Musselburgh 4, Carnoustie Panmure 1.
Last Saturday the Gowfers were back on their travels, making their way to Olive Park to meet Musselburgh Athletic, in a must-win game in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Manager Alan McSkimming kept the same starting XI that had beaten St Andrews United midweek. Bench spots went to Rori Bews, Ewan Buggins, G Millar (T) and Josh Allardyce.
Musselburgh were quick to launch the first attack when a driving run by McKenna had Macpherson on his toes to turn his shot over for a corner which was taken by Davie, but was fired over by Thomson.
Milne then chased a long ball through from Robertson, and although he stuck it in the net, he was flagged for offside.
Carnoustie went behind in five minutes when a cross by Hunter was missed by Millar and THOMSON fired the ball across Macpherson into the far corner of the net.
McKenna then burst through, but was well offside, and shot over, but Carnoustie, who were guilty of not clearing their lines, paid for it by going two down in the ninth minute when DAVIE picked up a loose ball, rounded Macpherson, and rolled the ball into the empty net.
Carnoustie were under severe pressure at this stage and Davie again got behind the Gowfer’s defence, but Macpherson made a fine save. The Musselburgh pressure paid off again in 20 minutes and Carnoustie went three down when Hunter made ground up the left and laid the ball off for McKenna to give Macpherson no chance.
The Gowfers finally made it into the Musselburgh half and Perera crossed for Milne to have a shot, but again the offside flag was raised. Thomson then tried his luck at the other end from 25 yards, but it was well held by Macpherson. The Gowfers won a corner on the left off Russell and McIlravey took it, but it was cleared by Doig who, in the process, clashed with Perera and the Carnoustie man required treatment for a leg knock.
The visitors had the ball in the net when Milne fired in a shot, but he was was pulled up for a foul Hamilton. Out on the right Milne won a corner off Martin and McIlravey played the ball out to Cook on the edge of the box where the Carnoustie man was fouled by Russell. Black’s kick was turned past by keeper Cornet, but McIlravey’s kick was cleared by Hamilton.
Half-time: Musselburgh Ath 3, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Carnoustie made a great start to the half when Christie’s attempted passback was short and Perera chased it into the box where keeper Cornet, attempting to clear, kicked the ball against PERERA and the ball rebounded off him and into the empty net.
The same Gowfers player then chased a long ball from Roberts and lobbed it over over the keeper, but it landed on the roof of the net.
At the other end, a free-kick from midfield by McDonald was lofted over Macpherson’s head by Hunter, but, like the previous attempt, by Carnoustie it landed on the top of the net.
M Scott then had a chance to reduce the leeway when he got right through, but he shot straight at the keeper.
Thomson got behind the Carnoustie defence, but his shot was blocked by Macpherson and the rebound came back out to to him, but his second attempt was cleared off the line by Millar.
Carnoustie forced a corner off Hamilton and McIlravey’s kick found Black at the far post, but he shot wide and Milne then had a chance when put through, on a flick, by M Scott, but again the shot was straight at keeper Cornet.
In 68 minutes, Musselburgh went further ahead when Davie made a great solo run from half way and laid a perfect ball across the box for HUNTER to fire past Macpherson.
In 78 minutes, Roberts was replaced by Buggins and he almost made his mark right away when he should have done better than head a Cook cross over the top. Christie was booked for a deliberate handball in 82 minutes and the free-kick from 30 yards out was taken by Bews, who got the ball over the wall, but it was held by the keeper.
Soon after, Hamilton and Perera were both booked after a tussle and just on full-time Carnoustie had the last effort at goal with a free kick by McIlravey, to the far post, which was headed back across goal by Robertson, but it was just too high for Perera to reach.
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Cook, L. Scott, Millar, Robertson, Roberts (Buggins 78), McIlravey, Black, Perera, Milne (Bews 72), M. Scott. Substitutes not used: G. Millar (T), Allardyce (GK).
The Gowfers play their penultimate home fixture of the season, in the McBookie.com East Superleague, when the play host to Hill of Beath Hawthorn. When the pair met earlier in the season at Keir’s Park, back in August, the Haws handed out a 5-1 beating to the Gowfers. Tomorrow’s tie again gets underway at 2.30 p.m.
Results: McBookie.com East Superleague, 30.4.14 – Sauchie Juniors 0, Camelon Juniors 1; Carnoustie Panmure 4, St Andrews United 2. Saturday – Camelon Juniors 1, Tayport 3; Ballingry Rovers 4, St Andrews United 3; Newtongrange Star 5, Hill of Beath Hawthorn 0.
P W L D F A Pts
Newtongrange 29 19 9 1 64 31 58
Bo’ness United 25 18 3 4 64 26 57
Bonnyrigg Rose 28 16 3 9 55 24 57
Linlithgow Rose 25 17 4 4 55 29 55
Broxburn Ath 29 14 9 6 51 53 48
Hill of Beath 23 12 6 5 49 33 41
Musselburgh 27 10 10 7 49 46 37
Sauchie Juns 25 11 11 3 47 38 36
Camelon Juns 17 10 3 4 29 17 34
Lochee United 25 10 14 1 46 58 31
Armadale 29 8 18 3 36 59 27
Ballingry Rovers 28 7 15 6 29 61 27
Kelty Hearts 29 5 13 11 36 53 26
Carnoustie 25 7 16 2 37 59 23
Tayport 27 3 17 7 31 58 16
St Andrews 27 2 17 8 37 66 14