CARNOUSTIE Panmure welcomed Fife side Dundonald Bluebell to Laing Park on Saturday for a second round tie in the Juniors’ most prestigious competition, the Emirates Airways Scottish Junior Cup.
Gowfers kicked off and straight away M. Scott sent brother Liam down the left, but McNeill got up to cut out his cross and clear well. Dundonald then forced a corner on the left which was taken by Duffy and headed clear by Millar, landing at the feet of Young on the edge of the box, but fortunately his shot was straight at Macpherson.
Bryce then made a great run into the Carnoustie box but his shot went right across the face of the goal without anybody getting a touch.
Dailly then won a corner off Burt at the other end and McIlravey’s kick was cleared back out to him, but before he could get a shot off, he was fouled by Lally. McIlravey took the free-kick, but Mayne managed to clear the danger.
Bryce made another great run down the left but his cross into the Gowfer’s box was easily held by Macpherson. Lally was then put through by a long ball from Bryce, but his shot went narrowly past with Macpherson scrambling across his goal.
In 20 minutes Carr went down with nobody near him and after treatment he limped off to be replaced by McCafferty. Carnoustie’s Ferguson and McIlravey combined well down the left, but Ferguson’s final cross was too close to the ‘keeper.
The visitors were awarded a free kick which was taken by McCafferty and was headed out for a corner by Millar. Duffy’s kick was punched out by Macpherson and landed nicely for McNeill on the edge of the box, but his curling effort was just wide of the post.
It was the Gowfers’ turn to attack and a McIlravey cross from the left was cleared out to Ferguson, but his 25 yard effort was held by Lennox at his right hand post. The game was flowing from end to end and a free kick, from well out, taken by McCafferty was well held by Macpherson under pressure from Young. In 38 minutes McIlravey was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle had gone for a free-kick to Dundonald.
Five minutes before the break Dailly appeared to be fouled in the box by Burt, but after loud appeals from Carnoustie for a penalty, the referee booked him for diving. McReady then beat the Carnoustie defence with a fine through ball to Bryce, but the Dundonald player had strayed offside. McReady fouled McIlravey 40 yards out and L. Scott sent the kick through to Dailly, but he also had run offside. McReady then fouled McIlravey again, this time a bit closer to the Dundonald goal, but L. Scott’s kick was well held by Lennox.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Dundonald Bluebell 0.
Carnoustie had a great chance to go ahead right from the kick-off when M. Scott put a great cross in to the far post, but McIlravey, who was all on his own, blasted the ball over the top. Another great chance went abegging when a Dailly drive beat ‘keeper Lennox and rebounded out to McIlravey, but with the goal empty, he shot over when it looked easier to score.
DAILLY was in the thick of things again two minutes later and he laid the ball back to Ferguson, but he hit his shot past the post from 20 yards. In 53 minutes Duffy was booked for fouling Cook.
At the other end, McCafferty burst up the right for Dundonald, but crossed weakly and Macpherson held it easily. In 60 minutes Carnoustie made a change, replacing M. Scott with Neave. Mayne then fouled Neave 40 yards out, but McIlravey’s kick was wasted when Dailly ran offside. Carnoustie were lucky when a corner by Duffy gave McNeill a free header, but he headed well past. Dundonald gave Carnoustie another scare when a cross by Lally was met at the far post by McCafferty, but he blasted well over the bar. In 75 minutes McIlravey was replaced by Perera and Walton was replaced by Wallace and a minute later the deadlock was finally broken. Young sent a low cross to the edge of the box and LALLY hammered the ball through a ruck of players into Macpherson’s bottom right-hand corner.
The Fifers sensed Carnoustie were in dissaray and in 81 minutes a scramble in the box finished with Carnoustie unable to clear the the ball and YOUNG prodded it home from two feet. They almost went further ahead when Wallace beat Millar in a chase for a long ball, but Macpherson made a fine stop to block his shot.
In 90 minutes Roberts was booked for a foul on McCafferty.
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Cook, Ferguson, Narey, Millar, Robertson, Roberts, L. Scott, Dailly, M. Scott (Neave 60), McIlravey (Perera 75). Substitutes not used: Clark and Finlay (GK).
Dundonald Bluebell: Lennox, McReady, Burt, Mayne, McNeill, Carr (McCafferty 20), Duffy, Walton (Wallace 75), Young, Lally, Bryce. Substitute not used: Graham.
Referee: Willie Ferguson, Forfar.
Matchball sponsor: David Selfridge.
Tomorrow (Saturday) after their disappointing exit from the Scottish Cup, the Gowfers are back on the hunt for points and play host to Bo’ness United in the McBookie.com East Super League. The Lothian’s side currently sit in second place in the table and will be keen to keep up the pressure on leaders Linlithgow Rose, so a tough encounter is assured. Kick-off will again be at 2.30 p.m.