Armadale Thistle 4, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Last Saturday the Gowfers travelled to Volunteer Park to meet Armadale Thistle in a McBookie.com East Superleague tie.
Manager Alan McSkimming brought Scott Robertson, Kevin Milne and Duncan Reid into the starting XI, with bench spots going to Marc Scott, Rori Bews, Ewan Buggins, Graeme Dailly and ‘keeper Neal Ferrie.
Armadale started brightly and had the first try at goal, but Wilson’s effort from 40 yards was well wide.
The Gowfers put themselves under pressure when Black gave away a free-kick on the left, which was taken by Dunn, but Macpherson punched the ball away to safety.
Carnoustie finally got into the Armadale half and forced a corner off Bonar, but McIlravey’s kick was too strong and drifted out the far side. Reid then won a corner off G. Brown, but McIlravey’s kick was cleared by Rarity.
At the other end, Millar gave away a corner on the left and the kick by McLeod was played short to Feeney, but his shot was blocked by Myles.
Milne then had a shot blocked for a corner by Patrick and the kick by McIlravey was headed goalwards by Perera, but it was weak and gathered easily by ‘keeper Walker.
In another Armadale attack, Feeney tried his luck from well out, but it was well over the bar. Carnoustie then had a chance when Milne knocked on a long ball from Robertson to McIlravey, but the keeper was out to clear.
Armadale almost went ahead when McLeod had a great mazy run into the Carnoustie box, but again Cook saved the day to clear his shot off the line.
The pressure finally told and Armadale went ahead in 37 minutes when a McLeod cross was headed out for a corner by Millar and the kick, by Dunn, caused chaos in the Carnoustie box with shots by S. Brown and Wilson being blocked before FEENEY finally drove the ball past Macpherson from close in.
They went further ahead in 40 minutes when S. Brown, from a clearly offside position, was allowed to run through into Carnoustie’s box where Cook made a great saving tackle, but the player went down and the referee pointed to the spot and flashed a straight red card to Cook.
After much protesting from the Gowfers, FEENEY blasted the kick past Macpherson for their second goal.
Carnoustie plugged away and right on half-time a McIlravey corner was headed clear by Rarity and headed back in by Roberts, but it was wide of the post.
Half-time: Armadale Thistle 2, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Carnoustie nearly pulled one back at the start of the half when a long throw by Myles was met by Perera on the corner of the six-yard box, but it went past the upright.
The Gowfers went further behind in 50 minutes when McLeod got down the right and DALRYMPLE had a free header from his cross to beat Macpherson from eight yards.
In 51 minutes, Perera was replaced by Buggins. Carnoustie had a chance when a corner on the right by McIlravey was cleared out to Robertson, who laid the ball off for Milne, but he shot straight at the keeper.
Soon after Reid was replaced by M. Scott. The strain of playing with 10 men was beginning to tell on the Gowfers and Armadale increased their lead when Dalrymple made tracks down the left and fired in a low cross for S. BROWN to drive home.
Carnoustie kept plugging away and had no luck when Milne and M. Scott both had shots blocked in the box and at the other end McLeod laid the ball off for G. Brown to have a shot, but it went wide.
McIlravey forced a corner off Rarity and took the kick, but Robertson’s header was cleared. Armadale went close to a fifth when McLeod volleyed a Dalrymple cross right across the Carnoustie penalty box, but nobody from the home side could get a touch to turn it into the net.
In 87 minutes Black was booked for dissent. Roberts was fouled out on the right by G. Brown and the kick by McIlravey was headed by M. Scott, but Walker palmed it over for a fruitless corner.
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Cook, Myles, Millar, Robertson, Roberts, McIlravey, Black, Perera (Buggins 51), Milne, Reid (M. Scott 60). Subs: Bews, Dailly, Ferrie (GK).
The Gowfers are back on home soil when they host to Camelon in the McBookie.com East Superleague. Although this is the first league meeting of the season between the pair, they did clash back in January down at Carsmuirs Park in the fourth round of the Scottish with the Mariners running out fairly comfortable 5-2 winners.
The visitors still have a chance of the title, so this game is certain to be another tough one for the Gowfers, who really must start to pick up some points if they are to have any hope of avoiding the dreaded drop. The match gets under way at 2.30 p.m.
McBookie.com East Superleague
Results: Newtongrange Star 0, Bo’ness United 1; Musselburgh Athletic 1, St Andrews United 1; Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2, Kelty Hearts 0; Armadale Thistle 4, Carnoustie Panmure 0; Tayport 2, Ballingry Rovers 0.
P W L D F A Pts
Bo’ness United 23 18 4 1 62 24 55
Newtongrange 27 17 9 1 55 31 52
Bonnyrigg Rose 26 14 3 9 50 22 51
Linlithgow Rose 23 15 4 4 49 27 49
Broxburn Ath. 28 14 9 5 49 51 47
Hill of Beath 21 12 5 4 49 28 40
Musselburgh 26 9 10 7 45 45 34
Sauchie Juniors 22 10 9 3 44 33 33
Lochee United 23 10 12 1 43 51 31
Camelon Jun. 14 9 2 3 25 12 30
Armadale Thi. 28 8 18 2 34 57 26
Kelty Hearts 28 5 13 10 36 53 25
Ballingry Rovers 25 6 14 5 25 57 23
Carnoustie 23 6 15 2 32 53 20
St Andrews 24 2 14 8 31 55 14
Tayport 25 2 16 7 28 55 13