CARNOUSTIE Panmure made the trip to Keir’s Park on Saturday to meet Hill o’ Beath Hawthorn in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
With interim manager Alan McSkimming being unavailable, team matters were in the hands of his assistant Stuart Ferguson, who also had Scott Robertson, Danny Millar, John Roberts and Josh Perera all unavailable. He fielded his brother, Scot, from the start, while bench spots went to the Gowfers’ two new signings, Gordon MacDonald and Graeme Collins, who were joined by three trialists, Tam McCabe, Ryan Muirison and ‘keeper Josh Allardyce.
The home side kicked off facing a near gale force wind and Smith played the ball to G. Hay who tried to find Adamson, but put too much weight behind the pass and the ball ran out for a throw-in.
In 11 minutes the Gowfers mounted an attack down the left with M. Scott making a good run down the line before sending in a cross, but this drifted harmlessly behind in the wind. Three minutes later the Gowfers were again on the attack and Neave tried to find McIlravey, but G. Hay stepped in to intercept and knocked it behind for a fruitless corner
With 19 minutes played, the Haws won a free kick just inside the Gowfer’s half when L. Scott was adjudged to have fouled Smith. Adamson took the kick and sent it deep into the Gowfers’ box, but Cook got across and cleared it downfield. Two minutes later Cook sent M. Scott away on a good run down the left, but he was fouled by Haddow almost at the corner flag. Clark took the resultant free kick and fired it across the face of the goal, but nobody could get a touch on it and it went out the other side.
In 25 minutes the home side opened their account when SCOTT took a pass from G. Hay, cut inside and drove the ball low past Macpherson into the bottom corner of the net.
In 34 minutes the Gowfers were dealt a further blow after Adamson made a run up their right, almost to the bye-line, then fired the ball low and hard across the face of the goal and NAREY, in trying to clear it, knocked it past Macpherson into his own net.
Three minutes later S. Ferguson clashed with Scott and was immediately shown the yellow card. Before the free kick could be taken the referee went to have a word with his assistant, who had his flag raised, the outcome of which was to call Scott over and show him a straight red card for allegedly trying to elbow S. Ferguson when he was fouled.
Five minutes before the break the Gowfers came close to getting a goal back after L. Scott played a good ball through to Dailly, who tried a shot, only to see it come back off the bar and be cleared by Haddow.
Just a minute later the Gowfers fell further behind after ADAMSON took a pass from Duncan, ran forward, outpaced Narey, and drove the ball low past Macpherson.
Half time: Hill o’ Beath Hawthorn 3, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Four minutes after the restart the Gowfers fell further behind, courtesy of another disaster. A. Hay sent a deep cross into the Gowfers’ box where YOUNG got his head to it, but, instead of heading it clear, looped it over Macpherson’s head into the net.
In 52 minutes the visitors were awarded a penalty when Dailly was brought down by G. Hay. McIlravey took the spot kick, but wasted it by firing past Hall’s left-hand post.
From the ‘keeper’s goal kick, the ball, with the wind behind it, went right to the other end where it was picked up by ADAMSON and he fired it home to put the Haws five in front.
The Gowfers then made a double substitution with two of their trialists, McCabe and Muirison, taking over from Narey and Dailly, respectively and just a minute later the homesters replaced Allum with Donnelly.
On the hour mark, the Gowfers were awarded a second spot kick when L. Scott was brought down inside the box by Haddow. CLARK took the kick this time and made no mistake. Five minutes later the Gowfers pulled another goal back when McIlravey played a good ball through to NEAVE and he drilled it home.
Any faint hopes that they might have been harbouring of making a comeback were quashed two minutes later, when the Haws swept downfield and Adamson fed a good ball through to A. HAY, who knocked it into the net for number six.
In 70 minutes Neave was shown yellow for a foul on Duncan and two minutes later, the Gowfers made their third and final change, with S. Ferguson going off to make way for MacDonald.
The Gowfers were awarded a third penalty when M. Scott was fouled by Haddow. Clark again took the kick, but this time Hall made a great save.
In 80 minutes Neave was shown a second yellow, then red, for a foul on Duncan and the Gowfers were also down to 10 men. A minute later, the Haws replaced A. Hay with Campbell.
With four minutes left, the Gowfers had a half-chance to pull another goal back when Cook fed a good ball through to M. Scott who fired in a low drive, but Hall got down well to make a good save. The home side made their third substitution, with Adam going on for Duncan.
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Hall, Haddow, G. Hay, Adamson, Dair, Lee, Duncan (Adams 89), Allum (Donnelly 59), Smith, A. Hay (Campbell 81), Scott. Substitutes not used: Peters, and Terray.
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Cook, S. Ferguson (MacDonald 72), Young, Narey (McCabe 58), L. Scott, M. Scott, Clark, Dailly (Muirison 58), Neave, McIlravey. Substitutes not used: Collins and Allardyce (gk) (T).
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are back on home soil, playing host to Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Kick-off will be at 2.30 p.m.
P W L D F A Pts
Linlithgow 17 16 0 1 46 12 49
Bonnyrigg 18 9 5 4 46 32 31
Broxburn 20 8 9 3 29 26 27
Bo’ness 15 7 4 4 29 24 25
Camelon 13 8 5 0 31 23 24
Sauchie 20 6 8 6 27 29 24
Musselburgh 20 7 10 3 25 30 24
Hill of Beath 15 5 7 3 26 29 18
Carnoustie 15 5 9 1 22 39 16
Kelty Hearts 11 4 4 3 20 13 15
Lochee United 11 4 5 2 18 22 14
St Andrews Utd 21 3 16 2 22 62 11