Gowfers in Laing League Cup seventh heaven at Brechin

Brechin Vics 1,

Carnoustie Panmure 7

FOR THE away match against Brechin Vics in D.J. Laing League Cup Group A on Saturday afternoon, Carnoustie Panmure manager Ian Gilzean made several changes to the side that had beaten Forfar West End 6-1 last midweek.

Kevin Milne, back from suspension, Steven Narey and Greg Beattie were all on from the start, replacing the injured Scott Robertson and Steven Cook and Mike McIlravey, who were both on the bench along with Kevin Cumming.

Included in the home line-up was former Gowfer Kevin Longmuir, who is also the Vics’ manager.

Playing up the Victoria Park slope in the first half, Carnoustie attacked from the kick-off and squandered an early half-chance in three minutes when a Hendry cross was headed down by Perera to Roberts, who shot high over the top.

In six minutes, a Clark free kick was only partially blocked away by ‘keeper Robbie and fell to PERERA, who stabbed the ball over the line and the Gowfers were off the mark.

Carnoustie continued to press and doubled their lead in 16 minutes when a Hendry cross was knocked down by Perera to K. MILNE, who swivelled and hammered the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Two minutes later, McNaught took a pass from McKellar and tried a long-range shot, but sent it yards wide of McCafferty’s right-hand post.

In 20 minutes, Tonner went down injured and required considerable treatment before continuing. At this point, Vics made their first change with Black replacing McKellar.

Gates almost put Carnoustie further ahead with a rocket shot in 26 minutes, but Robbie got up well to make a great save.

A minute later, Vics pulled a goal back in rather controversial circumstances. From a suspiciously offside position, McNAUGHT was allowed to run on and fired the ball past McCafferty to reduce the leeway.

On the half-hour mark, Gates was sent clear by Beattie, but his run was blatantly blocked by Gauld, who was shown the yellow card.

Two minutes later, Beattie was then booked for a rather innocuous foul on Longmuir.

As the Gowfers pushed forward, looking to add to their tally, Narey came close with a fierce 40 yard drive in 36 minutes, but Robbie got down well to turn the ball round his right-hand post for a corner. Clark crossed the flag kick right into the goalmouth, but Tonner knocked it over the top.

In 37 minutes, Narey linked with K. Milne and the latter’s low driven cross into the box was met by GATES, who hammered the ball past Robbie for number three.

Right on the half-time whistle, GATES scored again, this time skipping past three players on his way to the bye-line before firing past Robbie into the far corner of the net from the tightest of angles.

Half-time: Brechin Vics 1, Carnoustie Panmure 4.

The second half began with Carnoustie going in search of further goals and there was a let-off for Vics in 54 minutes when Low attempted to clear a K. Milne shot, but sliced the ball narrowly over his own crossbar, coming close to scoring what would have been a spectacular own goal.

Before the resultant corner could be taken, the Gowfers made their first change with Tonner limping off to be replaced by Cumming.

R. Milne replaced Nicol for Vics in 68 minutes.

Two minutes later, Gates made a surging run into the home box only to be brought down by Gauld and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. GATES took the kick himself and blasted the ball into the back of the net, giving Robbie no chance.

In 73 minutes, the Gowfers again came close when K. Milne fired in a shot to the near post. Robbie got down well to touch the ball round his left-hand post for a corner and Perera headed narrowly over from Clark’s flag kick.

That was Perera’s last touch of the ball as before play resumed he made way for McIlravey.

Four minutes later, another Clark corner was cleared only as far as ROBERTS, who first-timed a 35 yard rocket past Robbie for Carnoustie’s sixth.

In 78 minutes, Eaton replaced Ross for Vics.

The Gowfers completed their magnificent seven in 88 minutes when Beattie made a good forward run before drilling in a shot, which Robbie failed to hold and McILRAVEY made no mistake from six yards.

Shortly afterwards, the referee blew for full-time and having scored 13 goals in winning their first two fixtures, it’s Carnoustie’s best start to the League Cup competition for many years.

Teams:

Brechin Vics - Robbie, Gauld, Longmuir, Easton, Low, Nicol (R. Milne 68), McKellar (Black 20), Buggins, Ross (Eaton 78), Mishlov, McNaught. Substitutes, not used - Young and McKenzie.

Carnoustie Panmure - McCafferty, Tonner (Cumming 54), Roberts, Millar, Narey, Hendry, Beattie, Perera (McIlravey 73), Clark, K. Milne, Gates. Substitute, not used - Cook.

Referee, K. Beats, Finavon.

Tomorrow’s match

Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie are again on League Cup duty, this time away to Coupar Angus at Foxhall Park with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off.

