It started well for Carnoustie as they opened their 2016/17 Super League campaign when they took the lead after just 5 minutes, however, a much changed Newtongrange Star side were in no mood to start of with a defeat and eventually ran out 4-2 winners.
Panmure boss Alan McSkimming gave debuts to summer signings Jamie Robbie, Robert Urquhart and John Black while trialist central defender Craig Scrimgeour started alongside Danny Millar.
Carnoustie started brightly and at a high tempo and it was no surprise when Robert Urquhart rose at the back post to head the ball past Dodds in to the far corner. The lead lasted just ten minutes, a long ball through the middle found Errol Douglas, the big striker held off the defender to slot the ball past Robbie. As the first half progressed the visitors looked the most likely to go in front and sure enough, right on half time they did. Cropley seemed to go past Macdonald with ease and then appeared to go over the full backs outstretched leg and went down in the box. The officials had no hesitancy in awarding a spot kick and the Newtongrange man sent Robbie the wrong way to take the visitors in to the break 2-1 in front.
Carnoustie knew they had to start the second half well, unfortunately Newtongrange hadn’t read that page of the script and went further in front just seven minutes after the break. A corner was headed back across goal by Hamilton and Douglas was at the back post to knock the ball home. The visitors went further in front on the hour when O’Brien slotted the ball past Robbie after he wasn’t picked up by the Carnoustie defence. Panmure scored a second on 71 minutes when substitute Michael McIlravey, on for Sam Simpson, curled a great shot beyond Dodd. Despite increased pressure from Carnoustie and Newtongrange being very much on the back foot, further goals failed to materialise for McSkimmings side and they suffered a first day defeat.
A disappointing performance from Carnoustie who have struggled through a fragmented pre-season due to injuries carried over from last season, however, that is just one game down and there are 29 left to go and the only way is up
The Angus Trophy Centre Man Of The Match was debut man John Black.
Carnoustie : Robbie, Cook, Macdonald, Millar, Scrimgeour, Black J, Urquhart, Black R (Scott), McCabe (Smith), Gray, Simpson (McIlravey)
Subs Not Used : Cormack, Roche,