FOR THEIR second pre-season friendly, Carnoustie Panmure played host to a youthful Dundee United XI at Laing Park on Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Cumming was back from holiday and on from the start, while other returning holidaymakers Mike McIlravey, John Tonner and Josh Perera all found places on the bench where they were joined by John Roberts and two trialists, Stephen Hegarty and young local goalkeeper Charlie Smyth.
United kicked-off, playing towards the Barry end, and were first to show with R. Thomson sending a drive just wide from a tight angle.
In 17 minutes, Carnoustie were unlucky not to open the scoring when a Gates corner picked out Milne, who wheeled and drilled in a low shot, which Anderson stopped on the line.
Two minutes later, R. Ferguson made a great surging run through the middle for United. Smith then laid the ball off to Hawe, who tried a shot, but McCafferty brought off a fine save.
United continued to press and took the lead in 31 minutes. R. THOMSON took a pass just inside the box, turned Narey and flicked the ball over Millar’s head before driving it past McCafferty from eight yards.
In 40 minutes, the Gowfers came close to drawing level when Milne sent in a rocket shot from the edge of the area, but Anderson did well to get across and beat the ball away.
United then raced to the other end where R. Thomson cut the ball back from the bye-line to HAWE, who first-timed a shot past McCafferty, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Dundee United XI 2.
Before the restart Carnoustie made a couple of changes with Narey and S. Ferguson being replaced by Tonner and Hegarty.
In 50 minutes, Cook tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the box, but Anderson was equal to the task and had no trouble making the save. Next minute, the Gowfers made a third change with Perera replacing Milne.
Following the substitution, Carnoustie pushed forward once more and reduced the leeway in 52 minutes. Cumming fed a pass through to CLARK, who drove the ball home from 10 yards.
However, with an hour on the watch, the visitors regained their two-goal advantage. R. Thomson collected a loose ball in midfield and fed it through to R. FERGUSON, who made no mistake from 15 yards, thumping the ball into the roof of the net.
In 63 minutes R. Thomson ran on to a long through ball from Petrie and tried a low shot from the left-hand edge of the box, but McCafferty got down to make a great save, turning the ball round the left-hand post.
Carnoustie then made another double substitution with Cook and Hendry being replaced by McIlravey and Roberts.
United’s lead was cut to one in 73 minutes when CUMMING jinked his way past two players on the right before curling a fantastic shot high into the corner of the net past the despairing Anderson.
Before play restarted, United made a multiple change with Gauld, R. Ferguson, R. Thomson and Hawe making way for Campbell, Bell, Keen and Fraser.
In 77 minutes, there was further joy for the Gowfers when a Gates cross from the left found the unmarked CUMMING, who stabbed the ball past Anderson from eight yards for the equaliser.
The visitors made a further two changes in 81 minutes with Hay and G. Lundie replacing R. Lundie and Smith.
With the final whistle fast approaching, Carnoustie came close to snatching a winner when Gates took a pass from McIlravey and unleashed a rocket shot, which found only the side-netting with Anderson beaten.
Carnoustie Panmure - McCafferty, Narey, S. Ferguson, Millar, Robertson, Hendry, Cook, Cumming, Clark, Milne, Gates. Substitutes - Roberts, McIlravey, Tonner, Perera, Hegarty (T) and Smyth (T) gk.
Dundee United XI - Anderson, R. Lundie, Noble, Young, J. Thomson, Petrie, Gauld, R. Ferguson, R. Thomson, Smith, Hawe. Substitutes - Campbell, Bell, Keen, Fraser, G. Lundie, Hay and Easton (gk).
Referee - K. Graham, Perth.
A scheduled friendly against East of Scotland League outfit Edinburgh University at Laing Park tomorrow (Saturday) has been cancelled but Whitehill Welfare, who play in the same league, will provide the opposition instead. Kick off is at 2 p.m.
The season proper commences on Wednesday evening, August 3, when fellow Super League side Forfar West End will visit Laing Park in the preliminary stages of the D.J. Laing League Cup. Kick-off time is 7 p.m.
The Gowfers’ Supporters Club is planning to run buses to away fixtures again this season. New members are always welcome. Contact club secretary Ken Gourlay, 8 Primrose Street, Carnoustie, for more information.