Carnoustie Panmure 1, Bonnyrigg Rose 3
On Saturday the Gowfers welcomed Bonnyrigg Rose to Laing Park for a McBookie.com East Superleague tie.
Manager Alan McSkimming brought Liam Scott and Mike McIlravey into the starting XI, with bench spots going to Marc Scott, Kevin Milne, Rori Bews, Duncan Reid and ‘keeper Neal Ferrie.
Carnoustie kicked off with a strong wind in their favour, but Ring took possession and played the ball through to Archibald, who was pulled up for offside. Perera then played a fine ball through to Dailly, whose shot struck the bar, but the official had already flagged for offside.
Gemmell then created a chance for Renton, but his shot was straight at Macpherson. A minute later Rose made loud appeals for a penalty when L. Scott and Little clashed in the box, but the referee waved their claims away.
McIlravey played a great ball through to Dailly, but he lost control and fluffed his shot. Black then fed a fine ball through to Perera, but his shot was weak and easily gathered by Hay. A cross by Archibald caused concern in the Gowfer’s box and was turned out for a corner by Millar, with the kick being headed clear by Cook.
Rose won another corner, this time off Black, but Murray’s kick was cleared by Buggins. In 21 minutes L. Scott was booked for kicking the ball away after fouling Burrell, and a few minutes later Renton created a chance for Gray to shoot at the far post, but again Buggins made a great block at the post to clear the danger.
In 27 minutes, Rose took the lead when a deep cross by Ring from the right was played back across the six-yard box by Renton and ARCHIBALD had the easy task of shooting home from close range.
This knocked the stuffing out of Carnoustie, and slack defending five minutes later saw them go further behind when Gray won a corner off Myles and Murray’s kick to the back post was again knocked back across the box and ARCHIBALD was unmarked to head past Macpherson.
In 39 minutes, Roberts was booked for a foul on Murray. The Gowfers had another chance to pull one back when a long, high ball by Myles was dropped by Hay, but none of the Carnoustie forwards could take advantage.
Then, after White had fouled Dailly 35 yards out, McIlravey’s free-kick was headed past by Perera. Another free-kick, 40 yards out this time by Black, was cleared by Horn. Right on half-time Carnoustie had loud appeals for a hand ball in the box, off White, but the referee waved away the claims.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Bonnyrigg Rose 2.
Roberts tried to make a bright start to the second half, but his 30-yard effort was wide off the target. Cook and Ring had a bit of a tussle in midfield and received lectures from the referee.
Rose then had three chances to extend their lead when firstly Archibald passed a good ball through to Renton, but he shot straight at Macpherson, then Ring burst clear into the Carnoustie box and should have scored, but he shot wide.
In 68 minutes, Myles was replaced by M. Scott and a few minutes later a Dailly cross was played out for a corner by Horn, but McIlravey’s kick was too strong and carried through to the far side for a throw to Rose.
Five minutes later, Gowfers made their second change when Perera was replaced by Milne, and a minute after that Rose went three up when GRAY ran through a static Carnoustie defence and slotted past Macpherson.
Carnoustie pulled one back in 76 minutes when M. Scott played MILNE into the corner of the box on the left and he fired a great drive across the keeper and into the top corner of the net.
In 83 minutes, Dailly was replaced by Bews for the Gowfers’ third change. A free-kick for Carnoustie, on the right of the box, gave the support a glimmer of hope, but McIlravey’s kick was headed past by Millar.
Gray was replaced by Roseburgh and just on the whistle a Cook cross, from the left, was blocked for a corner off Archibald, but McIlravey’s kick was cleared by Burrell.
Carnoustie Panmure: Macpherson, Myles (M. Scott 68), Buggins, Millar, L. Scott, Roberts, Cook, Black, Perera (Milne 73), Dailly (Bews 83), McIlravey. Subs not used: Reid, Ferrie (GK).
After three home games on the trot, the Gowfers are again on their travels, heading this time for Volunteer Park and a meeting with Armadale Thistle in the McBookie.com East Superleague.
With the Gowfers having lost their tie against Bonnyrigg and Ballingry winning, Alan McSkimming’s men have dropped to 14th in the table, which is the play-off spot, so if ever a game could be described as a six pointer then this is it.
Tomorrow’s match gets underway at 2.30 p.m.
McBookie.com East Superleague
Results: Bo’ness United 3, Tayport 0; St Andrews United 0, Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1; Ballingry Rovers 2, Armadale Thistle 1; Carnoustie Panmure 1, Bonnyrigg Rose 3; Sauchie Juniors 5, Broxburn Athletic 2; Musselburgh Athletic 4, Lochee United 2; Linlithgow Rose 2, Newtongrange Star 0.
P W L D F A Pts
Bo’ness United 22 17 4 1 61 24 52
Newtongrange 26 17 8 1 55 30 52
Bonnyrigg Rose 26 14 3 9 50 22 51
Linlithgow Rose 23 15 4 4 49 27 49
Broxburn Athletic 28 14 9 5 49 51 47
Hill of Beath 20 11 5 4 47 28 37
Sauchie Juniors 22 10 9 3 44 33 33
Musselburgh 25 9 10 6 44 44 33
Lochee United 23 10 12 1 43 51 31
Camelon Juniors 14 9 2 3 25 12 30
Kelty Hearts 27 5 12 10 36 51 25
Ballingry Rov 24 6 13 5 2 5 55 23
Armadale Thistle 27 7 18 2 30 57 23
Carnoustie 22 6 14 2 32 49 20
St Andrews 23 2 14 7 30 54 13
Tayport 24 1 16 7 26 55 10