Gowfers Progress in DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup

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For the first round match in the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup, Alan McSkimming made no less than 6 changes to the previous weeks side with Alan Cormack making his first competitive start in the goals, Danny Millar coming back into defence, Luke McGeehan and Stuart Gersok lining up in midfield and Pat Smith leading the attack.

It only took 9 minutes for Carnoustie to take the lead when McCabe played a ball through to Scott out wide who delivered a low cross and STUART GERSOK slid in with a defender to score his first goal for the club.

Three minutes late they almost made it two when Smith flicked the ball over a Kinnoull defender and rolled the ball to McIlravey on the edge of the box who curled a shot with the outside of his foot but the keeper made easy work of the save.

Half way through the half everyone thought it was 2-0 when McGeehan swung in a cross with Gersok rising to head back towards the keeper, McCabe rose with the keeper and the ball ended in the back of the net but the referee deemed that McCabe had fouled the Kinnoull keeper.

Carnoustie Panmure 1 – 0 Kinnoull

At half time Carnoustie were forced into a change when Ryan Roche had to come off injured with Roddy Black replacing him.

Carnoustie started the second half sharp and almost doubled the lead when McIlravey crossed to McCabe but the shot was wide of the target.

In the 50th minute Carnoustie had the ball in the net again when McIlravey swung in a freekick which Smith volleyed in, however the referee blew for a foul and booked Smith.

A couple of minutes late Smith almost scored when he latched onto a long ball over the top but his shot was just wide of the post.

Just after the hour mark Smith again tested the keeper again with a low hard shot just inside the box, but the Kinnoull keeper got down well to palm it wide.

With 8 minutes remaining Macdonald made a strong run down the left and cut in but as he was about to take his shot he slipped providing the fans with a comedy moment and Macdonald trudging back the pitch red faced.

With four minutes to go Kinnoull had their best chance of the game to equalise when a cross was headed at the back post but it didn’t test Cormack in the Carnoustie goal.

A minute later Carnoustie killed off the game when Gray done well wide and swung in a great cross for MARC SCOTT to rise and head past the Kinnoull keeper.

They kept pushing for more goals and it almost came when McIlravey layed the ball off to Cook who crossed into the box but Gray’s shot was put narrowly wide.

In the final minute of the game Scott swung a cross into the box and the ball deflected of a Kinnoull defender, but the Kinnoull keeper made a magnificent save to save his defenders blushes.

From the resulting corner Roberts took the ball short from the corner and tried a curling shot but the keeper palmed it over the bar.

Shortly after the referee blew for full time and The Gowfers progressed to the second round of the East of Scotland Cup

Carnoustie Panmure:
Cormack, Cook, Macdonald, Millar, Roche(Black), McGeehan(Roberts), Gersok, McCabe(Gray), Smith, Scott.

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