CARNOUSTIE Panmure were back on the road on Saturday when they travelled to Olive Bank Stadium to meet Musselburgh Athletic in the McBookie.com East Super League.
Manager Ian Gilzean was still on holiday so team matters were again in the hands of assistant Graeme Christie and coach Alan McSkimming. They stuck with the same 11 who had started against Kelty Hearts the previous week.
Gowfers kicked off, but it was ‘Burgh who had the early chance after Clark lost the ball to King. He drove forward before firing in a low drive, which Macpherson got down well to save and turn the ball round the post for a fruitless corner.
In five minutes the Gowfers had a chance when Roberts won the ball in midfield and fed it through to L. Scott who took it forward and sent a great ball across the face of the goal. Unfortunately, no Carnoustie player could get the all important touch and it went out behind.
Six minutes later they had another chance when L. Scott won a corner off Moyes and Clark sent the ball in, only to see McCallum make a great clearing header.
The homesters went straight up the park and McKenna fired in a low shot which took Macpherson two attempts before he got hold of the ball. A minute later they came even closer when McCallum played the ball through to King who hit a great shot which came back off the post with Macpherson well beaten.
‘Burgh were then awarded a free-kick on the half-way line when King was fouled by Roberts. Lauder took the kick and sent the ball deep into the Gowfers’ box to McKenna who fired off a shot, but this hit King and fell to McCallum who was flagged offside.
At the other end Dailly forced a corner off Hamilton and Clark managed to pick out M. Scott with his kick, but the Gowfer’s man sent the ball narrowly over the top.
In 19 minutes the Gowfers were again on the attack and M. Scott sent in a deep cross, but with too much weight behind it, the ball went behind without troubling the ‘keeper.
Two minutes later M. Scott was fouled by Shand and Clark sent his kick in to Robertson who powered in a header, which came back off the bar to L. Scott who laid it across for CLARK to blast past Adams.
Dailly then won another corner off Hamilton which was taken by Clark, but again McCallum rose above everybody to head clear. McKenna picked up the loose ball and surged downfield only to be fouled by Ferguson on the edge of the Carnoustie box.
Lauder took the free-kick and fired in a low drive which Macpherson did well to turn round the post, hurting his hand in the process, but after some lengthy treatment it was he who got up to clear Lauder’s corner away to safety.
In 29 minutes the home side claimed for hand-ball when McKenna sent in a cross, but the referee saw nothing wrong and waved play on, amid howls of protest from the home support.
Carnoustie were awarded another corner but when Clark’s kick came in the referee gave a free-kick for pushing. M. Scott then made a great run up the left and played a neat one-two with Dailly before winning a corner off Noble. L. Scott took the corner himself and found Roberts at the near post, but the Carnoustie man sent it behind for a goal-kick.
Adams took the kick quickly and the Gowfers were nearly caught napping as the ball came out to McKenna who tried a long range shot, but Macpherson was equal to it and got down to make the save.
In 40 minutes the home side came close to levelling the tie after a cross from Noble found Thomson who fired in a fierce drive, but again Macpherson made a great save to turn the ball out for a corner which Ferguson then did well to head clear.
The woodwork again came to ‘Burgh’s rescue when a Clark corner found Millar, but his powerful header came back off the post and was cleared. King picked up the loose ball and fed it through to McKenna and again he tried a long range shot, and again Macpherson was equal to it, making another good save.
Roberts became the first player to be shown yellow in 45 minutes after a foul on McKenna, but Shand’s deep cross into the Gowfer’s box was dealt with well by Cook.
The last chance of the half fell to ‘Burgh with fully three minutes of stoppage time showing, when Moyes fed the ball through to King who sent in another cross to the back post, looking for McKenna, but Ferguson stepped in to clear the danger.
Half-time: Musselburgh Athletic 0, Carnoustie Panmure 1.
The home side set the ball rolling and attacked right from the off with McKenna sending in a deep cross, but Cook was there to clear it away. They went level two minutes later, however, when the ball came to KING who sent in a high ball which looped over Macpherson’s head and dropped into the net.
