GOWFERS KICK-OFF IN STYLE
With Alan McSkimming having only Luke McGeehan missing due to holidays, he had the strongest pool available in a long time.
McSkimming gave competitive debuts to Gordon Macdonald, Jamie McCabe and Scott Gray, with other new boy Alan Cormack taking a place on the bench.
The Gowfers started sharp and only 2 minutes into the game there were screams for a penalty when McCabe played a ball over the top for Scott to run onto but the winger was sandwiched between 2 Musselburgh defenders. However referee Fordyce deemed there to be no claim for a penalty.
Carnoustie’s strong start paid off in the 5th minute when McCabe played a ball through for SCOTT GRAY for the striker to hammer the ball away for his first competitive goal for the club
On the 13th minute Musselburgh got the ball into the Panmure box and Millar mistimed his tackle, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. JACKIE MYLES stepped up to send Macpherson the wrong way with a low shot.
It only took Carnoustie 2 minutes to regain their one goal advantage when MARC SCOTT dribbled into the Musselburgh box and took a shot at the far post. The ball ran along the Musselburgh goal line and the linesman deemed it to have crossed the line without too much protest from the Musselburgh defence.
Carnoustie continued to dominate the game with a couple of long range shots from Roberts which the keeper felt with.
23 minutes into the game Musselburgh took a shot from a tight angle with was put behind for a corner. Said corner was cleared be Cook at the near post.
Carnoustie went on the counter attacking after some great linkup play between Gray and Scott resulted in a shot from McCabe was blocked Simpson hit the rebound which narrowly missed the target.
Carnoustie had an outstanding chance to increase their lead on the 36th minute when macdonald was fouled down in the corner. McCabe played in a dangerous freekick which Buggins rose to header off the bar and over for a goal kick.
CARNOUSTIE PANMURE 2-1 MUSSELBURGH ATHLETIC
At half time McSkimming was forced to make a change as Marc Scott, who had had a fitness test prior to the game, had to come off. He was replaced by Michael McIlravey.
The break hadn’t seemed to do Carnoustie any harm and they continued to dominate the game into the second half
McCabe played the ball wide to McIlravey who had Cook overlap and the ball was deflected by for a corner.
Simpson took the corner short to McCabe who swung a ball in but the keeper collected.
On the 49th minute Carnoustie won a freekick on the edge of the box for a foul on McCabe. He dusted himself down and took the freekick but it was straight into the wall.
5 minutes later Simpson whipped in a cross to JAMIE McCABE who fired past the Musselburgh keeper to make it 3-1 to the Gowfers.
Carnoustie continued to pile on the pressure and when the referee gave a foul for shirt pulling in the 65th minute, they took the freekick short. After a few short passes the ball was played out to McIlravey who crossed for SAM SIMPSON to hammer the ball past the keeper.
The Gowfers didn’t ease up and a few minutes later Gray tested the keeper again who saved well.
Shortly after Scott Gray made way for Pat Smith.
With 10 minutes left Musselburgh made a dangerous run into the box but Macdonald felt with it and cleared the ball
2 minutes later Daniel Neath replaced Sam Simpson.
Musselburgh appeared to come alive in the last 5 minutes with a shot that came back of the bar. Only for the rebound to be ballooned over.
They then tried to beat MacPherson at his post but the big keeper saved well with his feet
A minute from time skipper Cook almost gifted Musselburgh a consolation when a mix up between him and MacPherson almost resulted in an own game.
But it was Carnoustie who would have the last chances of the game with Smith having a stinging shot from wide in the box put wide by the Musselburgh keeper. Followed by a looping shot the keeper dealt with
The referee blew for full time to bring an excellent Carnoustie display to an end..
|08/08/2015||14:30||East Region Super League North||2015/16|