Mixed emotions for Gowfers’ gaffer

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Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming experienced mixed emotions at the end of the D.J. Laing East of Scotland Cup at Laing Park on Saturday.

He was obviously delighted that his team had won through to a tie against Blairgowrie in the next round, but was disappointed at the performance of his team in the second half.

He told GazetteSport: “We made extremely hard work of the fixture. We came in at half-time two-nil up and were fairly comfortable. We said to the boys that the next goal was crucial, if we got it we would go on and win the game comfortably but if we conceded it would be a little more tricky.

“Unfortunately we made it hard for ourselves and credit to Montrose they capitalised on it. Over the 90 minutes a draw was probably a fair result. Fortunately, our standard of penalty taking was excellent and the goalkeeper saved one of their’s as well, which made things a little easier.”

The boss revealed that two of his players had been sent off. He went on: “Club captain Scott Robertson got sent off for a second yellow card with 20 minutes to go then, when we were taking penalties, Kev Milne got sent off as well for making a gesture to the Montrose fans.”

The Gowfers have the proverbial ‘mountain to climb’ tomorrow when they make the long journey to the south of Edinburgh to face high flying league leaders Newtongrange Star.

Alan went on: “They are the in-form team and have guys who are in the Scotland junior set up, but these are the games you look forwatrd to.

“We will be testing ourselves against the top players out there. It will be a great game for us and we will be looking for a bit of a reaction after Saturday.”

Once again the manager has a full squad to pick from although there will be a late fitness test for Neal Ferrie.