saved easily.

Four minutes later the homesters made a double change, with Weir and Rennie going on to replace Killin and goal scorer Janczyk. In 77 minutes, Penicuik won a corner out on the right when Gay’s shot was deflected behind off Cook. Rennie sent the ball over, and although McCallum rose and got his head to it, he sent it well wide of Ferrie’s right-hand post. In 85 minutes the Gowfers had another half-chance to get themselves on the score-sheet when Black fired in a drive from the edge of the box, but Begaoui got down to make the stop. Right on the whistle, the Gowfers were caught by a last-minute sucker-punch, when RENNIE picked up a loose ball and fired it high, past Ferrie, into the back of the net. There was just time for the restart before the referee brought the tie to a close to signal the end of another miserable afternoon for the Gowfers.

Teams: Penicuik Athletic – Begaoui, Cunnison, McDermott, White, Young, Lister, Killin, McCulloch, McCallum, Gay, Janczyk. Substitutes – Weir, Rennie, McPartlin, Burrell, Hill (GK).

Carnoustie Panmure – Macpherson, Cook, Neath, Buggins, Robertson, Millar, McIlravey, Black, Bews, Simpson, M. Scott. Substitutes – Birmingham, Ferrie (GK).

Tomorrow, Saturday, the Gowfers head for the artificial 3G surface of Albyn Park and a meeting with Broxburn Athletic in the McBookie.com, East Superleague. When the ‘Burn’ visited Laing Park back in August, a 3-1 score saw them leave with all three points, so in tomorrow’s match Alan McSkimming’s men will be on something of a revenge mission, but will have to be at their very best if they are to take anything from the tie. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1.45 p.m.