Gowfers have chance to cause Bonnyrigg ‘upset’

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It was a win by hook or by crook for Gowfers’ boss Alan McSkimming as a penalty shootout propelled his side into the third round of the DJ Laing Cup.

Victory was the only requirement according to the gaffer. He said: “We spoke to the players before the game and explained that the objective was to get into the next round. I think we are all relieved to get through. I think for us the park wasn’t in the best condition, it was a wee field, so conditions were not what we are used to playing in and there were no linesmen, just a referee. It took the lads 30 odd minutes to get into the game and it showed when we went down a goal in that time, but we adapted as the game went on and over the piece we deserved to get through.

“Penalties can be a bit of a lottery at times and it’s not something we work on much, but in fairness to the boys when we went to penalties people put their names in for it straight away showing their confidence. We were really clinical and that was good to see.

“We tried to stick to what we do best and the most important thing is that we are through to the next round of the cup and we have an opportunity for a home tie against Bathgate.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Carnoustie host a lacklustre Bonnyrigg Rose in a return to the league. Alan said: “We’ve played plenty matches this season and out of those Bonnyrigg Rose are probably the best team we’ve played. There’s been some changes at their club so there’s an opportunity to cause them an upset and we’ll be looking to do that.

“I think we’ve been playing excellently recently and we’ve been playing big teams and at times been punching above our weight, but we are doing things the right way.”