Gowfers boss warns of difficult cup replay

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

GOWFERS’ manager Ian Gilzean says the hard work has only just begun after a fightback to secure a replay against Blackburn United in the Scottish Cup, writes Jennifer Newton.

In windy conditions at Murrayfield Park the Gowfers, who were 2-0 down at half-time managed to scrape a 2-2 draw and now face Blackburn again tomorrow (Saturday) at Laing Park in the replay.

Mr Gilzean said: “Hopefully tomorrow we will have enough to see us through but we know it won’t be easy.

“If we think the hard work was done getting the replay then we will be in for a rude awakening.

“They will still fancy their chances but as long as we go about it with the right attitude then hopefully we can put on a bit of pressure.

“We hope the weather conditions will be a bit kinder and we will get the players to concentrate on their strengths.”

It was the proverbial game of two halves on Saturday in the first fixture with the Gowfers 2-0 down at the interval.

But the boss says his players took their chances well in the second half and deserved to earn the replay.

He added: “We were quite lucky with our second goal as it was kind of gifted to us but we created enough chances and managed to take them.

“We probably could have even gone on to win it but looking back a draw was probably a fair result for both teams.

“Neither side quite did enough to nick a win.”