Gowfers feel the burn after defeat

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Carnoustie Panmure 1, Broxburn Athletic 3.

Last Saturday Carnoustie Panmure played host to Lothian’s outfit Broxburn Athletic, in the Mcbookie.com East Superleague.

For the game manager Alan McSkimming was still somewhat shorthanded with Scott Robertson injured, Daniel Neath still down south and Mark Kohler missing through work commitments, although he did have Danny Millar back from holiday.

Liam Scott’s shoulder was still a bit sore and his brother Marc was suffering from tonsillitis, but both took seats on the bench and were prepared to go on in an emergency.

The visitors kicked off, playing towards the town end and had an early chance when a cross from Locke picked out Cowan, but fortunately for the Gowfers he just misjudged his run and was flagged offside. In five minutes, Simpson sent in a good cross looking for Cumming, but Flockhart rushed from his line to take the catch. In 12 minutes,

Broxburn took the lead when KEAST picked up a pass from Young and burst through the Gowfers’ defence then drilled the ball past Ferrie into the back of the net. Two minutes later they went close to adding a second when Donaldson ran through and fired off a blistering shot, but to the Gowfers’ relief the ball whizzed narrowly over the top. At the other end it was the Gowfers who had a half chance, but McIravey put his shot narrowly over the top, from the edge of the box.

The Gowfers should really have levelled the tie when Thomson put Cumming through, but, with only the keeper to beat, he hit it straight at him hitting him on the chest and the ball was cleared away down field.

In 35 minutes, the Gowfers had another chance to draw level, when McIravey drilled in a low shot, but Clark got across and blocked the ball away to safety. Five minutes later, they had yet another chance when McIravey sent a good cross into the six-yard box, where Cumming swung at it, but missed completely and, when the ball broke to Roberts, he was caught unawares and put it narrowly past. R

ight on the whistle, the Gowfers again went close when Cumming broke through, but pulled his shot across the face of the goal and the chance was lost.

Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Broxburn Athletic 1.

Before the second half got underway, the Gowfers made a change, with McIlravey, who had taken a knock just before the break, making way for Danny Millar. In 50 minutes, Carnoustie were made to pay for the missed chances when a loose ball was picked up by GRAY and he fired home, to double the visitor’s lead. Two minutes later the goalscorer, Gray was replaced by Cormack, with the Gowfers wishing it had taken place three minutes earlier.

In 54 minutes, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when J. Millar was shown a straight red card after a midfield clash with Cumming. If the Gowfers thought the loss of a man was to upset Broxburn, that thought was quickly banished from their minds as just two minutes later CORMACK picked up the ball and ran through unchallenged, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner for number three.

In 59 minutes, the Gowfers had a chance to pull one back when a ball from Roberts found Cook at the edge of the box, but he fired narrowly over the top. Just a minute later, however, the home side got on the scoresheet when a cross from Black picked out COOK and he headed it powerfully past Flockhart, giving him no chance.

Black tried a long-range shot trying to catch Flockhart offguard, but the keeper was alert to the danger and held it well. With the whistle fast approaching, Bews took a free-kick from around 25 yards, but Flockhart made the save. Shortly afterwards the referee brought the game to a close and the Gowfers had crashed to their first defeat of the season and were left rueing all those missed chances, especially in the first half.

Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Cook, Buggins, Bews, Kenneth, Roberts, McIlravey, Black, Thomson, Cumming, Simpson. Substitutes: Birmingham, D. Millar, M. Scott, L. Scott, Macpherson (GK).

Tomorrow

The Gowfers are back on the road, heading this week for one of the three Beechwood Parks in the Junior game, to meet Sauchie Juniors in the McBookie.com East Superleague. The other Beechwood Parks are at Auchinleck Talbot and Lochee Harp, in Dundee. This will be the Gowfer’s third visit to the venue and, having the lost the previous two, Alan McSkimming’s lads will be keen to halt that run, so yet another tough encounter is on the cards.

Interestingly, one of the Clackmannanshire club’s old boys is Alan Hansen, who went on to play for Partick Thistle and Liverpool before appearing regularly on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, before his recent retiral. Kick-off will again be at 2.30 p.m.

Results: Musselburgh Athletic 1, Lochee United 2; Linlithgow Rose 2, Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2; Kelty Hearts 3, Sauchie Juniors 0; Fauldhouse United 0, Armadale Thistle 0; Carnoustie Panmure 1, Broxburn Athletic 3; Bo’ness United 2, Penicuik Athletic 2; Ballingry Rovers 0, Bonnyrigg Rose 3; Newtongrange Star 3, Camelon Jumiors 1.

P W D L F A Pts

Kelty Hearts 4 4 0 0 14 2 12

Newtongrange Star 4 3 1 0 10 2 10

Bo’ness United 4 2 2 0 12 3 8

Linlithgow Rose 4 2 1 1 11 6 7

Fauldhouse United 4 1 3 0 8 4 6

Musselburgh Athletic 4 2 0 2 6 6 6

Broxburn Athletic 4 1 1 2 5 4 5

Hill of Beath Hawthorn 4 1 2 1 8 8 5

Carnoustie Panmure 4 1 2 1 5 6 5

Armadale Thistle 4 1 2 1 5 7 5

Penicuik Athletic 4 1 1 2 5 10 4

Bonnyrigg Rose 4 1 0 3 6 8 3

Ballingry Rovers 4 1 0 3 2 8 3

Lochee United 4 1 0 3 4 11 3

Sauchie Juniors 4 1 0 3 2 13 3

Camelon Juniors 4 0 2 2 2 8 2