MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AS GOWFERS PROGRESS

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It was a case of job done as Carnoustie progressed to the Second Round of the GA Engineering Cup after a 3-1 win at home to Scone Thistle.

The Gowfers were forced to field a makeshift back four due to injury and suspension and started the game with Bailey Steel at right back and Steven Cook partnering Ewan Buggins at the centre of the defence.

The home side started brightly with Pat Martin looking particularly lively and he saw two efforts come back off the woodwork before Referee, Willie Ferguson adjudged that Paddy Conway had been pushed and pointed to the spot on 18 minutes. Sam Simpson stepped up, sent David Winton the wrong way and put Carnoustie in front.

The visitors were in no mood to give up without a fight and Jamie Ayton was a particular thorn in the side as he proved to be a handful for Cook and Buggins. Carnoustie eventually managed to double their advantage when Ryan Dignan nodded home a great Simpson cross on 56 minutes but the visitors came back and pulled one back with eight minutes remaining when Fraser Morrison was on hand to turn the ball home past Alan Cormack. That set up a nervy last few minutes until Dignan once more capped off a great Carnoustie move to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.

Not a vintage Carnoustie performance but the priority was a place in the next round and that was duly accomplished.

Man Of the Match was Captain Steven Cook who started off at centre half before moving to his more familiar left back role but never stopped driving his side on.

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

Subs Not used : Paterson, Robbie

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