Glenrothes won 3-2 on penalties.
AFTER three weeks sidelined because of the weather, Carnoustie Panmure at last got back into action on Saturday when they made the trip to the Warout Stadium to meet Glenrothes Juniors in the first round of the prestigious John Walker sponsored East of Scotland Cup.
Manager Ian Gilzean made several changes to the side that had triumphed over Lochee Harp on January 12. Graeme Ferguson, Danny Millar, Mike McIlravey and Marc Scott were all on from the start with Stevie Cook, Harry Neave and John Young dropping to the bench, where they were joined by Graeme Dailly and Paul Findlay, the spare ‘keeper. Brian Deasley was unavailable, having been recalled by his parent club, Peterhead.
Prior to the kick-off a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Mr David Hay who died the previous week after a long illness. David was a season ticket holder at Laing Park and attended all the Gowfers’ matches until very recently.
In five minutes the homesters came close when Anderson fired in a shot from the left, but McPherson brought off a great save and pushed the ball out for a fruitless corner. Four minutes later the Gowfers attacked when M. Scott picked up the ball in his own half and made a good run forward, but then let the ball run too far in front of himself and S. Horne stepped in to thump clear.
In 16 minutes McIlravey fired off a shot on the turn only to see it flash narrowly past the ‘keeper’s right hand post. Ferguson then fed a long ball through for McIlravey to chase, but it was too strong and S. Horne stepped in to clear.
With 35 minutes played, the Glens had a great chance to go in front when Celenteno played a good ball through to Murray who outpaced Millar, but sent his shot wide of the post. Two minutes later Robertson was booked for a body-check on Murray. Celenteno took the free kick, but sent the ball high over the bar.
Five minutes before the break the Gowfers had a half-chance when Roberts sent in a good ball to Perera, but he headed wide. Just on the whistle the Gowfers got a scare when Murray, although he looked well offside, was allowed to run through and he tried to chip the ball over the advancing McPherson, but luckily for Carnoustie he put the ball over.
Half-time: Glenrothes Juniors 0, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Two minutes into the second half the Glens should have gone ahead when Winter played the ball through to Murray who rounded the advancing McPherson, but delayed too long before getting his shot away which allowed the ‘keeper to get back and push the ball away.
The Gowfers replied with a Narey cross to Ferguson who fired his shot narrowly over.
In 59 minutes the Gowfers had the best chance of the game when Millar played a great ball through to McIlravey who fired off a shot. This was blocked back out to him and he tried again, only this time the ball hit the post and ran along the line before being claimed by the ‘keeper just before the onrushing Dailly could get a touch.
In 70 minutes Carstairs found Anderson and he fed the ball through Celenteno who fired it across the face of the goal, but no Glens player was there to get a touch and it went behind.
The Gowfers were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Neave was fouled by S. Horne in 84 minutes. Clark’s kick was headed behind by Carstairs and McIlravey’s corner kick found Millar, but he headed narrowly past.
The Gowfers had one last attack with L. Scott feeding the ball through to Clark, but before he could get a shot off the referee brought the game to an end and it was on to penalties.
The home side won the toss and elected to go first. The Gowfers should have had the advantage when McPherson saved Winter’s effort, but Jamie Roberts did likewise with McIlravey’s kick. Celenteno took the second kick, but put it past McPherson’s left-hand post and when FERGUSON slotted his one home it was advantage Carnoustie. Carstairs took the Glens’ third kick and put it over the bar, but then Dailly saw his effort saved by Roberts. SHAW took the fourth for the home side and scored as did L. SCOTT for Carnoustie. The homesters’ fifth was taken by M. HORNE who also scored, but Roberts then saved Neave’s kick and so after five penalties each it was 2-2 and on to ‘sudden death’.
Gay took the Glens’ sixth kick which he put over the bar, but Millar saw his shot saved by Roberts and when MURRAY scored the homesters’ seventh kick and John Roberts sent his over the bar, it was the end for the Gowfers.
Glenrothes Juniors: Jamie Roberts, Newbigging (Shaw 89), Carstairs, M. Horne, S. Horne, Gay, Anderson, Winter, Celenteno, Murray, Napier (Kinnes 82). Substitutes not used: Moffat, McKie and Small (GK).
Carnoustie Panmure: McPherson, Narey, Ferguson, Millar, Robertson, John Roberts, McIlravey, L. Scott, Perera (Dailly 56), Clark, M. Scott (Neave 79). Substitutes not used: Cook, Young and Findlay (GK).
Referee: Mr John Bell, Kirkcaldy
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are back on the hunt for league points when they play host to Musselburgh Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
When the sides last met at Laing Park in April of last year, the points were shared in a 2-2 draw so a close match is on the cards.
Kick-off will be at 2 p.m.