CARNOUSTIE Panmure were back on the hunt for points on Saturday when they played host to Musselburgh Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Manager Ian Gilzean found himself rather short-handed for the tie with Mike McIlravey and Graeme Dailly both out with flu and Josh Perera and John Roberts carrying knocks and unable to play.
He was forced to field a trio of trialists, Cameron Stephen, Tam McCabe and Callum Rennie, who were joined on the bench by assistant manager Graeme Christie and spare ‘keeper Paul Findlay.
The homesters kicked off, but straight away Musselburgh were on the attack when McKenna won the ball in midfield and fired a hard low ball into the box to McCallum, but McPherson came out to make a great block and clear the danger.
The visitors kept up the pressure and were awarded a penalty when Ferguson brought King down in the box and was booked. McCALLUM gave McPherson no chance with the kick which he directed low into the corner of the net.
The Gowfers tried to bounce back from this setback and a low drive by L. Scott was held by ‘keeper Cornet at the foot of his left hand post. Russell then fouled M. Scott and Clark’s free kick was cleared for a corner which was taken by L. Scott. He found Clark on the edge of the box who fired in a strong drive which Cornet just got his fingertips to and pushed it on to the bar and over.
McPherson was then called into action when he made a fine save from King and then recovered to make another save from Myles’ effort from the rebound. A free kick from halfway by Clark put pressure on the Musselburgh defence, but Cornet managed to punch clear under pressure. In 20 minutes Carnoustie fell further behind when a long ball from Myles caught the defence square and KING raced into the box and fired low across McPherson into the right-hand corner of the net.
Again the home team tried get back into the game when Cook found Neave with a deep cross, but his header was well held by the ‘keeper. Neave was then fouled by Wilson 30 yards out, but M. Scott’s kick was too high. Neave then chased a long ball through and tried to lob ‘keeper Cornet as he came out, but again it was too high and floated over.
In 27 minutes Carnoustie were awarded a lifeline when L. Scott was brought down in the box for a penalty and ‘keeper Cornet was booked for protesting too strongly. M. Scott took the kick, but fired it past the post.
Robertson then fouled McCallum 30 yards out, but McKenna’s kick was straight at McPherson and he had no trouble making the save. M. Scott laid the ball off for brother Liam, but he shot well past from the corner of the box.
Things got even worse for Carnoustie when there was a clash of bodies in the box and Young was booked for a foul on McCallum. McPherson was red-carded, despite strong protestations that he had touched nobody. Narey was sacrificed to allow substitute ‘keeper, Findlay to come on.
McCALLUM again took the penalty giving Findlay no chance with the kick.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Musselburgh Athletic 3.
THE VISITORS started the second half and won a corner which was taken by Thomson, but Cook cleared strongly up the park.
In 48 minutes Murray was booked for dissent and five minutes later disaster struck Carnoustie again when a long ball was chased by McKenna into the box and Findlay brought him down which resulted in him being red-carded. Millar went into goal, but couldn’t do anything about McCALLUM’s third penalty kick to put Musselburgh four ahead.
Carnoustie’s nine men kept plugging away and a Cook free kick was headed on by Neave to M. Scott, but he blasted over. In 62 minutes Musselburgh made changes with Murray and King being replaced by Miller and Thompson and two minutes later Millar in Carnoustie’s goal did well to hold a snap shot from 20 yards by McKenna.
In 68 minutes Young was replaced by McCabe and two minutes later Hamilton was booked for a foul on Neave. The home player then picked up a loose ball 20 yards out, but his effort was just over. In 72 minutes Thomson was replaced by Lauder. L. Scott then won a corner off Wilson, but he then fired Clark’s kick over the bar.
In 76 minutes Musselburgh’s Miller was booked for a foul on Cook and four minutes later the Gowfers fell further behind when Ferguson lost posession to MILLER on the right and he cut into the box and beat Millar at his near post with a low drive from an accute angle.
Five minutes later Neave was booked for dissent and a minute later was replaced by Rennie. Musselburgh were not finished and McCallum crossed to Thompson, but he shot well over. A cross from the right by Shand tested Carnoustie’s third ‘keeper, but he held McKenna’s header with confidence.
Two minutes from the end, Thompson was booked for a foul on Cook and in the final minutes he won a corner off Cook, but McKenna’s kick was cleared by trialist, Rennie.
Carnoustie Panmure: McPherson, Narey (Findlay 40), Ferguson, Young (McCabe (T) 68), Millar, Robertson, Cook, L. Scott, Neave (Rennie (T) 82), Clark, M. Scott. Substitutes not used: Stephen (T) and Christie.
Musselburgh Athletic: Cornet, Russell, Hamilton, Thomson (Lauder 72), Wilson, Shand, Murray (Miller 62), Myles, King (Thompson 62), McCallum, McKenna. Substitutes not used: Sinclair and Adams (GK).
Referee: Mr Steven Traynor, Dundee.
Match ball Sponsor: Tayside Aerial Services Ltd.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are back on the road, heading this time for New Dundas Park to meet Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
The Lothians club currently lie in third spot with 17 points from their 11 games played just four points in front of the Gowfers with a game more played, so it looks like another tough encounter for Ian Gilzean’s men.
Kick-off will be at 2 p.m.
P W L D F A Pts
Linlithgow Rose 15 14 0 1 42 10 43
Bo’ness United 11 6 3 2 23 19 20
Bonnyrigg Rose 11 5 4 2 25 22 17
Broxburn Athletic 14 5 8 1 18 19 16
Camelon 9 5 4 0 20 18 15
Hill of Beath 10 4 4 2 16 19 14
Sauchie Juniors 13 3 5 5 16 20 14
Carnoustie Panmure 10 4 5 1 15 21 13
Kelty Hearts 8 3 3 2 17 11 11
Musselburgh Athletic 13 3 8 2 18 23 11
Lochee United 7 2 3 2 12 15 8
St Andrews United 13 2 9 2 15 40 8