Gowfers gaffer praises players for ruthless touch in Colony Park thrashing

Gowfers 0, Newtongrange 1

Gowfers 0, Newtongrange 1

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Alan McSkimming was over the moon as his ruthless Carnoustie Panmure side thrashed Colony Park 7-0 in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

The Gowfers now face Livingston United in the next round and McSkimming was thrilled to see such a cutting edge in his team's play.

It's the kind of killer instinct the manager has been keen to see from his players as a number of chances have went begging at times.

And Alan said the relentless tempo his side set from the first whistle was key to his team's well-deserved victory.

"It was a really professional performance. Right from the very start we were clinical and we got ourselves in front after just a couple of minutes. We didn’t stop and it was really pleasing to see.

"It’s the clinical performance we’ve been looking for. We knew it would be a tricky tie because they’re sitting top of their league undefeated.

"We knew we had to get out of the blocks sharp and playing to our tempo, and I knew if we could get to that tempo early on then we’d create chances.

"It was great to see that we could go to it right from the first whistle and keep them on the back foot. It didn’t really change for 90 minutes, we were on top of them for most of the game.

"We knew there was a possible slight gulf between the two leagues between the East Super League and playing in the First Division up there, but when it comes to the Scottish Cup you have to put in the performance to justify getting into the next round.

"There were great performances all around and it was pleasing to see so many different people on the scoresheet. But it didn’t matter if we won 1-0 or 7-0, it was about getting into the next round and we’ve done that."

Next up for Carnoustie is a game with Fauldhouse United, a team nearer the bottom of the Super League table.

But McSkimming is expecting a very tough clash with United, describing them as a frustrating outfit to play.

He also added he hopes his team take confidence from the Colony Park win into their next two games.

He said: "Fauldhouse is a difficult place to go to. I think they’re a really, really frustrating team to play. They’re a difficult team and they never give up.

"We were 2-0 up there last season with 20 minutes to go and got beat 3-2. We really have to go down there and be focused, putting in a disciplined performance.

"We view as a really key game in the league where if we take three points on the road, we could start to open up a bit of a gap on the teams below us.

"It’s all about consistency and we’re hoping to take the performances we’ve had in recent weeks into the next two massive games with Fauldhouse United and Sauchie Juniors."