Carnoustie Panmure 2 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 2
On Saturday Carnoustie Panmure played host to Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the McBookie.com East Super League and not for the first time this season manager Alan McSkimming found himself extremely short-handed for the match.
Scott Robertson, Danny Millar, Euan Buggins and Marc Scott were all unavailable and Kev Cumming was serving the second of a four-game suspension.
Former Dundee United and Scotland defender Gary Kenneth was on from the start, playing his last game for the Gowfers before moving ‘down under’ hoping to kickstart his career with Adamstown Rosebud, near Newcastle, some 100 miles north of Sydney.
Bench spots went to Mike McIlravey, Pat Smith, trialist Ryan Roach and spare goalkeeper Chris MacPherson.
Both teams started brightly with play swinging from end to end, but it was Bonnyrigg who made the breakthrough after 15 minutes. KING latched on to a loose ball and rounded the advancing Ferrie before rolling the ball into the empty net.
In 20 minutes, Carnoustie had a half-chance to level matters when Simpson ran on to a pass from Black and tried a shot, but fired the ball well over the top.
Play continued to swing backwards and forwards with neither side able to find the net and the first period ended with no further scoring.
Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1.
After the restart, Carnoustie pushed forward and had several attempts to open their account, but Rose keeper Grant was able to deal with every threat without too much trouble.
Gradually, Rose began to come more into the game once more and seemed to have put the game beyond the Gowfer’s reach when they doubled their lead in 63 minutes. HISLOP ran on to a through ball from Stewart and despite loud appeals for offside from several Carnoustie players, he was allowed to run on and fired the ball past Ferrie.
At this point, the Gowfers were forced to make a double substitution with Roach and McIlravey going on to replace Roberts and Simpson, both of whom had taken knocks.
The Gowfers, to their credit, never gave up. BLACK pushed further up the park and this paid dividends in 77 minutes when, with his back to goal, he took a pass from Webster, spun round and hammered the ball past Grant from 10 yards, bringing the homesters back into the game.
The loss of this goal stung the visitors into action and they won several corner kicks, all of which were dealt with by the Gowfers’ defence.
With time running out, a long ball was played forward into the Bonnyrigg box and COOK nipped in to power a great header past the advancing Grant into the net.
Two minutes later, the referee brought proceedings to a close and the Gowfers had earned what could prove a very valuable point after a great comeback.
Carnoustie Panmure - Ferrie, Cook, Neath, Black, Kenneth, Webster, Bews, Roberts, McGeehan, Birmingham, Simpson. Substitutes - McIlravey, Smith, Roach (t) and MacPherson (gk).
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic - Grant, Woodburn, Archibald, Hoskins, Hamill, Beaton, King, Horne, Stewart, Court and Hislop.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie have another brief rest from trying to collect league points when they throw the welcome mat out to Bathgate Thistle for a game in the third round of the D.J. Laing East of Scotland Cup.
With the West Lothian club currently playing in the Premier League, it is some time since Thistle have visited Laing Park, that having been back on August 27, 2011, when the points were shared in a 2-2 draw when both clubs were in the Super League.
Later that same season, however, on April 14 2012 the Gowfers ran out comfortable 7-1 winners down at Creamery Park and Thistle were relegated to the Premier Division.
Tomorrow’s action is again scheduled to get under way at 2.30 p.m.
Lochee United 1, Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2; Kelty Hearts 4, Broxburn Athletic 1; Carnoustie Panmure 2, Bonnyrigg Rose 2; Armadale Thistle 1, Fauldhouse United 2; Musselburgh Athletic 2; Sauchie Juniors 2
P W D L F A Pts
Kelty Hearts 20 15 4 1 52 16 49
Bo’ness Utd 16 10 3 3 35 14 33
Newtongrange 14 10 3 1 30 12 33
Linlithgow 15 10 2 3 41 18 32
Penicuik 18 8 6 4 30 24 30
Musselburgh 15 7 3 5 27 25 24
Bonnyrigg 17 7 3 7 35 35 24
Hill of Beath 17 6 3 8 26 29 21
Sauchie Jun 17 5 5 7 20 35 20
Broxburn Ath 17 3 10 4 24 26 19
Fauldhouse 18 4 6 8 28 33 18
Camelon 18 4 4 10 20 35 16
Carnoustie 16 2 4 10 15 36 10
Armadale Thi 16 2 3 11 21 37 9
Lochee Utd 16 2 1 13 24 53 7
Ballingry Rvrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0