DERBY DAY WIN FOR THE GOWFERS

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The Gowfers made it seven wins on the bounce with a 2-0 victory over neighbours Broughty Athletic at Laing Park.

Manager Phil McGuire was forced into one change, Paul McLellan picked up an injury against Downfield and was replaced by Ryan Dignan, who made his first start since the opening day of the season while Ryan Suttie returned after being rested in midweek, Cammy McMahon dropped to the bench.

Carnoustie started well and took a deserved lead on 15 minutes, a quick free-kick from Jamie Winter found Ryan Dignan on the edge of the box, the striker played a deft flick past the defender and Dale Reid made it six goals in six games, clipping the ball past Sean Diamond.

Carnoustie continued to dominate the game and increased their lead on 31 minutes. Steven McPhee spotted apace on the left and took a quick free kick from inside his own half, once again that man Dignan, who was making his 100th appearance for the club, was on hand for the assist to Connor Coupe who, after escaping the attentions of the referee, curled a wonderful shot in to the far corner of Diamond’s net.

The visitors made changes at the break but Carnoustie were comfortably able to manage the game and the only threat to Jamie Robbie came on the hour mark when a ball from the right was flicked on by Skelly and Connor McLeod stabbed the ball towards goal but Robbie got down brilliantly to keep the ball out.

It was a game where Dale Reid and Connor Coupe took the headlines but the back three of skipper Ryan Roche, Ryan Suttie and Kieran Conway were excellent and the work rate throughout the team was at the highest level with Bailey Steel edging the MOM Award

Back Onside Man of the Match: Bailey Steel

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