Cup heartbreak for Gowfers after contentious 88th minute winner

For their DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup match against Broxburn, Gowfers’ manager Alan McSkimming made a couple of changes.

Keeper MacPherson made an appearance in goals and Cook slotted in at left back in place of the unavailable MacDonald.

Carnoustie had a real chance early on when Simpson made a great run and played a ball in to Smith. But the striker’s snap shot was just wide.

With a quarter of an hour gone it was Broxburn’s turn to take aim at the goal with a shot from the edge going just over the bar.

Ten minutes later a defensive error by Millar gave the Broxburn striker a great chance, going through one-on-one with MacPherson, but the big keeper more than matched the shot with a superb save.

With 39 minutes on the clock Broxburn again tested MacPherson in the Carnoustie goal with a super double save.

Half-time: Broxburn Athletic 0-0 Carnoustie Panmure

The second half was fairly even matched with Carnoustie slightly edging it on chances.

First to take aim was Roberts whose long shot was easily caught by the Broxburn keeper on the 65th minute mark.

Fifteen minutes later Marc Scott tried to cross in but it was blocked away for a corner. The corner was swung in and skipper Cook headed narrowly wide at the back post.

With the match looking like going to penalties a long ball forward by Broxburn was picked up by Kieran Anderson and a cross-cum-shot beat MacPherson with a deflection to a helpless Cook who was trying to clear the ball.

Anderson, who had joined Broxburn from Bo’ness United in the summer appeared to be a distance offside but the nearside linesman’s flag stayed down,

Right on the 90th minute mark the Carnoustie players, bench and supporters were screaming for a penalty when a shot from the edge hit a Broxburn player’s arm.

But the referee deemed this to be ball to hand and waved the penalty claim away.

Shortly afterwards the referee blew for full time, ending Carnoustie Panmure’s run in the East of Scotland Cup.


Attention now turns to the last 16 of the ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup with holders Auchinleck Talbot making the trip to Laing Park.

The clubs asks that, due to the larger than normal crowd expected at the match, supporters arrive with plenty of time before kick off which is at 2.15pm.