Gowfers’ cheered by their first away win of the season

TWO CHANGES were made to Carnoustie Panmure’s starting line-up for their away league fixture against Kinnoull at Tulloch Park, Perth, on Saturday.

Mike McIlravey was on from the start for the injured Scott Robertson, while Kevin Milne, now free of suspension, replaced Kevin Cumming, who dropped to the bench to be joined by Steven Narey, assistant manager Graeme Christie and spare ‘keeper John McCafferty.

Two ex-Gowfers featured for the hosts, Chris Webster on from the start and Gavin Tinley on the bench.

Kinnoull were playing down the slight slope in the first half and set the ball rolling on a fairly soft surface.

The first half-chance fell to Carnoustie when Perera chased a long through-ball, but ‘keeper Bruce rushed from his line to boot clear before the striker could get the vital touch.

In three minutes, the home side made a surge down the left and O’Connor won a corner off Hunter, but Mackinlay’s cross was headed clear by Clark.

Two minutes later, Kinnoull were again on the attack and S. Fleming sent a good pass through to Bone, whose low drive was blocked away by Jamieson with his legs.

The referee called Deans to give him a stern talking to, apparently for something he had said to the match official.

In eight minutes, Carnoustie were denied an apparently stonewall penalty when Milne had his heels clipped by O’Connor. He stumbled but didn’t go down, and the referee waved play on, much to the annoyance of the Gowfers’ players and support alike.

Fraser was spoken to by the referee for a foul on Hunter.

In 17 minutes Carnoustie won a corner off Timmons, but Clark’s cross posed no problems for Bruce, who rose above everyone to take it cleanly.

Two minutes later the Gowfers had a scare when Fraser, who appeared well offside, was allowed to run on and fire in a low shot, but Jamieson got down well to make the save.

Kinnoull again came close when a long clearance by ‘keeper Bruce reached Bone whose fierce shot appeared to strike Tonner on the hand, but Jamieson got down to make a great save. Bone was shown the yellow card for protesting to the referee about his failure to award a penalty.

In 23 minutes, the match official again raised howls of protest, this time from the Gowfers’ support, when he whistled-up Milne for being offside when he quite clearly wasn’t.

Kinnoull won a free kick 30 yards out when Mackinlay was fouled by Tonner. S. Fleming took the kick and picked out Fraser, who shot well wide of Jamieson’s left-hand upright.

The deadlock was broken in 34 minutes. Gates went on a good run up the right and crossed low and hard to McILRAVEY, who slammed the ball past Bruce from six yards.

Shortly afterwards, it was almost two when Perera collected a loose ball in midfield and linked with Cook to set up Clark, who was unlucky to see his low shot take a deflection off S. Fleming straight into Bruce’s arms.

In 44 minutes the home side snatched a rather fortuitous equaliser. Webster took a short corner to Mackinlay, whose shot clipped McIlravey and looped over the defenders’ heads before falling to FRASER, who headed home from three yards.

Half-time: Kinnoull 1, Carnoustie Panmure 1.

Straight from the restart, Gates sent in a deep cross, headed away by S. Fleming, but the ball dropped out to CLARK, who smashed it past Bruce for the Gowfers’ second.

Just a minute later it was three when another cross came in from the visitors’ left and MILNE took a couple of steps before knocking the ball home.

Carnoustie had their tails up and came close to adding to their tally in 52 minutes after McIlravey was fouled by Deans 40 yards out. Clark’s free kick picked out Perera, who sent a header flashing narrowly over the top, with Bruce nowhere.

From the ‘keeper’s goal kick, the ball was collected by Tonner, but he was brought down by Fraser, who became the next Kinnoull player to see ‘yellow’.

In 58 minutes, the Gowfers edged further ahead when Gates released MILNE, who outstripped the home defence before firing the ball past Bruce into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Before play restarted, Kinnoull made their first change, replacing Mackinlay with Carr.

Fraser was fouled by Milne 25 yards out, but Bone blasted the free kick against the defensive wall from where it spun clear.

Three up and coasting, Carnoustie had looked in ‘easy street’, but Kinnoull had other ideas and pulled a goal back in 65 minutes. Carr took a corner on the right and played the ball out to the unmarked BONE, who drove it past Jamieson into the net.

Three minutes later, Fraser linked with Webster, whose low shot was well saved by Jamieson at the base of his left-hand post.

In 76 minutes, the home side made a second change with Price replacing Hutton. A further Perth substitution followed three minutes later when D. Fleming was introduced for O’Connor.

Kinnoull pushed forward once more and reduced the leeway still further in 81 minutes. Another Carr corner from the right was flicked on by Bone to WEBSTER, who headed home from close-range.

At this point, Carnoustie made a change with Cumming taking over from Perera.

In 84 minutes, Hunter clashed with Price and was shown the yellow card for a reckless challenge. Carr sent the resultant free kick deep into the Gowfers’ box, but the ball was deflected into Jamieson’s arms and the danger was over.

Right on the final whistle, Milne was booked for playing on and putting the ball in the net after having been whistled-up for offside.

With fully six minutes of stoppage time showing, the referee brought proceedings to a close and the Gowfers had at last recorded their first away league win of the season.

Kinnoull - Bruce, Timmons, S. Fleming, Duigan, Hutton (Price 74), O’Connor (D. Fleming 78), Webster, Deans, Bone, Fraser, Mackinlay (Carr 60). Substitutes, not used - DaSilva, Tinley, McKinnie (gk).

Carnoustie Panmure - Jamieson, Hendry, Tonner, McIlravey, Cook, Hunter, Clark, Roberts, Perera (Cumming 82), Milne, Gates. Substitutes, not used - Narey, Christie, McCafferty (gk).

Referee, J. Stokoe, Kirkcaldy.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie are again on the road, this time travelling to Newbyres Park, Gorebridge, to face Arniston Rangers in the ACA Sports East Premier League.

On their last visit to the Midlothian venue on February 20 last year, the Gowfers were held to a 1-1 draw and that was also the score earlier this season when the sides met at Laing Park on October 2.

A new face in manager Ian Gilzean’s squad for tomorrow’s game will be local lad Mark Matthew, signed during the week from Lochee Harp.

Kick-off time is again 2.15 p.m.

ACA Sports East Premier League

P W L D F A Pts

Broxburn Athletic 14 9 4 1 42 24 28

St Andrews United 12 8 2 2 24 15 26

Glenrothes 11 8 2 1 36 19 25

Carn Panmure 14 7 3 4 32 24 25

Ballingry Rovers 10 6 3 1 24 26 19

Broughty Athletic 10 4 4 2 23 20 14

Arniston Rangers 12 4 6 2 18 28 14

Penicuik Athletic 12 3 5 4 22 21 13

Whitburn 13 4 9 0 20 29 12

Kinnoull 15 3 10 2 20 40 11

Armadale Thistle 10 2 4 4 17 17 10

Thornton Hibs 9 1 7 1 15 30 4