Carnoustie lose out to Fauldhouse Utd but edge ever closer towards safety

Carnoustie's Rory Bews.

Carnoustie's Rory Bews.

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The Gowfers were robbed of the points on Saturday as they lost three goals in the last 25 minutes, including a truly bizarre penalty decision.

Carnoustie Panmure were back on the road heading this time for Park View, to meet Fauldhouse United in the McBookie.com East Superleague.

Manager Alan McSkimming found himself yet again without several players, with Kev Cumming injured and Scott Robertson unavailable.

Euan Buggins was also carrying an injury but agreed to go on the bench, where he was joined by Sammy Simpson, Greg Birmingham - back from his loan spell at Jeanfield, Steven Cook and young keeper Josh Allardyce.

T Gowfers had a half-chance to open their account after five minutes after a corner from the right by Scott found McIlravey who fired in a shot, but it was blocked by K Ross and spun up in the air, before landing on the roof of the net.

Three minutes later, the visitors won another corner and again it was taken by Scott and this time, when the ball came in, it caused a bit of panic in the home defence before eventually being thumped clear by Lawson.

A Fauldhouse corner from R Smith found Lawson and he drilled in a low shot, but Macpherson brought off a good save to keep his charge intact.

In 12 minutes, Black tried a shot from around 35 yards, but saw the ball whizz narrowly over the top without troubling Murphy in the Fauldhouse goal.

It was all Carnoustie at this stage and Black fed a good ball through towards P Smith, but the keeper rushed out from his line to intercept and thump the ball away.

Eventually the home side started to come into things and in 23 minutes a deep cross from the right by McQuillan was headed wide by Donnelly.

Four minutes later, Fauldhouse should really have gone ahead when McQuillan played the ball through to Donnelly who had the goal at his mercy, but Macpherson did well to get back and block the shot away with his legs.

The hosts were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out when Black was adjudged to have fouled McQuillan.

Campbell took the kick, but Roberts was able to get across and block the shot away.

Play surged back to the other end and Roberts fired in a low drive from the edge of the box, but Murphy got down well to make the stop.

In 40 minutes the Gowfer’s pressure at last paid off after a great crossfield ball from McGeehan wide on the left picked out McIlravey on the right.

He took the ball forward then picked out Black who headed it home from eight yards.

Two minutes later, McGeehan became the first player to be shown yellow for a foul on Donnelly.

The resultant free-kick was taken by K Ross, but Bews did well to get across and clear the ball away to safety.

Right on the whistle, the Gowfers again went close, with McIlravey trying a shot from the edge of the box, but he was just off target and the ball flew narrowly over the top.

The home side got the second half underway and play became rather tousy with Campbell being shown a yellow card for a crude foul on Black, who required treatment from the physio but was able to continue.

The free-kick was however too far out to cause any problems to the home side and it came to nothing.

In 54 minutes, K Ross became the second Fauldhouse player to be cautioned after he brought down Scott in midfield.

The Gowfers soon doubled their lead after McIlravey made a good run up the right, then sent in a good cross to Black who blasted it past Murphy from six yards, giving the keeper no chance.

Their two-goal lead was not to last very long, however, as right from the restart, the home side surged forward and as McQuillan raced into the box, his heels were clipped by Roche and down he went.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot and booked the Gowfers youngster.

Robertson took the kick and made no mistake, reducing the leeway to one.

The Gowfers thought that they had scored a third shortly after when a good cross by Scott was headed into the net by P Smith, but the referee spotted his assistant with his flag raised and chalked the goal off.

In 70 minutes, Roberts took a pass from Bews then fired in a low drive, but sent the ball narrowly past Murphy’s left-hand upright.

Five minutes later, Bews played the ball through to Black who tried to link with Cook, but Fallon nipped in to intercept and thump the ball away to safety.

In 87 minutes Fauldhouse levelled the tie in the most ridiculous fashion - after the ball came to Birmingham in the Gowfer’s box, he clashed with a home player after he cleared the danger, with the player coming in behind him unseen before going down.

The referee pointed to the spot and Robertson took the kick and again made no mistake.

This unexpected gift buoyed the home side and just two minutes later they edged in front, after a cross from wide on the right by Fallon picked out Donnelly and he drilled the ball in from six yards.

Just when it seemed that things couldn’t get any worse for the Gowfers, they did.

Simpson chased a long ball into the Fauldhouse box, Murphy came rushing off his line, the pair clashed and the referee then stunned the Gowfers showing Simpson a straight red card.

Moments later the game was brought to an end and the Gowfers had suffered another defeat after seemingly being in control.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are again on the road, as they head for New Dalhousie Park and a meeting with Newtongrange Star.

This will be the Gowfer’s last away league game of the season and could be one of their toughest as their hosts, who currently lie in third spot in the table, still have an outside chance of winning the Championship and are unlikely to go easy on the visitors.

Last season Nitten won their home tie 5-1 and also won 1-0 at Laing Park this year, so the Gowfers’ task will not be an easy one as they still require a few points in their attempt to stave off the spectre of relegation.

Kick-off will again be at 2.30 p.m.

Fauldhouse United – Murphy, Robertson, R. Smith, K. Ross, Lawson, Campbell, Fallon, Brown, McQuillan, Donnelly, B. Ross. Substitutes – Deans, Love, Peace (GK).

Carnoustie Panmure – Macpherson, McGeehan, Neath, Roche, Millar, Roberts, McIlravey, Black, Bews, P. Smith, Scott. Substitutes – Simpson, Birmingham, Buggins, Cook, Allardyce (GK).