GOWFERS HIT WEST END FOR FOUR

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Carnoustie were comfortable 4-1 winners over Forfar West End at Laing Park on a night when two of their rivals in the Midlands League tasted defeat.

Gowfers boss Phil McGuire was forced into changes once again following an injury to Greg Warwick with Paddy Conway partnering Kieran Conway and Ryan Suttie at the back. Arran Leiper and Gordon Macdonald also came into the starting XI in place of Ryan Dignan and Pat Martin.

Carnoustie started well and took a deserved lead after 19 minutes, Gordon Macdonald pinched the ball off the West End keeper from a Sam Simpson cross before laying the ball back to Jamie Winter, who rifled the ball home from eight yards.

Seven minutes later and it was 2-0, the ball was bouncing around in the box and was adjudged to have struck a West End hand by referee, Jamie McCunnie who had no hesitance in pointing to the penalty spot, Sam Simpson stepping up to smash the ball into the back of the net.

Carnoustie added a third just after the half hour when a deep Ross Fraser cross was turned back across goal by the impressive Simpson and Gordon Macdonald had the simple task of stabbing the ball home.

The game continued after the break with Carnoustie on top and they added a fourth on 56 minutes, a long throw from Simpson was flicked on by Macdonald and although he was bundled over in the, the referee played the advantage with Fraser tapping the ball home at the back post.

West End pulled a goal back on 77 minutes when a long ball saw Brett clean through on goal and as Darren Clarkson came out, the West End man chipped the ball over the keeper and into the unguarded net.

Elsewhere in the Midlands League, Lochee United were somewhat surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Forfar United while Broughty Athletic were beaten 4-0 at Westview Park against Kirriemuir Thistle.

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