Gowfers go straight for glory in final friendly

Josh Perera opens the scoring for Gowfers at Laing park on Saturday.
Josh Perera opens the scoring for Gowfers at Laing park on Saturday.

Carnoustie Panmure 3
Edinburgh City 0

Carnoustie Panmure welcomed Edinburgh City to Laing Park on Saturday for the final match of their pre-season programme.

Kevin Milne battling through the defence

Kevin Milne battling through the defence

The Edinburgh side was last at Laing Park in 2004 when the Gowfers won 4-2.

The game kicked off with a strong wind in Carnoustie’s favour and they very nearly went ahead when they forced a corner which was taken by Webster, but Myles’ header was cleared off the line by Donaldson.

City then had a good chance when Guthrie got right through, but Ferrie blocked his effort and Millar 
was on hand to complete the clearance.

The home team took the lead in 16 minutes when Roberts fed the ball through to McIravey who slid it into the path of PERERA and he hit the ball home from close range.

They came close again when Black sent L. Scott away down the left and he crossed for McIlravey to get in a shot, but it was well held by Stobie.

Then a great long ball from Black into the City box was headed narrowly past by Perera. After Black was fouled by Pentland, Webster’s free-kick into the box was punched up in the air by Stobie and Perera just failed to hit the target with the loose ball.

Carnoustie increased their lead in 33 minutes when a bad pass by James was intercepted by McILRAVEY and he shot past Stobie from 15 yards.

The Carnoustie defence had had little to do, but when City did make a foray into the Gowfer’s half, a Torrance cross was well held by Ferrie. Carnoustie nearly extended their lead when Roberts fired a ball into the City box, but Stobie just managed 
to nick the ball away from Perera’s foot.

Four minutes from the interval City made a change with McFarland being replaced by Wilson. Carnoustie won a corner just on half-time, but Webster’s kick was carried over by the wind.

Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 2, Edinburgh City 0.

City resumed with Hunter being replaced by Stenhouse. The substitute quickly made his mark on the game by sending a great cross over Millar’s head, but Ferrie made a fine save from Guthrie’s effort.

Pentland then received a lecture from the referee after a foul on McIlravey. City, with the wind in their favour, piled on the pressure and a James cross was cleared for a corner by Roberts. James took the kick himself, but Ferrie rose above everyone 
to hold cleanly.

In 55 minutes the Gowfers were forced into making a change, replacing Milne, who had taken a knock, with Dailly and two minutes later City made their third change when McConnell took over from Gair.

City almost pulled a goal back when a header by Stenhouse was knocked out to Guthrie, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Cook.

From a foul by Donaldson on L. Scott, 30 yards out, Webster found Cook, but his header was touched over the bar by Stobie for a fruitless corner.

McIlravey nearly caught the ‘keeper out with a shot from a tight angle, but he managed to block his effort at the bottom of the post.

It was then Carnoustie’s turn to get a scare when Roberts lost the ball, in midfield, to Stenhouse who fed it in to McConnell, but his 
shot went across the face of the goal and out.

Carnoustie won a corner which Webster hit over the ‘keeper’s head, but the ball was cleared off the line by Vanson. In 76 minutes the Gowfers made a double substitution with Perera and Roberts replaced by Bews and M. Scott. Two minutes later, after a foul by McFarland, 
Myles had to go off to be replaced by Narey.

Cook then made a run down the left and fired in a great cross for Dailly to head home, but the Carnoustie man was flagged for offside. They did go further ahead right on the whistle when Webster took a short corner to McIlravey, got the return, and played a low cross into the six-yard box where DAILLY stooped to head the ball home.

This was a well deserved win and hopefully the 
knocks that were taken are not too serious.

Teams:

Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Cook, Black, Myles (Narey 78), Millar, Roberts (M. Scott 76), Webster, L. Scott, Perera (Bews 76), Milne (Dailly 55), McIlravey. Substitutes not used: Macpherson (GK) and Allardyce (T GK).

Edinburgh City: Stobbie, Vanson, James, Donaldson, Paterson, McFarland (Wilson 41), Hunter (Stenhouse 45), Gair (McConnell 57), Guthrie, Torrance, Pentland. Substitute not used. McNamara.

Tomorrow’s match

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers start their real season with a tough tie, when they travel to New Dundas Park to meet last season’s runners-up, Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic. The game kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Three days later, on Tuesday (August 13) Lochee United are the visitors to Laing Park, with a 7 p.m. start.