Gowfers boss Alan McSkimming relishing selection headache

Carnoustie Panmure boss Alan McSkimming was thrilled with the side’s professional display as they dispatched Kinnoull 2-0 on Saturday.

But the inclusion of six players who hadn’t started many games has given the Gowfers gaffer a selection headache after they all impressed during the East of Scotland Cup tie.

He said: “It was really good to progress in the competition and the manner in which we did it was pleasing. We could have scored more goals but we kept a clean sheet.

“The game was never in doubt to be fair, we created a lot of chances. We made six changes and that’s the most positive thing, they all got 90 minutes and looked great doing so. They’ve certainly given us something to think about.

“We’re on a really good run of form but Bonnyrigg Rose are a really good side. We’ve never really come away from there with anything but our pride intact so we want to put that to bed this weekend. They’re a real top side and I hope we can continue as we’ve been playing.”

It only took nine minutes for Carnoustie to take the lead when McCabe played a ball through to Scott out wide who delivered in a low cross and Stuart Gersok slid in with a defender to score his first goal for the club.

Midway through the half everyone thought it was 2-0 when McGeehan swung in a cross for Gersok to head back towards the keeper and McCabe rose to head the ball into the back of the net, but the referee deemed that the Gowfers’ man had fouled the Kinnoull keeper.

Carnoustie started the second half sharpest and almost doubled the lead when McIlravey crossed to McCabe, but his shot was wide of the target.

Just after the hour mark Smith again tested the keeper with a low, hard shot just inside the box, but the Kinnoull keeper got down well to palm it wide.

With four minutes to go Kinnoull had their best chance of the game, when a cross was headed at the back post, but it didn’t test Cormack in the Carnoustie goal.

A minute later Carnoustie killed off the game when Gray did well out wide and swung in a great cross for Marc Scott to rise and head past the Kinnoull keeper.

Tomorrow (Saturday) after two weeks at home the Gowfers are on the road again, heading this time for New Dundas Park and a meeting with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the Super League.

Having had only one win and one draw in their last nine visits to the venue, this is not exactly high on the Gowfer’s list of favourite grounds.

This season however the Midlothians outfit haven’t had the best of starts by their standards, so perhaps this time Alan McSkimming’s men can return with all three points.

Kick-off tomorrow is again scheduled for 2.30 p.m.

In the draw for the First Round of the Scottish Junior Cup the Gowfers were among the 92 clubs who received a bye into the Second Round.

The draw for the Preliminary Round of the North/Tayside Inter-Region Cup was made a few days earlier and the Gowfers have been landed with a home tie against neighbours Arbroath Vics, with the winners at home to East Craigie in the first round proper.

The teams have agreed to play their cup tie on September 26 after both received byes in the Scottish Cup.