PANNY KILL OF THE ROSE
Carnoustie travelled to Linlithgow Rose at the weekend on the back of one defeat in ten league games and with the hosts having won just one in the last six, they ventured south confident that a result could be achieved.
Manager Alan McSkimming made five changes to the side that had beaten Islavale at home and gave a debut to loan signing Murray Mackintosh in the middle of the park.
The homeside had just about edged a tight first half and but for a brilliant goal line clearance from Danny Miller from Tommy Coyne would already have been behind when they went in front on the stroke of half time from a Colin Leiper header.
The second half was a different story as Carnoustie high intensity play began to take its toll on the home side. It was no surprise when Gordon Macdonald smashed home a free kick on the hour mark after Sam Simpson had been tripped on the edge of the box. Macdonald then hit the winner with ten minutes to go, receiving the ball from Jamie McCabe, beating his man before shooting in to the bottom corner of Darren Hill’s net.
A tremendous performance from the boys with special mentions to the back five of Alan Cormack, Ewan Buggins, Danny Millar, Adam Harwood and skipper Steven Cook as well as the “midfield enforcers”, Luke McGeehan and Murray MacKintosh. In truth every member of the side put in a shift and deserved the plaudits of victory.
The win gave Carnoustie their first double of Linlithgow and their first victory at Prestonfield in 10 attempts, As well as becoming only the third side to do the double over Linlithgow in four seasons, the other two being Kelty and Bo’ness United in 2014/15