Carnoustie Panmure started their season with a trip to New Dundas Park on Saturday to meet last season’s runners-up, Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.
The visitors gained an early corner taken by Webster, but a free kick was awarded for pushing in the box. Then Black sent a long ball through to Milne, but again a free kick was awarded when he was adjuged to have fouled Gemmel.
The visitors went behind in six minutes when a ball into the box accidently struck L. Scott on the arm and was cleared for a corner. The Bonnyrigg players appealed for a penalty and after the referee had consulted with the linesman, he overruled the corner decision by the official and awarded a spot kick.
CURRIE took the kick and gave Ferrie no chance. The homesters nearly doubled their lead when Manson laid a ball across the edge of the box to Currie, but his drive was just past.
In 19 minutes Black was booked for a foul on McDonald. Ferrie came to Carnoustie’s rescue when a cross by Manson was headed by Renton, but the Gowfers’ ‘keeper managed to turn it past for a corner. It was taken by Gray, but Myles cleared.
In 25 minutes Gemmell was booked for a foul on L. Scott. Webster took the free kick but it was well past. Ten minutes later Ferguson became the Gowfers’ second booking for a foul on Manson and the kick was taken by Roseburgh, but headed past by Renton.
With half-time approaching Ferguson went down in a heap and seemed to have twisted his knee. He was stretchered off to be replaced by M. Scott, but the whistle went before he could get a kick.
Half-time: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Carnoustie went further behind a minute after the restart when Cook was short with a passback and RENTON slipped in to slot the ball past Ferrie.
The visitors had a half chance when a long throw by Myles fell to Milne in a crowded box, but McDonald blocked his shot from close in.
The Gowfers went further behind in 55 minutes when a fierce drive by Manson was parried out by Ferrie but ROSEBURGH was on the spot to fire the loose ball home for number three.
Three minutes later McDonald was booked for a foul on M. Scott. Carnoustie kept trying to get into the game, but a Webster corner was too easy for ‘keeper Hay who had had very little to do.
In 65 minutes Roseburgh and Gemmell were replaced by Grady and Burrell. Grady got right into the action and his cross was headed just past by Renton. Carnoustie then won a corner off Archibald, but Webster’s kick was headed straight at ‘keeper Hay by Black.
In 70 minutes Webster became the Gowfers’ third booking for a foul on Currie. Bonnyrigg almost went further ahead when a deep cross by Grady was headed against the post by Renton.
Milne was then yellow carded for dissent and a minute later McDonald was replaced by Woodburn. The visitors replaced Milne and Webster, in 74 minutes, with Perera and Dailly and a minute later Millar was booked for a foul on Currie.
In what was not a dirty game, the spate of bookings was down to the referee who seemed to have lost the place a bit.
In 76 minutes Carnoustie’s defence was caught out by a long ball from Burrell which split the back line and RENTON, who was probably the man of the match, went through to shoot past Ferrie.
Bonnyrigg almost made it five when Grady burst through, but Ferrie came out to block at his feet. In the dying minutes M. Scott had a couple of efforts blocked in a crowded goalmouth.
This was a bad day at the office and six bookings tells the tale.
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic: Hay, Horne, Gray, McDonald (Woodburn 73), White, Gemmell (Burrell 65), Manson, Currie, Archibald, Renton, Roseburgh (Grady 65). Substitutes not used. Main and Paterek (GK).
Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Cook, Ferguson (M. Scott 44), Millar, Myles, Roberts, Webster (Dailly 74), Black, L. Scott, Milne (Perera 74), McIlravey. Substitutes not used: Bews and Allardyce (T GK).
Referee: Mr Scott Millar, Edinburgh.
Carnoustie Panmure ............0
Lochee United .......................2
It was a disappointing evening for the Gowfers on Tuesday in their only mid-week tie in the McBookie.com East Superleague when they face against Lochee United at Laing Park.
Two goals in the first half, from GALLAGHER and a HAGAN penalty were enough to give the Bluebells victory, although having Andy Ritchie sent off early in the second half meant they had to battle hard for it.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are again on home soil when they welcome Sauchie Juniors to Laing Park for this their third game in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Although the Clackmannanshire team finished below the Gowfers in the table last term, they did beat them home and away and manager Alan McSkimming is sure to have his lads well fired up to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen this time around, but a tough encounter is on the cards.
The game kicks off at 2.30 p.m.