CARNOUSTIE Panmure were again on the road on Saturday, when they travelled to Keir’s Park to meet Hill of Beath Hawthorn in the ACA Sports East Super League.
Manager Ian Gilzean could muster only two substitutes, Sammy Johnson and spare ‘keeper Neal Ferrie, for the bench.
The Gowfers kicked off playing down the slight slope, on a very heavy pitch and with a stiff breeze at their backs.
In four minutes, Clark sent the ball down the left to Gates, who flighted in a good cross, but Seeley knocked the ball behind for another corner. Again McIlravey took the kick, sending the ball to the back post where MATTHEW managed to bundle it over the line to give Carnoustie a great start.
In 14 minutes, the Gowfers won another corner off McCulloch. Clark took the kick and picked out McIlravey on the left who played the ball back into the box, but Seeley managed to get to it first and thump it clear.
Hendry was fouled by Wright as he went to collect the ball, and he sent the free kick through to Perera, who was also fouled by Dair just outside the box. Gates placed the ball, Clark ran over it and GATES then hammered it over the defensive wall into the net, giving Hall no chance.
Haws went on the attack when McCulloch fed the ball through to Smart who was fouled by Matthew some 25 yards out. Smart took the kick himself, but put it straight to McCafferty, who had no trouble making the save.
In 19 minutes Wright was shown yellow for chopping down Watson and Gemmell was also booked for protesting about it. Gates took the free kick again, but this time sent it high over the bar and out of the ground.
Haws were reduced to 10 men in 28 minutes when Gemmell was shown a second yellow for a bad tackle on Roberts. From the resultant free kick, Robertson found Gates who sent the ball into a ruck of players where Hendry got a touch, but Seeley cleared off the line to deny the Gowfers a third.
The Gowfers came close again when Robertson fired in a low drive and ‘keeper Hall tried to kick the ball clear, but it spun up and Watson headed it goalwards only to see Hall scramble back and just manage to make the save.
Half-time: Hill of Beath Hawthorn 0, Carnoustie Panmure 2.
The Haws got the second half under way and within minutes Seeley fired in a rocket which just curled past McCafferty’s post.
The homesters then had a half-chance when Robertson’s clearance fell to Wright, but although he hit a great volley, it was wide of the target.
They again came close on the hour mark when Wright laid a ball back to Seeley who again hit a great shot only to see Hendry block it out for a fruitless corner.
The Gowfers then had a chance when Gates sent in a great cross to McIlravey, but the ‘keeper managed to punch the ball clear just before the Carnoustie player got his head to it.
In 72 minutes the visitors came close again. A great piece of skill by Gates saw him dribble past three defenders and drill in a shot, but the ‘keeper stuck out a leg and deflected the ball past the post. A minute later Gates was booked for a trip on Smart.
In 75 minutes the Haws got a goal back after Hendry was penalised when Adamson hit the ball straight at him and he threw up his arm to protect his face. The referee decided this was deliberate hand-ball and awarded a penalty, also booking Hendry. BATHGATE took the kick and drilled the ball past McCafferty.
The Haws then made their first change, with Wright being replaced by Allum who, a minute later, nearly got the equaliser with a ferocious shot which hit the upright and spun away to safety.
In 80 minutes the Gowfers made a change, with Matthew going off to make way for Johnson. The homesters then made a second change with Hay taking over from Smart and a minute later McIlravey became the third Carnoustie player in the book after a trip on Hepburn.
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Hall, McCulloch, Seeley, Hepburn, Dair, Smart (Hay 86), Wright (Allum 76), Gemmell, Smith, Bathgate , Adamson. Substitutes not used; Kelly, Renton, Inglis (GK).
Carnoustie Panmure: McCafferty, Gates, Hendry, Robertson, Millar, Matthew (Johnson 79), McIlravey, Clark, Watson, Roberts, Perera. Substitute not used: Ferrie (GK).
Referee: Mr Gavin Ross, Edinburgh.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers again face Fife opposition when they play host to Kelty Hearts in the ACA Sports East Super League.
Amazingly, this will only be the second time the Hearts have been to Laing Park. The match gets under way at 2.30 p.m.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Linlithgow Rose 17 10 4 3 39 27 33
Hill of Beath 13 7 2 4 28 16 25
Bonnyrigg Rose 12 7 2 3 32 18 24
Camelon 15 6 5 4 25 23 22
Bathgate Thistle 16 5 5 6 25 29 21
Bo’ness United 10 5 2 3 15 10 18
Kelty Hearts 13 5 5 3 15 15 18
Musselburgh 14 3 8 3 30 38 12
St Andrews Utd 14 3 8 3 22 33 12
Lochee United 12 2 7 3 17 25 9
Carn. Panmure 12 2 7 3 14 28 9