GOWFERS SLUMP TO EAGER SWIFTS

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CARNOUSTIE PANMURE 1 JEANFIELD SWIFTS 3

During the season there are games you could win and those you need to win and this afternoons clash with Jeanfield Swifts at Laing Park fell in to the latter, unfortunately for Alan McSkimming’s Gowfers, Jeanfield showed the desire needed to win the game, in the end quite comfortably.

Carnoustie were once more without three central defenders in Derek Paterson, Adam Harwood and Ryan Roche as well as full back Luke McGeehan and midfielder Jamie McCabe. Alan Cormack replaced Jamie Robbie, who is suffering from a groin injury. Such is the injury list Ethan Coupar was called up from the Under 17s and took a place on the bench.

Both sides started cautiously on a heavy surface and it was midway through the first half before either keeper was really troubled. On 42 minutes Carnoustie claimed they should have had a penalty when Ryan Dignan appeared to be fouled after he had released his shot but the referee waved away the claims. From the resultant goal kick, Jeanfield pressed and earned a corner. From the kick, the Carnoustie defence failed to pick up Daniel Kelly and the Jeanfield man netted at the back post unchallenged.

Carnoustie started the second half much brighter, doubtless after a half time rocket and pulled level on 68 minutes. A cross from Steven Cook fell to Ryan Dignan just inside the box, his shot on the turn beat Mark Mitchell and went in off the far post to level things up. However, the visitors were back in front on 77 minutes when Robbie Holden, who appeared to be well offside raced through to slot the ball past Alan Cormack. Three minutes later and it was 3-1 when a Kelly shot from a corner was deflected in to the net.

A very poor performance from Carnoustie and one that got exactly what was deserved. A much improved performance will be needed to avoids a banana skin next weekend at Longside in the Scottish Junior Cup

Carnoustie : Cormack, Steel, Cook, Buggins, Gourlay, Roberts, Walker (Urquhart), Conway, Dignan, Martin (Coupar), Simpson (Mair)

Subs Not Used : Robbie

Man Of The Match : Barrie Gourlay

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