CARNOUSTIE Panmure made the journey south on Saturday to meet Linlithgow Rose in the ACA Sports East Super League.
The Gowfers kicked off and won an early free-kick, when Gates was fouled by Benton. Clark sent the ball into the box and Robertson got off a good shot but Allison got down to save at the base of his right-hand post.
From the kick out, Ruari Maclennan collected the ball and made a good forward run but Carnoustie’s Millar stopped him in his tracks, with a great tackle. After Robertson was fouled Clark sent in another good ball. It was knocked down to Gates whose shot went through to Milne, but although he fired the ball into the net he was given offside.
Two minutes later the homesters were gifted a goal when the ball was played into the Gowfer’s box and there was a mix-up between Narey and McCafferty. The ball fell to Roddy MACLENNAN who tapped home.
In 12 minutes the Gowfers nearly levelled the tie when Cumming’s cross flashed across the face of the goal, but both Milne and Gates just failed to get the vital touch.
The Gowfers had a scare when Millar, in trying to clear the ball, miskicked and it fell to Coyne. He fired in a fierce shot but McCafferty threw himself to his left to bring off a great save.
The Gowfers then had a good period of play, forcing Allison into action on three occasions.
In 36 minutes, the visitors thought they had levelled the match when Watson used his strength to fend off Walker then swivelled and fired the ball into the roof of the net, but the referee deemed that he had fouled the Rose player and awarded a free-kick. Watson was then shown a yellow card for protesting too forcefully.
Just before half-time the Gowfers were awarded a free-kick, for what looked like a deliberate hand-ball by Ruari Maclennan. Tonner took the kick and sent the ball to Watson who swivelled and fired the ball into the net, but this time the goal stood.
Half-time: Linlithgow Rose 1, Carnoustie Panmure 1.
Rose made their first substitution, with Shirra going on to replace Walker. The homesters went on the attack through Tyrrell and Nelson, the latter feeding the ball through to Shirra who fired a shot just past McCafferty’s left-hand post.
The ‘keeper’s goal-kick with the wind behind it was picked up by Milne at the other end of the park who sent in a cross to Cumming. However, Allison was quickly off his line to take the ball cleanly.
In 53 minutes the Gowfers had a half-chance to take the lead when Cumming’s cross found Watson in front of goal. He brought the ball down with his chest but before he could get the necessary touch it was knocked away by Mackenzie.
In 62 minutes the Gowfers made their first change, with Narey making way for Hendry. Four minutes later the visitors came close to going in front when good play by Cook and Gates set up Cumming who drilled in a low shot. The ball came back off the post with the ‘keeper beaten and was cleared to safety.
In 73 minutes later the Gowfers were stunned when a long kick out by the ‘keeper came to Roddy Maclennan who passed to Manson. He in turn crossed to COYNE who looked in an offside position but was allowed to fire the ball past McCafferty.
In 77 minutes the Gowfers made a second change with McIlravey replacing Cumming. Coyne was shown yellow for arguing with the referee over a foul on Hendry. Two minutes later Perera replaced Tonner.
In stoppage time Carnoustie again came close to levelling the tie when Perera’s shot was touched over by Allison. From the corner, the ball was punted up to the half-way line, and, with all the Carnoustie players having pushed into the Rose box Roddy MACLENNAN found himself all on his own and ran forward to round McCafferty, and stroke the ball into the empty net.
Linlithgow Rose: Allison, Benton, Fleming, Mackenzie, Walker (Shirra 45), Tyrrell, Ruari Maclennan (Herd 68), Nelson, Smith (Manson 68), Coyne, Roddy Maclennan. Substitutes not used: Strickland and Bradley.
Carnoustie Panmure: McCafferty, Cook, Narey (Hendry 62), Robertson, Millar, Tonner (Perera 84), Cumming (McIlravey 77), Clark, Watson, Milne, Gates. Substitute not used: Matthew.
Referee: Ralph Gordon. .
Tomorrow, Saturday, the Gowfers are back on home turf when they play host to last season’s champions, Bo’ness United, in the ACA Sports East Super League. The pair have not met since 2006, when the Gowfers won 3-1.
Kick-of is scheduled for 1.45 p.m.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Hill of Beath 12 7 1 4 30 14 25
Linlithgow 12 6 3 3 26 19 21
Bonnyrigg 9 6 2 2 25 14 20
Bathgate 13 5 3 5 22 21 20
Camelon 10 5 3 2 17 15 17
Bo’ness Utd 8 4 2 2 20 10 14
Musselburgh 12 3 6 3 31 32 12
Kelty Hearts 9 3 0 2 12 12 11
St Andrews 12 3 7 2 19 30 11
Lochee Utd 10 3 5 2 23 22 11
Carnoustie 9 1 6 2 10 22 5