Panmure boss hoping for cup run

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

GOWFERS’ boss Ian Gilzean returned from holiday in Tenerife in time for last week’s G.A. Engineering Cup tie against Lochee Harp only to find that the heavens had opened and the match had been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Undaunted, he contacted Harp manager Mike Kelly and a friendly was arranged on the artificial pitch at DISC. But Mr Gilzean was happy to sit back and let Graeme Christie and Alan McSkimming take charge.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “Graeme and Alan did very well while I was away. To get two back-to-back results was tremendous.

“They continued what we have been doing with the players all season.

“However, you don’t want games postponed so early in the season. But there was so much rain it was no a surprise it was off, as very few actually went ahead.”

He went on: “The players got a run-out on the Astroturf at DISC which will set them up for the match later in the season against Broxburn. They have an artificial pitch so it was great practice.”

The manager revealed that utility midfielder frontman Brian Clark took a knock in the recent friendly match against Arbroath, but believes that he will be available for tomorrow’s visit to Laing Park of Dundonald Bluebell in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

He continued: “We have not had a great deal of success in the Scottish Cup competition in recent years so it would be nice if we could get a victory and perhaps put a little run together. Dundonald come from Cardenden and play in the East Central League where I believe they are doing quite well.”