Carnoustie Panmure 1, Musselburgh Athletic 2.
The Gowfers were again on home soil last Saturday, extending a welcome to Lothian’s outfit Musselburgh Athletic in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
For the match manager Alan McSkimming brought in Graeme Dailly with bench spots going to Liam Scott, John Roberts, Mike McIlravey, Ewan Buggins and spare ‘keeper Josh Allardyce.
Burgh kicked off and McDonald tried a long range effort, but it was straight at Ferrie and from the throw out M. Scott and Cook combined and made ground up the wing, but M. Scott’s final cross was weak and easy for ‘keeper Cornet.
McKenna then fired in a shot from 30 yards, but was just wide of Ferrie’s left-hand post. Burgh won a corner which was taken by S. Thomson, but B. Myles rose well to head clear.
The same Burgh player then tried a lob into Carnoustie’s box, but the wind carried it over the bar.
McKenna was then fouled by Millar on the right, but C. Thomson’s kick was blocked by B. Myles for a fruitless corner. A. Robertson’s foul on McDonald on the right gave Burgh an opening and S. Thomson laid the ball off for McKenna, but his weak shot from 20 yards was easy for Ferrie.
Dailly then sent M. Scott away up the left, but his cross drifted over the bar and at the other end S. Thomson played a square ball to McDonald 25 yards out, but his shot was well over the bar. B. Myles fouled McDonald on halfway and the kick was taken by Christie down the line to Martin, but once again the kick was carried over by the wind.
The game was flowing from end to end and Perera picked up a loose ball 30 yards out, but Hamilton got his body in the way to block his effort.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Musselburgh Athletic 0.
Carnoustie made a great start to the half when a Robertson cross was headed by Perera, but the ‘keeper made a great save to turn it past the post for a corner. Bews took the kick and it was headed down by Robertson for PERERA to fire home from close range.
Bews won a free kick on halfway and his kick was cleared for a corner by Russell, which was taken by Bews, but Hamilton won the battle in the air to clear. A free-kick, taken by Millar, picked out Perera on the left, but again the wind carried his cross out for a goal-kick.
In 71 minutes Reid was replaced by McIlravey. Robertson then tried to set Dailly through, but he had run into an offside position and the same happened at the other end when Hunter played a ball through to J. Myles.
A long Millar ball was cleared for a corner by Russell, but when Bews took the kick, Millar headed over. Carnoustie were stunned in 80 minutes when a cross by C. Thomson was blocked by Cook, but the ball fell for McKENNA to rifle home past Ferrie from 15 yards.
Four minutes later they took the lead when C. THOMSON chased a long ball and beat the outrushing Ferrie to poke it into the empty net, from inside the box.
In 86 minutes Robertson was booked for dissent and two minutes later Buggins made a late appearance for Dailly. Carnoustie almost snatched a late equaliser when McIlravey crossed in for Cook to head strongly for goal, but Cornet touched it over.
A B. Myles long throw was headed on by Perera, with the Gowfers’ man appealing for a penalty for a hand ball, but it was waved away and he was booked for protesting.
In the dying minutes McKenna was booked for a deliberate hand ball.
Carnoustie Panmure – Ferrie, Cook, B. Myles, Millar, Robertson, Bews, M. Scott, Black, Dailly (Buggins 88), Perera, Reid (McIlravey 71). Substitutes not used: L. Scott, Roberts and Allardyce (GK).
After three successive games at home, the Gowfers are back on their travels tomorrow (Saturday) heading for Prestonfield to meet current league champions, Linlithgow Rose in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
The Rose had a good start to the season, but have stumbled a bit recently which led to the resignation of their manager Mark Bradley three weeks ago. Since then, however they have got back on song and currently lie fourth in the table, just seven points adrift of leaders Bo’ness United and still have a good chance of retaining their title.
Prestonfield hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Gowfers, but with Alan McSkimming’s men desperate to get back on track after two disappointing results, this is sure to be another closely fought affair. Tomorrow’s match gets under way at 2.30 p.m.
P W L D F A Pts
Bo’ness United 20 16 3 1 56 20 49
Newtongrange 23 16 6 1 50 27 49
Bonnyrigg 23 12 3 8 43 18 44
Linlithgow 20 13 4 3 42 24 42
Broxburn 24 11 8 5 39 44 38
Hill of Beath 18 9 5 4 42 27 31
Camelon Juniors 14 9 2 3 25 12 30
Musselburgh 22 7 9 6 38 40 27
Lochee United 20 8 11 1 36 45 25
Kelty Hearts 25 5 11 9 34 48 24
Sauchie 18 7 9 2 30 28 23
Carnoustie 19 6 11 2 29 41 20
Armadale 23 6 15 2 27 46 20
Ballingry 21 5 11 5 23 47 20
St Andrews 19 2 11 6 25 44 12
Tayport 21 1 14 6 23 48 9