Carnoustie Panmure 0 – 1 Newtongrange Star

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In a tightly contested game Alan McSkimming kept changes to a minimum from last week’s match.

Newtongrange started sharper and had the majority of the early chances with a shot over the bar after 6 minutes and one just wide after 20 minutes.

Their early pressure paid off when in the 26th minute Roberts fouled in the middle of the park. The referee played advantage and a good passing move ended with Kris Renton putting the ball past Macpherson in the Carnoustie goal.

Almost immediately Black had the chance to pull one back for The Gowfers with his shot from the edge being saved by the Newtongrange keeper.

Carnoustie were gradually coming more and more into the game and pushing Newtongrange back four deeper and deeper.

Five minutes before the half time break Smith made a great run down the left, where cut the ball back toMcIIravey who shot directly at the keeper from 6 yards, which was a missed opportunity to get back on levels terms before the half time whistle.

Half time

Carnoustie Panmure 0

Newtongrange Star 1

On the hour mark Newtongrange had the chance to double their lead but the shot from the edge of the box went wide of the Carnoustie goal.

In the 65 minute Newtongrange were reduced to 10 men after a straight red for Murray following a terrible challenge on Black, leaving the referee with no option but to dismiss the player.

Carnoustie proceeded to pepper the Newtongrange goal with waves of attacks and shots on goal trying to make their man advantage count, and it look lik it was only a matter of time before one came.

In the 70 minute McIlravey squared the ball to McCabe who’s shot rattled off the post from 20 yards. Two minutes later Smith again got to the by line and delivered a teasing ball across the face of the Newtongrange goal needing only the slightest of touches to go in however nobody managed to get the required touch.

Carnoustie look like equalising in 73rd minute when McIIravey beat his man and delivered an inch perfect cross to the back post where Scott just need to guided a header into an open goal but to Carnoustie players dismay it narrow clipped the outside of the post.

With 10 minutes left on the clock Roberts tried to burst the net from 25 yards out however the Newtongrange keeper pulled off an incredible save putting the ball behind for a corner. Shortly after it was 10v10 when Roberts received his second yellow of the game and was issued a red card.

In the dying minutes of the game Carnoustie had the best chance to equalise when McIlravey crossed to MacDonald who headed over from 6 yards when it looked easier to score.

Shortly after the referee blew for full time with Carnoustie suffering only their second home defeat of the league campaign. However they could and should have left the game with the minimum of a point and must now turn their attention to the holy grail of Scottish Junior Football with an away trip to Colony Park in the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday


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