IN 49 minutes Clark linked with L. Scott who played the ball to Roberts, but he hit his shot straight at Adams who saved easily.
The home team’s McKenna then sent Thompson away and he took the ball forward before sending it flashing across the face of the goal, but with none of his teammates up with him, it went out for a goal-kick.
In 53 minutes the Gowfers made their first change with Roberts making way for McIlravey. A minute later the home side surged upfield and Lauder sent in a great cross to King whose shot was well blocked by Ferguson.
Four minutes later Carnoustie again went ahead when L. Scott played the ball through to Dailly who cut it back for McILRAVEY to drill low and hard into the net. Before the restart McCallum was booked for comments to the assistant-referee.
In 61 minutes a home side attack produced a low, hard ball across the face of the Gowfer’s goal, from McCallum, but again no ‘Burgh player got the necessary touch and it went behind. The homesters pushed forward, trying to get back on level terms and, firstly Thompson tried a long through ball, but Cook stepped in to intercept, then King sent a long ball through to McKenna, but he had mistimed his run and was caught offside.
From the resultant free-kick, taken by Ferguson, the ball came through to McIlravey, who fired in a shot which was blocked by Noble, spun high in the air and was taken cleanly by Adams. In 70 minutes M. Scott fed the ball through to Dailly, but his shot was a weak one and didn’t trouble Adams. Two minutes later Robertson went into the book for a foul on McKenna. Lauder took the free-kick and sent it into the box, finding Hamilton who powered in a good header, but again Macpherson brought off a great save to keep his side ahead.
With 15 minutes left, both side made changes with Perera coming on for Robertson for Carnoustie and Sinclair replacing Thompson for ‘Burgh. Four minutes later Carnoustie came close to adding to their tally when L. Scott linked with his brother who played the ball through to Perera, but Adams was quickly off his line to save at the Caroustie player’s feet.
The ‘keeper sent his kick upfield to Sinclair and he sent in a cross to King, but as he laid the ball back for McCallum to shoot, L. Scott got across to clear it away. Right on the whistle the home side was reduced to 10 men after Noble chopped down L. Scott on the edge of the box and he was shown a straight red.
Clark took the free-kick but cannoned his shot off the bar. A minute later the whistle sounded the end and signalled the Gowfer’s first-ever win at Olive Bank Stadium after three attempts. As the players walked off the pitch, McKenna was shown a yellow card for comments made to the referee.
Musselburgh Athletic: Adams, Moyes, Noble, Lauder, Hamilton, Shand, Thompson (Sinclair 75), Myles, King, McCallum, McKenna. Substitutes not used: McWilliams, Ponton and Cornet (GK).
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Cook, Ferguson, Millar, Young, L. Scott, M. Scott, Roberts (McIlravey 53), Robertson (Perera 75), Dailly, Clark. Substitutes not used: Narey, Neave and Findlay (GK, T).
Referee: Mr James Campbell, Edinburgh.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are again on the road and back on Cup business, when they make the short trip to Beechwood Park to meet Lochee Harp in the first round proper of the North/Tayside Inter-Region Cup, sponsored by G.A. Engineering.
Their last visit to the venue was in May, 2005, for a semi-final tie in the same competition, then sponsored by the North End Social Club, with the Gowfers running out narrow 2-1 winners. Kick-off is again scheduled for 2.30 p.m.
McBookie.com East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Linlithgow 5 5 0 0 16 6 15
Bo’ness 5 3 1 1 12 8 9
Hill o’ Beath 5 3 2 0 8 9 9
Bonnyrigg 4 2 1 1 10 7 7
Sauchie 5 2 2 1 10 10 7
Carnoustie 5 2 2 1 6 8 7
Kelty 3 2 1 0 10 6 6
Camelon 5 2 3 0 10 10 6
Broxburn 5 1 3 1 7 8 4
St Andrews 5 1 3 1 7 17 4
Musselburgh 5 0 3 2 6 9 2
Lochee 3 0 1 2 5 8 2