Newtongrange Star 5,
Carnoustie Panmure 1
Carnoustie Panmure travelled to New Victoria Park on Saturday to meet Newtongrange Star in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
Star kicked off but the visitors won control of the ball and McIlravey put in a deep cross which was easily held by Renton.
Tolmie was booked for kicking the ball away to deny the Gowfers taking a quick free kick. Play was going from end to end and Star’s Deland played a pass through for Jamieson to chase, but Robertson was quicker and beat him to it to clear the danger.
Tolmie fouled McIlravey outside the Star box. Webster’s kick was palmed away at the foot of the post by Renton and Robertson had a shot from the loose ball, but Renton was there again to block his effort.
The homesters took the lead in 37 minutes. Jamieson was put through by Cropley and his shot was cleared off the line by Robertson, but the loose ball came back out to JAMIESON and this time he did not make any mistake.
In 40 minutes Roberts was replaced by Bews and a few minutes later an inswinging corner by King put Carnoustie’s defence under pressure, but Macpherson managed to palm the ball out and Robertson completed the clearance.
Half-time: Newtongrange Star 1, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
Star started the second half well when Tansey put a good cross in to Jamieson, but he fired over from 15 yards. A Carnoustie attack looked promising when a good passing movement between M. Scott and Dailly produced a good cross, but it was well held by Renton.
They then won a corner off Deland with Webster’s kick causing panic in the star box and twice the ball was cleared off the line and a loud appeal for a handball was also denied by the referee.
The Gowfers had Star on the back foot and in 56 minutes drew level when M. Scott was fouled in the box by Tolmie. WEBSTER gave Renton no chance with his spot kick.
In 57 minutes Noble was booked for a foul on Black and Carnoustie kept the pressure up and won a corner off Deland which was taken by Webster, but finally cleared after a scramble in the box.
Disaster struck Carnoustie in 60 minutes when a drive by Jamieson was blocked by Robertson and the ball struck his arm which he was holding across his body. The referee was quick to award a penalty and pull out the red card even though Robertson was unable to get out of the way of the initial shot. That was a game changing moment with Robertson trooping off and CHERRIE hammering the penalty past Macpherson.
Carnoustie tried to settle and Dunn fouled McIlravey 30 yards out, but Webster’s kick was cleared by Swaney. The visitors were struggling after the upset and went further behind in 70 minutes when Jamieson burst down the right and laid the ball across for TANSEY to tap in.
A minute later Tansey tried to return the favour by playing Jamieson in, but his ball was too strong and went out the far side. In 73 minutes Star replaced King and Tansey with Forster and O’Reilly and they went further ahead two minutes later when Cropley’s corner kick found DUNN on his own in the six-yard box and he scored with a powerful header.
In 76 minutes Webster was booked for a foul on Cropley and a minute later Swaney was replaced by McMannus. Then Noble was booked for a foul on M. Scott and departed the game after his second booking, but it didn’t make much diference.
Star piled on the agony and scored a fifth when the Carnoustie defence was caught square and JAMIESON went right through and slotted past Macpherson for his second.
At the death Cherrie had a try at gettting on the score sheet for Star, but shot well past from 30 yards.
Newtongrange Star – Renton, Swaney (McMannus 77), Deland, Tolmie, Dunn, Noble, Cropley, Cherrie, Jamieson, King (Forster 73), Tansey (O’Reilly 73). Substitutes not used – Kerr, Amos (GK).
Carnoustie Panmure – Macpherson, Myles, Buggins, Millar, Robertson, Roberts (Bews 40), Webster, Black, Dailly, McIlravey, M. Scott. Substitutes not used: Cook, L. Scott, Perera, Allardyce (GK).
After their defeat at the hands of table-toppers, Newtongrange Star, Gowfers’ manager Alan McSkimming will be keen to get his lads back on track when they play host tomorrow (Saturday), to Ballingry Rovers in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
This game could be termed a six-pointer, with the Fifers lying just three points behind the Gowfers who will be keen to increase that gap and at the same time avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered down at Ore Park back in November.
The match gets underway at the slightly later time of 2.30 p.m.
P W L D F A Pts
Star 20 16 3 1 49 23 49
Bo’ness Utd 18 14 3 1 51 19 43
Bonnyrigg 21 10 3 8 40 18 38
Linlithgow 18 11 4 3 39 24 36
Broxburn Ath 23 10 8 5 35 41 35
Hill o’ Beath 18 9 5 4 42 27 31
Camelon 14 9 2 3 25 12 30
Musselburgh 20 6 8 6 36 38 24
Sauchie 18 7 9 2 30 28 23
Lochee 18 7 10 1 32 41 22
Armadale 20 6 12 2 27 40 20
Kelty 23 4 11 8 30 46 20
Carnoustie 16 6 9 1 26 36 19
Ballingry 19 4 11 4 20 45 16
St Andrews 17 1 10 6 24 41 9
Tayport 19 1 13 5 20 44 8