CARNOUSTIE Panmure were back in the Lothians on Saturday to meet Camelon Juniors in an ACA Sports East Super League match.
Manager Ian Gilzean, made two changes to the side that lost out to Musselburgh Athletic, the previous week, with Mark Matthew and Craig Bell, signed, on loan, from Dundee United during the week, both on from the start. Steven Narey and John Tonner dropped to the bench, alongside Shaun McLaren.
Camelon kicked off and immediately went on the offensive with a dangerous cross from Young, but Hendry was on hand to clear. The same player came to Carnoustie’s rescue two minutes later when Allison put Batchelor through, but Hendry put in a good tackle and blasted the ball downfield.
The homesters were putting Carnoustie under a lot of pressure, with first Batchelor sending Allison through, but Millar got back to clear, then a great cross from Young found Allison, but he sent his header over the bar.
In 17 minutes the homesters were awarded a free-kick, midway inside the Gowfers’ half when Robertson fouled Donaldson. Batchelor sent in a fierce shot which McCafferty did well to stop.
At the other end Perera sent Milne through but a great interception by Cringean, cleared the danger. The play was now flowing from end to end, with a free-kick from Clark to Gates at the back post taken well by Hogarth, who then cleared well into the visitors’ half where Hendry just managed to get in front of Donaldson, to clear the danger. Millar picked up the loose ball and fed it through towards Milne, but McGown just managed to nip in and clear.
Back came the Mariners, but C. Bell did well to clear when Donaldson sent in a dangerous cross to Young. Allison picked up the loose ball and drilled in a low shot which was deflected behind by Matthew. C. Bell then did well to clear, when Fullerton’s through ball found Donaldson.
Carnoustie’s Roberts came close with a shot from a tight angle which just went over the bar. In 40 minutes Clark was rather harshly shown a yellow card after the ball hit him on the arm and the referee decided it was deliberate.
Just before half-time, McCafferty was the hero again, after Matthew brought down Batchelor in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. McGown took the penalty, but McCafferty threw himself to his left, to make a great save.
Half-time: Camelon Juniors 0, Carnoustie Panmure 0.
The Gowfers got the second half under way, but it was the Mariners who were first to attack and Hendry had to look smart to clear a Young cross into the Carnoustie box.
On the hour mark, the homesters twice came close to opening the scoring. First a rocket shot by Ure was blocked by Robertson, but the ball fell to Donaldson who sent in a great shot only to see it come back off the post.
Two minutes later, McCafferty did well to save a powerful header after a Ure free-kick found Young at the back post. In 67 minutes Milne became the second Carnoustie player to be shown yellow after a clash with Young.
The Mariners took a controversial lead two minutes later. The Gowfers’ players thought a ball down the left touchline had gone out and hesitated, but with no throw-in indicated by the referee’s assistant, Kerr put in a deep cross which came back off the post to YOUNG who forced it home.
In 74 minutes the Gowfers had a half-chance to level the scoring when Milne fired in a low shot which Hogarth saved with his legs and B. Bell thumped away to safety. A minute later, Carnoustie were down to 10 men when Hendry was shown a straight red for denying Batchelor a scoring opportunity. Ure took the free-kick and fired in a fierce shot, which brought out a great save from McCafferty.
With 10 minutes remaining, McLaren was brought on to replace Milne. Two minutes later, Young was put through by Kerr but C. Bell made a great saving tackle to deny him.
In 85 minutes, the homesters made their second change, replacing Donaldson with Shirra, and Carnoustie made their third, with Tonner coming on for C. Bell.
With just a minute left, Camelon doubled their lead. YOUNG picked up a loose ball, cut inside to the edge of the box and drilled a low shot just inside McCafferty’s left post. Before the restart, the homesters replaced goal-scorer Young with Graham.
Carnoustie had the last chance of the game from a Clark corner, but Hogarth took the ball well and as he thumped it downfield the referee brought another unhappy afternoon for the Gowfers, to an end.
Camelon Juniors: Hogarth, B. Bell, Fullerton, McGown, Cringean, Gillespie, Batchelor, Ure, Allison (Kerr 56), Donaldson (Shirra 85), Young (Graham 90). Substitutes not used; Knox, Desmond, McAfferty, Watson (goalkeeper).
Carnoustie Panmure: McCafferty, Matthew (Narey 51), Hendry, Millar, C. Bell (Tonner 87), Roberts, Robertson, Clark, Perera, Milne (McLaren 80), Gates.
Referee: Mr. Paul Reid, Edinburgh.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are away again, this time in the third round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup where they face St Andrews United at Recreation Park. The last time the pair met in the National competition was in 1996, in the second round, when Carnoustie scored six without reply. Since then, however, they have met three times in the league, with the Fifers winning all three, so if Carnoustie are to progress in the competition they will have to up their game, somewhat.
Tomorrow’s tie is due to start at 1.45 p.m., with a replay at Laing Park the following week if the score is level after 90 minutes.
The supporters’ club bus leaves the Stag’s Head at 11.30 a.m.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Hill of Beath 10 5 1 4 24 12 19
Bonnyrigg Rose 8 5 1 2 21 10 17
Camelon 9 5 3 1 16 14 16
Linlithgow Rose 8 4 3 1 17 14 13
Bathgate Thistle 11 3 3 5 19 20 14
Musselburgh 10 3 4 3 28 26 12
Kelty Hearts 7 3 2 2 11 10 11
St Andrews 10 3 5 2 18 24 11
Bo’ness United 6 3 2 1 15 6 10
Lochee United 9 2 5 2 20 21 8
Carn Panmure 7 1 4 2 8 16 5
Forfar WE 4 0 4 0 1 25 0