The Gowfers’ last competitive visit to the Perthshire venue was back on May 24 2003 and resulted in a 4-1 victory in a Findlay and Co Cup semi-final tie.

Carnoustie YM 2,

Carnoustie Panmure 5

A MIDWEEK friendly between Carnoustie Panmure and amateur side Carnoustie YM on Wednesday evening was switched to Carlogie Park due to a problem with surface water at Laing Park.

With 17 minutes played, MILNE opened the scoring for Panmure and the same player made it two in 36 minutes.

Three minutes later, GARVOCK pulled one back for YM, but in 42 minutes, HENDRY restored Panmure’s two-goal advantage.

Half-time: Carnoustie YM 1, Carnoustie Panmure 3.

CUMMING netted number four in 64 minutes and Panmure went nap 10 minutes later when MILNE completed his hat-trick.

YM kept plugging away and scored a second consolation counter through STURROCK in 80 minutes.

Carnoustie Panmure - McCafferty, Narey, Ferguson, Hegarty (T), Tonner, McIlravey, Roberts, Hendry, Cumming, Milne, Perera. Substitutes - Millar, Cushnie (T), Cook and Smyth (T, gk).

Referee, M. McIlvenny, Dundee.

Wednesday’s fixtures in the D.J. Laing League Cup Group A, Brechin Vics v Coupar Angus and Kirrie Thistle v Forfar West End, were both postponed.

D.J. Laing League Cup Group A

P W L D F A Pts

Carn Panmure 2 2 0 0 13 2 6

Kirrie Thistle 2 2 0 0 5 2 6

Coupar Angus 1 0 1 0 1 3 0

Forfar WE 1 0 1 0 1 6 0

Brechin Vics 2 0 2 0 2 9 0

Manager’s comments

CARNOUSTIE chalked up their second overwhelming victory in a week with a win against Brechin Vics in the D.J. Laing Cup on Saturday. And manager Ian Gilzean was pleased with the performance of his players and their aggressive goal-scoring attitude.

He said: “We’ve done well in both games, and not just sat back and been happy with 2-1. We’ve gone out and added a few more goals. We’ve been creating lots of chances, which is great.”

It also seems that some of the Gowfers’ defensive issues have been addressed.

Ian explained: “We went about these games in the right manner, and tightened it up defensively at the back. The two goals we did concede were disappointing, and I’m hoping that we can eradicate these errors.”

However, Ian warns that harder challenges await them beyond the DJ Laing Cup.

He added: “No disrespect to the teams we’ve already played, but we will be facing much tougher sides this season.”

Midfielder Scott Gates has been something of a rising star within the team, and his hat-trick against Brechin cements his reputation as a formidable player.

Ian said: “Scott played very well. He used to play at a higher level, at Dundee, Montrose and Arbroath before he came to us. He’s getting back to the form he used to have when he played for Dundee, and that makes him dangerous.

“He’s back to taking on the full back and delivering balls into the box.

“The last thing a defender wants to see is a winger running at them with the ball. If he does that two or three times in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the game they’re going to know that he’s a threat.”

The one stain on the Gowfers’ copybook came from a dubious goal by Vics player McNaught, which appeared to come from offside.

Ian said: “We thought it was offside, but there were no linesmen to call it. This often happens when you go to somewhere where the referee is on his own.”

Ian remains pragmatic, however, and admitted that the referee has little chance of keeping up with play on his own.

The Brechin goal, offside or not, was only a temporary setback and the Gowfers surged back on the offensive, much to Ian’s delight.

He said: “McNaught did finish the goal well, but we bounced back from that very quickly. We kept the ball forward and got another few goals, and it’s at the point where you are more than just one up that you can ease back a bit and start to enjoy the football.”

There are still one or two injury worries for this weekend, with Scott Robertson expected to remain on the bench with a leg injury.

Steven Cook also suffered a leg knock against Forfar, but should be fit to play by the weekend, and a suspected Achilles tweak saw John Tonner leave the field at Brechin.

However, Tonner took part in training on Monday and has been given the clear by the team physiotherapist.

The next fixture in the D.J. Laing Cup will see Panmure face Coupar Angus, and Ian is hopeful that his side can progress in the competition.

He said: “We’re going to treat the game against Coupar Angus the same as we did the Vics’ game. They have nothing to lose either.

“If we don’t go about this the right way there is always the chance of a team causing an upset.”

“I think we’ve got good enough players, you can see how much we’ve come on from last season and the one before that.

“I’d like to get out of the group stages and go into the semi-finals. That’s something we’ve not managed in the last two years and if we can win our next two games that would be good.”