CARNOUSTIE Panmure were back on the hunt for league points on Saturday when they played host to Lothians side Camelon Juniors in the ACA Sports League.
Manager Ian Gilzean made only one change to the side that had progressed to the next round of the G.A. Engineering Cup at the expense of Montrose Roselea the previous week. Mike McIlravey was on from the start, with Kevin Cumming dropping to the bench, where he was joined by Robert Hendry, Josh Perera, Mark Matthew and Kevin Milne.
Camelon kicked off and went on the attack right away, forcing a corner on the right. Ure’s kick was met at the far post by Batchelor but his header was easily held by McCafferty.
Carnoustie’s Clark and McIlravey then combined well up the right and McIlravey’s cross was put behind for a corner by Shirra. Clark took the kick but Graham got up highest to head clear to safety.
The visitors’ Allison was then put through by a long ball from Bell and should have done better than fire over from 25 yards. In 17 minutes McIIravey sent in a great cross to give Watson a chance, but he handled the ball in an attempt to score and was yellow carded.
In 23 minutes the Gowfers went behind when Allison made a strong run down the right and put in a great cross which McCafferty tried to punch clear only for the ball to land at URE’s feet. He made no mistake from 10 yards.
From the kick-off Camelon again came close when Shirra fired in a long-range shot which went narrowly past the post. Then a good one-two between Knox and Batchelor finished with the latter firing over.
Carnoustie’s Gates made a good run up the left and finished with a low shot which ‘keeper Hogarth held well. At the other end, Ure tried a shot from the corner of the box and McCafferty was glad to see it fizz past his right-hand post.
A spell of Camelon pressure paid of in 38 minutes when, with the roles reversed from the first goal. Ure crossed from the right and ALLISON swept the ball home from close in.
Cook then flighted in a good cross for Clark but his header was held by Hogarth. The visitors should have done better after Watson fouled Desmond 30 yards out. McGowan’s free kick was blocked out to Desmond, but he blasted the ball over the bar.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Camelon Juniors 2.
Five minutes into the second half Carnoustie fell further behind when danger man ALLISON was fed through by McGowan, outstripped the defence and, from inside the box, fired across McCafferty into the far corner of the net.
In 55 minutes, the Gowfers made their first change when Hendry replaced Narey. They then tested the visitors’ ‘keeper who touched over a fine drive from Clark.
In 60 minutes, the homesters replaced Roberts with Cumming and a minute later Camelon also made a change, bringing on Brass for Knox.
The visitors went further ahead in 69 minutes, when Bell crossed for BRASS, who outjumped McCafferty and headed over him into the net.
A minute later Camelon made another change when Fullerton was replaced by McCafferty and in 73 minutes Carnoustie made a third substitution when they brought on Perera in place of Watson.
THE VISITORS kept up the pressure and nearly got a fifth when they gained a corner off Tonner and although Batchelor found Brass with it, thankfully for Carnoustie the Camelon player fired past the post. In 76 minutes Donaldson replaced Batchelor for Camelon. Carnoustie then had a period of pressure and forced a corner off Graham, but Clark’s flag kick was punched to safety by Hogarth.
Four minutes from the end, Cumming was booked for dissent and two minutes into stoppage time, Carnoustie got a consolation goal when GATES made space up the left and fired in a cross-cum-shot which caught keeper Hogarth too far out from his line and the ball dropped over his head into the net.
Carnoustie Panmure – McCafferty, Cook, Narey (Hendry 55), Robertson, Millar, Tonner, McIlravey, Clark, Watson (Perera 73), Roberts (Cumming 60), Gates. Substitutes not used: Matthew and Milne.
Camelon Juniors – Hogarth, Bell, Fullerton (McCafferty 70), McGowan, Graham, Shirra, Batchelor (Donaldson 76), Ure, Knox (Brass 61), Allison, Desmond. Substitutes not used: Kerr, Jess and Watson (GK).
Referee: Mr Mike McIlvenny, Dundee.
Match Ball sponsor was McBookie.com.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers get another brief rest from league business when they travel to Lochside Park, Bridge of Don, to meet North Region Super League side Hermes, in the second round of the North/Tayside Inter-region Cup, sponsored by G.A. Engineering.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the sides, and with the hosts currently sitting at the top of the table and with 15 wins and only one defeat in their 16 outings, it promises to be a stiff test for the Gowfers.
The tie gets under way at 2.15 p.m. and the Supporters’ Club bus leaves the Stag’s Head at 11.15 a.m.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Hill of Beath 12 7 1 4 30 14 25
Linlithgow Rose 14 7 4 3 31 22 24
Bathgate Thistle 15 5 4 6 25 26 21
Bonnyrigg Rose 9 6 2 2 25 14 20
Camelon 12 6 4 2 21 18 20
Bo’ness United 10 5 2 3 21 10 18
Musselburgh Ath 13 4 6 3 33 32 15
Kelty Hearts 11 4 1 2 14 14 14
St Andrews United 12 3 7 2 19 30 11
Lochee United 10 3 5 2 23 22 11
Carn Panmure 10 1 7 2 11 26 5