PRIOR to Carnoustie Panmure’s last home fixture of the season at Laing Park on Saturday, retiring Gowfers’ secretary Russell Park was presented with a silver quaich from the club in recognition of his 40 years’ service.
He also received a bottle of malt whisky from team captain Robert Hendry on behalf of players.
The Gowfers’ opponents were Glenrothes, also still in with a chance of promotion to the Super League.
Scott Gates replaced the suspended Kevin Milne and bench spots went to Josh Perera, Greg Beattie, Greg Anderson and Mark Matthew.
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of Lochore Welfare long-serving official Jock Steel, who had passed away the previous day.
Carnoustie attacked from the kick-off and should have had an early corner after Cumming was fouled by Gibson out on the left. Cook’s free kick into the box was headed behind by a defender, but the referee awarded a goal kick.
Play switched to the other end, and a fluffed clearance by Tonner was intercepted by Buchan, whose 25-yard shot was turned past by McCafferty for a fruitless corner.
Glenrothes forced another corner and when Duffy’s cross was only part- cleared, the ball was fired back in by McBride, but straight at McCafferty.
Gradually the home side worked their way into the game and almost opened the scoring when good play by Cook set up Cumming, who shot past.
In the Gowfers’ next attack, Cumming got his head to a Cook free kick, but was again just off target.
Clark put in a deep cross, which was cleared back out to him. He opted to go for goal himself and was unlucky to see his shot go behind off the outside of the post.
As the Gowfers pushed forward once more, a Robertson header from a Clark cross was cleared off the line by McAllister, with ‘keeper Guppy beaten.
Right on the half-time whistle, Carnoustie again came close to holding the interval lead when Cook headed narrowly past from a Clark free kick.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Glenrothes 0.
Glenrothes resumed with Shaw on for Thomson.
With a strong easterly wind at their backs, Carnoustie attacked and a cross by Gates from a tight angle almost sneaked by Guppy’s right-hand post.
The Gowfers were doing most of the pressing, but were almost caught on the break when Glenrothes surged up the right and won a corner. Laird’s cross was punched away by McCafferty, but only as far as Buchan, who shot over from 25 yards.
In 62 minutes, Perera replaced McIlravey for Carnoustie.
Carnoustie’s pressure was rewarded five minutes later when a Clark corner from the left proved troublesome for Guppy. The ‘keeper punched the ball against the crossbar from where it rebounded to GATES, who headed home from close-range to put the Gowfers ahead.
In 77 minutes, Cook limped off and was replaced by Beattie. Four minutes later, Glenrothes also made a second change, replacing Gibson with Kelly.
Carnoustie doubled their lead five minutes later. Cumming burst through the visitors’ defence, but his shot was blocked. So too was Perera’s, but the ball broke to substitute BEATTIE, who hammered it home from close-in.
It looked all over, but Glenrothes got themselves back in the game with just four minutes to go. Kelly went down just outside the box and from a disputed free kick DUFFY fired the ball over the defensive wall into the top right-hand corner.
Slack play by the home defence almost gifted the Glens an equaliser, but Buchan shot over.
In 90 minutes, Buchan was cautioned for a foul on Cumming. That was the first booking of the match, but a second followed in stoppage time when King saw yellow for dissent.
The final whistle signalled three more valuable points for the Gowfers, who remain second top of the ACA Sports East Premier League.
Carnoustie Panmure: McCafferty, Hendry, Tonner, McIlravey (Perera 62), Narey, Roberts, Clark, Cook (Beattie 77), Cumming, Gates, Robertson. Substitutes, not used - Anderson and Matthew.
Glenrothes: Guppy, Gibson (Kelly 81), King, Morrison, McBride, Laird, McAllister, Duffy, Thomson (Shaw 45), Buchan, Juskowiak. Substitutes, not used - Moffat, Clark, Simpson and McRae.
Referee: S. Leslie, Brechin.
Match-ball sponsor: Autoelectrix, Dundee.
Carnoustie’s final fixture of the season is away to Glenrothes next Saturday, May 21, and is almost certain to be a promotion decider. Kick-off time at the Warout Stadium is 2.30 p.m.
ACA Sports East Premier League
P W L D F A Pts
St Andrews 21 16 2 3 50 21 51
Carnoustie 21 11 4 6 45 31 39
Broxburn 21 12 7 2 55 33 38
Glenrothes 19 10 6 3 49 32 33
Ballingry 21 9 8 4 38 44 31
Penicuik 18 7 6 5 32 29 26
Broughty 19 7 7 5 40 44 26
Arniston 20 7 11 2 26 41 23
Kinnoull 22 7 13 2 32 48 23
Armadale 19 5 8 6 28 31 21
Whitburn 21 5 13 3 28 43 18
Thornton 20 2 13 5 32 58 11