Sauchie Juniors 1,
Carnoustie Panmure 0
Carnoustie Panmure were back on their travels on Saturday afternoon, heading this time for Beechwood Park to face Sauchie Juniors in the fifth game of their McBookie.com East Super League programme.
Manager Alan McSkimming was again missing several key playerswith new signing Garry Kenneth serving a one-game suspension picked up while with Brechin City last season, Mark Kohler, out due to work commitments, Daniel Neath, still down south, Scott Robertson, ankle injury, Liam Scott, shoulder injury, and Greg Birmingham, on holiday.
Mark Scott, however, had recovered from his bout of tonsilitis and was on from the start, but two trialists were required to complete the starting line-up with another two given places on the bench along with Mike McIlravey, who was still feeling the effects of a knock picked up the previous week.
Straight from the kick-off, Carnoustie played the ball deep into the Sauchie half where home defender Boyle was shown a yellow card for a deliberate handling offence with less than a minute on the watch.
Shortly afterwards, the Gowfers won a corner on the left, but from M. Scott’s flag kick the homesters were awarded a freekick for pushing in the box.
As play swung from end to end, both sides struggled to put any pressure on their opponents’ goal, but in 15 minutes Black came close for Carnoustie with a long-range strike, which flew narrowly over the top.
In 25 minutes, Morgan also tried his luck from distance for the home side, but fired the ball high over the bar.
Bews picked up the Gowfers’ first yellow card of the match in 32 minutes for a foul on Munn.
Two minutes later, Buggins fired in a shot for the visitors, but was unlucky to find only the side-netting.
Late in the first half, Sauchie were having the better of the play and Ferrie kept Carnoustie on level terms when he got down well to save a low shot from Morgan.
Right on the half-time whistle, the homesters again came close when Cummings pounced on a loose ball just outside the box and took a couple of steps before drilling a low shot just wide of Ferrie’s left-hand upright.
Half-time: Sauchie Juniors 0, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Sauchie were first to show after the break, but Tully’s 30 yard shot was blocked by Black and cleared away by Millar.
In 51 minutes, McCulloch became the second home player to be cautioned after he brought down Black just inside the Sauchie half.
As the Gowfers began to come more into the game again, Buggins sent a shot whizzing narrowly over from the edge of the box.
However, just on the hour mark, it was Sauchie who made the breakthrough. Cummings beat Millar along the bye-line, then crossed to MORGAN, who rose unchallenged to head the ball past Ferrie from six yards.
Three minutes later, the homesters came close to doubling their lead when the ball was again played through to Morgan, but this time he drove it narrowly over the top.
In 78 minutes, Sauchie made a change with ex-St Johnstone star Colin Samuel taking over from Munn.
The substitute was quickly into his stride and just two minutes later almost added to Sauchie’s tally with a low drive from the edge of the box, which Ferrie got down well to save.
Any hopes Carnoustie had of salvaging a point were finally dashed in 89 minutes when Black received a straight red card for ‘foul and abusive language’ directed at the referee.
Shortly afterwards, Millar saw yellow for a foul on Morgan. The referee then blew for full-time and the Gowfers once again returned home empty-handed from Beechwood Park.
Carnoustie Panmure: Ferrie, Cook, Buggins, Trialist 1, Millar, Bews, Cumming, Black, Thomson, Trialist 2, M. Scott. Substitutes - Trialist 3, Trialist 4, McIlravey, McPherson (gk).
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are again on the road, heading for the second time in three weeks to meet Camelon Juniors. This time, however, the visit to Carmuirs Park is for a first round tie in the prestigious D.J. Laing East of Scotland Cup.
When the sides met in the league three weeks ago, the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate, but this time there must be a winner with the game going straight to kicks from the penalty spot should they again be all square after the regulation 90 minutes.
The pair met last season in the quarter-finals of the same competition with the Mariners winning 3-0, so this time round Alan McSkimming’s men will be out for revenge.
The action is scheduled to get under way at 2.30 p.m.
Scottish Junior Cup Draw
In the draw for the first round of this season’s Scottish Junior Cup, made recently in the Pollok JFC Social Club, the Gowfers were favoured with a bye into the next round, as were near neighbours Broughty Athletic and Arbroath Vics.