On Saturday afternoon, Carnoustie Panmure played host to top Lothian side Linlithgow Rose at Laing Park in the ACA Sports East Super League.
With striker Kevin Cumming serving a one match ban after seeing red against Bonnyrigg Rose the previous week, Gowfers’ manager Ian Gilzean intended to bring in Josh Perera, who had just returned from holiday, but was forced to rethink his plans when Perera pulled a muscle during the pre-match warm-up.
Scott Robertson was therefore on from the start with bench spots going to Scott Gates, Stuart Ferguson, Mark Matthew, Andy Cowan and assistant manager Graeme Christie.
Carnoustie attacked from the kick-off and had an early chance when Clark fed Cook, who shot just wide of ‘keeper Hay’s left-hand post.
From the goal kick, play switched quickly to the other end where McLennan won a corner off Narey, but Walker headed over the bar from Nelson’s cross.
In seven minutes, Milne came close for the Gowfers with a fierce drive, which Hay did well to touch over the top. Clark’s corner to the back post picked out Robertson, whose header struck the upright and rebounded clear.
Shortly afterwards, Carnoustie forced another corner on the right, but this time Clark’s cross was punched clear by Hay.
Despite doing most of the early pressing, the Gowfers went behind in 13 minutes. Clyne worked his way up the left touchline, then crossed low and hard into the box to HAGAN, who knocked the ball home from six yards, giving McCafferty no chance.
In 21 minutes, Milne was booked for a foul on McArthur.
Panmure were now searching for an equaliser and came close when Clark made a good run up the right and laid the ball off to Milne, who shot narrowly past from the edge of the box.
Carnoustie continued to press and deservedly drew level in 26 minutes after Hendry had been fouled 40 yards out by Walker. Hendry took the free kick himself and played the ball deep into the Rose box where it broke to ROBERTSON, who shot home from close-range.
Before play restarted, Walker was booked for protesting.
Linlithgow stepped up a gear in response and after picking up a loose ball in midfield, Clyne tried his luck from distance, but McCafferty held the shot easily.
In 37 minutes, Tonner was booked for a foul on McLennan.
Two minutes later, Clyne and Millar clashed heads and both players required treatment before continuing. Millar was deemed to have been fouling the Rose player, but Fleming’s free kick was palmed over by McCafferty for a fruitless corner.
The yellow card was shown again in 44 minutes after Robertson was adjudged to have fouled McLennan 25 yards out. However, Nelson put the resultant free kick high over the top and the sides remained level at the interval.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 1, Linlithgow Rose 1.
Torrential rain had been falling for much of the first half, but fortunately this had eased by the time the players re-appeared after the break.
Shortly after the restart, Carnoustie were presented with a scoring opportunity when Robertson was fouled by Walker 35 yards out. Milne took the free kick and fired the ball over the defensive wall, but also the crossbar.
Disappointed on that occasion, but home fans were celebrating again in 57 minutes when, after being downed by Benton inside the Rose box, McILRAVEY picked himself up and drove the resultant spot kick hard and low past Hay into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to put the Gowfers ahead.
That lead was short-lived however, as just three minutes later Linlithgow were back on level terms. Clyne forced a corner on the right and from Nelson’s cross, the unmarked McARTHUR bulleted a header past McCafferty from close-range for the equaliser.
In 65 minutes, Carnoustie replaced Narey with Gates.
A minute later, Rose also made a substitution, introducing Herd for Strickland.
Both sides squandered further chances before Carnoustie regained the lead in 76 minutes. Gates got on the end of a Clark corner from the right and played the ball back across the face of the goal to MILLAR, who headed powerfully into the net, giving Hay no chance.
With time running out, Linlithgow made a double change in 83 minutes, replacing McLennan and Hagan with Smith and Maclennan.
Just a minute after coming on, Maclennan earned himself a booking for a foul on Hendry.
Linlithgow kept battling away, but in the closing stages Carnoustie almost sealed their victory with a fourth, but Clark’s fierce drive from just inside the box was touched round the post by Hay at full stretch.
Two corners followed in quick succession as the Gowfers continued to press, allowing Rose no way back.
Carnoustie Panmure - McCafferty, Tonner, Roberts, Millar, Narey (Gates 65), Hendry, McIlravey, Robertson, Clark, Milne, Cook. Substitutes, not used - Ferguson, Matthew, Cowan, Christie.
Linlithgow Rose - Hay, Tyrrell, Fleming, Benton, Walker, Nelson, McLennan (Smith 83), McArthur, Strickland (Herd 66), Clyne, Hagan (Maclennan 83). Substitutes, not used - Rosbergh, Brown, Manson, Banks.
Referee, C. Napier, Glasgow.
Match-ball sponsor, Carnoustie Tyres.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie make the short trip to Dundee to face Downfield in the first round of the John Walker East of Scotland Cup. Kick-off time at Downfield Park is 2.30 p.m.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Bo’ness United 3 2 0 1 11 1 7
Lochee United 3 2 1 0 11 5 6
Musselburgh 3 2 1 0 10 5 6
Carnoustie 3 1 0 2 5 4 5
Bathgate Thistle 3 1 0 2 4 3 5
Bonnyrigg Rose 2 1 0 1 3 1 4
Linlithgow Rose 3 1 1 1 7 7 4
Camelon 2 1 1 0 3 2 3
Kelty Hearts 3 1 2 0 4 6 3
Hill of Beath 3 0 1 2 5 7 2
St Andrews 3 0 2 1 5 9 1
Forfar WE 3 0 3 0 1 19 0