Gowfers draw with north aces

Carnoustie's Danny Millar soars above his opposite number to head clear on Saturday.
Carnoustie's Danny Millar soars above his opposite number to head clear on Saturday.

Carnoustie Panmure 1, Banks o’ Dee 1.

On Saturday, Carnoustie Panmure played host to North Region Superleague team, Banks o’ Dee in their fourth pre-season friendly.

Gowfers’ manager Alan McSkimming received a boost before kick-off, when Stevie Cook, who had limped off early in the midweek friendly at Craigie Park, passed a late fitness test and was on from the start, but Liam Scott, who had suffered a dislocated shoulder, wasn’t available.

The homesters got the game under way, but suffered an early shock, when the visitors made a strong surge up the left and their winger sent a good cross right into the goalmouth. Millar rose to head clear, but the ball didn’t go as far as he intended and, with the other defenders hesitating somewhat, HORNE picked up the loose ball and knocked it past Macpherson into the net with less than two minutes gone.

This setback however didn’t appear to upset the home side too much and they pressed forward, taking the game to their opponents. Their pressure finally paid off after 24 minutes when THOMSON took a pass from Simpson then drove the ball home. Five minutes later, the same player came close to making it two when he drove the ball across the face of the goal with the keeper nowhere, but with no one there to take advantage, it flashed straight across and out for a goal-kick.

On the half-hour mark the spectators were surprised to see the players trooping across to the dug-out area, but this was only for a drinks break due to the very warm conditions. They had this in the recent World Cup matches, but it must be a first in a junior match.

In 38 minutes it was the visitors who went close to scoring a second when Horne latched on to a through ball and fired in a low drive, but Macpherson brought off a great save to keep his charge intact.

Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 1, Banks o’ Dee 1.

Although it turned out that there was to be no more scoring in the match, the second half was quite a tussle with play swinging from end to end, but with no real attempts on either goal, although in 63 minutes Horne did have a long-range shot, but the ball flashed past, high and wide of Macpherson’s right-hand post.

With a couple of minutes to go, it was the Gowfers who went close to snatching the winner, when the ball was played in from the left and Cumming got up well to head it goalwards, only to see the ‘keeper get up and finger-tip the ball on to the bar and out behind. Amazingly the referee awarded the visitors a goal-kick when it was clearly a corner and Cumming was booked for his protestations. A couple of minutes later, the referee brought the game to a close and it’s certain that this had been a very worthwhile exercise for both clubs.

Team – Macpherson, Cook, Kohler, Millar, Buggins, Bews, McIlravey, Robertson, Thomson, Cumming, Simpson. Substitutes – Black, Birmingham, Roberts and Ferrie (GK).

Shipbuilders sink Gowfers

Dundee East Craigie 3, Carnoustie Panmure 1

Last Wednesday evening, July 23, the Gowfers made the short trip to Craigie Park to meet East Craigie in their third pre-season friendly. For the match manager Alan McSkimming was without Danny Millar, who was working and Daniel Neath, who was on holiday.

The Shipbuilders won 3-1 with Simpson netting for the Gowfers.

Team: Ferrie, Cook (L. Scott 15, Bews 55), Kohler, Buggins, Robertson, Roberts, McIlravey, Black (M. Scott 65), Trialist, Birmingham, Simpson (Thomson 65). Substitute not used – Macpherson (GK).

Season begins

The Gowfers were due to head west to Valefield to meet West Superleague outfit Kilbirnie Ladeside tomorrow (Saturday), but this has been cancelled.

They get their season proper under way on Wednesday (August 6), when they go to Thomson Park to meet Lochee United, in the first competitive match of the new season’s McBookie.com East Superleague. Having lost 4-1 there in May, Alan McSkimming’s men will be looking for revenge. Kick-off is 7 p.m.