Gowfers finally make it through

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Carnoustie Panmure progressed to the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a victory over Maryhill Juniors at Laing Park on Saturday.

The tie had ended in a 1-1 stalemate in Glasgow, and the replay at Laing Park the previous week was abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.

Manager Alan McSkimming brought ‘keeper Neal Ferrie and Barry Myles into the starting 11, with bench spots going to Steven Cook, Josh Perera, Rori Bews, Mike McIlravey and Chris Macpherson.

Maryhill kicked off in bright sunlight, a complete change from the previous week, but Carnoustie quickly won possession and M. Scott was fouled by Callander on half way. Webster’s kick was cleared out to Milne on the edge of the box, but his shot was straight at ‘keeper Baker.

Webster then made a run down the left, but his cross was easily held by the ‘keeper. A few minutes later a shot by Milne from the edge of the box was blocked by Littler out to Dailly, but his effort was also blocked, this time by Wilson.

A long ball by Roberts almost put Dailly through but it was just too strong and ran through to the ‘keeper. Roberts then tried a lob into Maryhill’s box but Baker rose above everyone to punch clear. Roberts fouled Callander 35 yards out on the left but O’Donnell’s kick into the Gowfers’ box was headed clear by Myles.

At the other end, M. Scott tried a snap-shot from well out, but unfortunately it was well over the top. Murray then had a great chance to put Maryhill ahead when O’Donnell put him through into the home team’s box, but Robertson made a great saving tackle to clear the danger.

The same West Coast player then made room for himself down the left and fired in a cross to Paton at the far post, but the Maryhill man fired his shot into the side net. A Robert’s foul on O’Donnell, on the right spelled danger for Carnoustie but O’Donnell’s kick was too strong and just drifted over Murray’s head, at the far post.

Rossi then fed a fine ball through for Wells to chase into the Gowfers’ box, but Ferrie was off his line quickly to clear the danger. Callander laid a ball across the box for Murray to have a go, but Robertson was alert to the danger and made a fine block.

Maryhill’s spell of pressure paid off in 41 minutes when they took the lead through ROSSI. He took a pass from Wells on the left and fired across Ferrie into the far corner.

The homesters tried to get the goal back before half time and won a corner off Littler, but Webster’s kick was well held by Baker. They forced another corner, this time off Wilson, but Webster’s kick was cleared by Lundie.

Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Maryhill Juniors 1.

Carnoustie had the first effort of the second half when L. Scott picked up a loose ball but his shot from 20 yards was well held by Baker. The homesters kept up the pressure, winning a corner off Littler, but when Webster’s kick was cleared out to Roberts, his shot was blocked by one of his own side.

Milne then made ground down the left but his low cross was too close to the ‘keeper. Maryhill won a corner off Myles but the kick by O’Donnell was headed clear by Dailly.

The Gowfers were then almost caught out with a fierce drive from 30 yards by Murray, but Ferrie held it at the second attempt. In another attack by Maryhill, a cross from the left, by Murray landed for Paton, but his effort was well wide.

Carnoustie made changes in 64 minutes when Dailly and L. Scott were replaced by Bews and McIlravey.

Roberts then tried another long range effort, but it was well held by Baker and two minutes later the Gowfer’s man was booked for dissent.

A free kick on the corner of the Maryhill box was fired in by Webster, but Baker touched it over for a corner which was easily dealt with by the ‘keeper. In 70 minutes Murray was booked for kicking the ball away and a minute later M. Scott was replaced by Perera.

Carnoustie grabbed the equaliser in 73 minutes when Webster played a fine pass into MILNE, in the box. He turned Wilson and fired past Baker.

The visitors almost regained the lead in 75 minutes when Murray laid a ball off to Wells, but his drive went right across the goal and out the far side.

The homesters headed straight up the park and took the lead. A corner by Webster was flicked on at the near post by Milne and was headed past Baker by MYLES from close range.

In 77 minutes keeper Baker was booked for dissent and six minutes later Carnoustie went further ahead when Milne played a fine ball through to McILRAVEY who outpaced Wilson and slotted the ball home from 15 yards.

Bews was booked in 85 minutes for kicking the ball away at a free kick. Maryhill had a long range effort by Paton turned past for a corner by Ferrie, but Mason’s kick was too strong and the chance was wasted.

They kept pushing however and their efforts paid off with a goal in 88 minutes. O’Donnell sent the ball across from the left and WELLS fired into Ferrie’s left-hand corner.

The Gowfers had a chance right at the death when Roberts placed a ball through for Perera, but the Gowfer’s player had strayed offside.


Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Myles, Roberts, Millar, Robertson, L. Scott (McIlravey 64), Webster, Black, Dailly (Bews 64), Milne, M. Scott (Perera 71). Substitutes not used: Cook and Macpherson.

Maryhill Juniors: Baker, Littler, Wells, Lundie, Wilson, Callander, Rossi, Paton, Murray, O’Donnell, Mason. Substitutes not used – Atkin, Delaney and Bentley.

Referee – Mr Ross McIntyre, Dundee.

Match ball sponsor – G.L. Residential, Dundee.


Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are back in the hunt for league points when they welcome current league champions Linlithgow Rose to Laing Park.

The Rose are in second spot in the table, six points behind leaders, Newtongrange Star, but with three games in hand due to their involvement in the Senior Scottish Cup.

Of their eight games played the visitors have won seven and drawn one, scoring 21 goals and conceding just six, so this is set to be another tough test for the Gowfers .

They will have to be at their very best if they are to take anything from it.

This will again be a 2 p.m. kick-off.