Gowfers boss Alan McSkimming says GA Cup progress was the only objective

Carn v Vics 26/09/15
Carn v Vics 26/09/15

Carnoustie Panmure manager Alan McSkimming said the main thing was that his side successfully negotiated their way past Arbroath Vics.

The Gowfers played out a 1-1 draw with their local rivals in Saturday’s GA Engineering Cup first round clash and it was only a 3-1 penalty shootout win that sent the Super League outfit through.

And while McSkimming admitted the playing standard was quite as high as he’s seen the last few weeks, he was just content to see his team progress to the second round.

He said: “It was a usual cup tie. We scored after one minute and I think that’s what the problem was, I think we thought we were going to go on and score a few more in an easy affair.

“But the reality was we switched off and they made it difficult for us. We didn’t really adapt to that, to be honest. I was disappointed with the nature of the performance because if it was anything like the level we’ve reached in previous weeks it’s a game we’d have won comfortably.

“But credit goes to Arbroath Vics, they dug in deep and made it difficult for us. They had a body on the line at every opportunity and we couldn’t handle it.

“So that’s a bit disappointing after scoring so early on. At the start of the game though I told the guys that the only objective was to go and get ourselves into the next round - if we score goals that’s great, however we need to get past the early stages of the competition.

“That’s what we’ve done and we can be critical of the performance, but the main objective was met. Everything else can be addressed.

“The penalties we took in the shootout were just clinical and we showed our quality.”