HEARN STRIKE GIVES GOWFERS THREE POINTS

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Tayport 1 Carnoustie Panmure 2

A typically competitive affair at The Canniepairt ended with the three points heading back over the Tay Bridge to Laing Park after The Gowfers won 2-1.

Carnoustie boss Phil McGuire made just one change to the starting XI that beat Dundee Violet with Bruce Hearn coming in for Robert Smith, Brian Clark returned to the squad and took a place on the bench

As is usual in clashes with Tayport, the game started at 100 miles an hour but it was Carnoustie that took early control and as a result took the lead on 9 minutes. A corner from the right was met by skipper Ryan Roche whose thumping header gave Gary Thain little chance.

Some of the officials decisions in the first half left both sides bewildered and resulted in tempers getting a little raised but with no further scoring, the sides went in at half time with The Gowfers in front.

The second half started in a similar manner to the first at a fast past and it was Carnoustie who increased their advantage on the hour mark, terrific work on the left saw Bruce Hearn set off on a run and as the wing back cut back on to his right foot curled a shot from 20 yards in to the far corner of Thain’s net. Tayport were stunned and threatened to pull a goal back but the excellent Gowfers defence stood firm until the 88th minute when for Carnoustie man Jamie McCabe headed in at the back post from a corner.

The home side looked to push for an equaliser but Carnoustie comfortably held out to take their fourth win from four games that sees them sitting top of the Midlands League table, two points ahead of Forfar West End who beat Dundee St James at Strathmore Park and Lochee United who also have a 100% record from their three games after they won 2-0 at Lochee Harp.

Carnoustie Panmure Man of The Match was Bruce Hearn

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