Two-goal lead lost as flooded Fifers launch comeback

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ON SATURDAY, Carnoustie Panmure were scheduled to face Thornton Hibs away in the ACA Sports East Premier League.

But a Friday inspection revealed the Fifers’ Memorial Park pitch awash, and East Region officials ordered that the match switch to Laing Park.

Gowfers’ manager Ian Gilzean made three changes to the side beaten by St Andrews United. ‘Keeper Craig Jamieson was unavailable and John McCafferty deputised. Also starting were Steven Narey and Scott Robertson, who replaced Steven Cook and Scott Gates.

Carnoustie attacked, but Tonner’s long ball was too strong for Milne and went right to ‘keeper Smith.

Carnoustie pushed forward and scored in five minutes. Narey fed a fine pass forward to MILNE, who controlled well before firing a shot across Smith into the corner of the net.

The lead was short-lived as within three minutes Thornton were level. Thomson’s 35-yard free kick was knocked down by Adam to MORGAN, who blasted home from close-in.

Thornton forced two corners, and from the second Thomson headed over from Adam’s cross. At the other end, Robertson again got his head to a Clark corner, but this time he was too high.

In 24 minutes, Morgan was booked for a foul on McIlravey.

Thornton got up their left and forced a corner, but Halley’s cross was punched away by McCafferty. The ball was quickly played back in and this time knocked behind for a corner by McCafferty, who required treatment to a hand before continuing.

In 35 minutes, Carnoustie regained the lead after McIlravey was sent clear by Perera and reached the by-line before crossing low and hard to CLARK, who bundled the ball home.

Three minutes later, the Gowfers doubled their advantage after Hendry was tripped by McGuire 25 yards out. MILNE’s free kick from out on the left cleared the wall and flew high into the net, giving Smith no chance.

Milne almost made it four after being put through by Roberts. He slipped the ball past the advancing ‘keeper only to see it go just wide of the post.

In 42 minutes, Robertson was booked for a foul on Thomson.

Carnoustie again came close when Perera got his head to a Narey free kick, but Smith saved well.

Thornton reduced the leeway when MORGAN shot home from a Halley cross. McCafferty got a hand to the ball, but was unable to prevent it hitting the back of the net.

Half-time: Thornton Hibs 2, Carnoustie Panmure 3.

Early in the second half, Carnoustie had a scare when a Thomson shot was turned on to the crossbar by McCafferty and the loose ball scrambled clear.

In 52 minutes, Carstairs and Milne clashed and both were yellow carded. The Gowfers made the first change, replacing Robertson with Cumming.

The substitute was quickly in action, unleashing a 15-yard drive, which was partially blocked and Smith saved.

Back came Thornton and a 30-yard shot by Halley flew narrowly over.

In 62 minutes, Walker was booked for dissent, then Roberts and Halley were cautioned following a tussle.

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