Musselburgh Athletic 3, Carnoustie Panmure 2.
Last Saturday, Carnoustie Panmure were again on the road, with the destination this time being Olive Bank Stadium and a meeting with Musselburgh Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Manager Alan McSkimming was still without three players, with Liam Scott’s shoulder having popped out again after only 15 minutes, in the game against Bonnyrigg Rose the previous week and Gavin Thomson, who picked up an ankle injury in the same game, while Roddy Black was still suspended.
Play at the start was fairly even and swinging from end to end with neither side having any really clear cut chances. In 10 minutes, the Gowfers had a half-chance to get on the score-sheet after McIlravey took a pass from Simpson and tried a shot, but put the ball just wide of Adams left-hand post.
Four minutes later it was Burgh who had a chance when they won a free-kick about 25 yards out. McDonald took the kick and drilled in a low shot, but Ferrie had no trouble making the save.
In 25 minutes the homesters edged in front after Sheerin took the ball down the right and found THOMSON, who fired it past Ferrie from around 10 yards. The Gowfers were stung by this setback and tried hard to get back on level terms and were rewarded, with 32 minutes on the watch, when Cumming sent in a cross,
Adams came out , but flapped at it and SIMPSON pounced to take full advantage and slam the ball home to level the tie. Musselburgh began to come more into the game and thought that they had regained the lead after Munro had the ball in the net, but the referee saw that his assistant had his flag raised and the goal was chalked off.
Play continued from end to end, but neither side was able to add to their tally before the referee brought the half to a close.
Half-time: Musselburgh Athletic 1, Carnoustie Panmure 1.
The second half got underway and the Gowfers pushed hard looking to take advantage of their pressure and this paid off after just four minutes, following some great play, with Simpson linking with Neath, who played the ball in to ROBERTS and he fired it low past Adams, giving the keeper no chance.
In 51 minutes, the home side made a change, taking off A. Christie and putting on Hamilton in his place. Burgh were rattled at the loss of this second goal and started to put the Carnoustie goal under intense pressure, but Ferrie was equal to everything they could throw at him.
In 75 minutes, the homesters did, at last, got their reward following a well-worked free-kick with the ball going through to dangerman SHEERIN and he netted with an angled drive.
The home side continued to put the Gowfer’s goal under pressure, but didn’t have it all their own way, with Cumming making a great run through, before being crudely chopped down by Myles, who was booked for his trouble. Although the resultant free-kick came to nothing, they did win a corner when M. Scott’s shot was deflected past by Martin.
When the kick came over, the referee awarded the home side a foul for pushing in the box. The kick was taken by keeper Adams, who launched the ball downfield to SHEERIN, who looked suspiciously offside, but was allowed to run on and shoot the ball past the despairing Ferrie, for his side’s third, with 89 minutes on the watch.
This was a cruel blow to the Gowfers who had turned in a much better performance than of late, especially considering they had several players returning from injury and really deserved to take something from the game.
Musselburgh Athletic: Adams, A. Christie, Martin, Myles, Moffat, Hunter, Turner, McDonald, Munro, Thomson, Sheerin. Substitutes – Hamilton, Ralton, Davie, Doig, M. Christie.
Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Cook, Neath, Millar, Robertson, Kenneth, McIlravey, Roberts, Bews, Cumming, Simpson. Substitutes – M. Scott, Buggins, Kohler, Smith, Allardyce (GK).
After two weeks on the road, the Gowfers are back on home turf, playing host to Ballingry Rovers in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
The visitors currently occupy sixth spot in the table and had an excellent win against Renfrew in the Scottish, last Saturday, so will no doubt be buoyed up for tomorrow’s tie and will be another stiff test for the home side.
In last season’s clash at Laing Park, back in March, the sides played out a 1-1 draw, but with the Gowfers firmly rooted at the bottom of the table, nothing short of a win will do this time round. The action is again scheduled for a 2.30 p.m. start.
Results: Linlithgow Rose 2, Camelon Juniors 1; Broxburn Athletic 1, Armadale Thistle 0; Bo’ness United 3, Fauldhouse United 0; Musselburgh Athletic 3, Carnoustie Panmure 2.
McBookie.com East Superleague
P W D L F A Pt
Kelty Hearts 7 6 1 0 25 7 19
Newtongrange Star 7 5 2 0 16 4 17
Bo’ness United 7 4 2 1 20 8 14
Musselburgh Athletic 8 4 2 2 14 11 14
Linlithgow Rose 6 4 1 1 15 8 13
Ballingry Rovers 7 3 1 3 9 12 10
Bonnyrigg Rose 7 3 0 4 14 13 9
Broxburn Athletic 8 2 3 3 9 12 9
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 7 2 2 3 14 13 8
Penicuik Athletic 7 2 2 3 8 13 8
Fauldhouse United 8 1 4 3 13 14 7
Lochee United 7 2 1 4 12 21 7
Sauchie Juniors 7 2 1 4 5 17 7
Armadale Thistle 7 1 3 3 6 11 6
Camelon Juniors 8 1 3 4 9 15 6
Carnoustie Panmure 8 1 2 5 8 18 5