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Sauchie 1 Carnoustie 0

Carnoustie travelled home from Sauchie not only how they didn’t take a point but also how they didn’t win the game after losing 1-0 to a  first half penalty.

The Gowfers were able to welcome back Derek Paterson to the heart of the defence but were without Steven Cook who hadn’t recovered from the injury that had forced him off at Longside. Bailey Steel moved to left back in place of Cook and Ewan Buggins moved to right back, Pat Martin was suspended.

The first half was a scrappy affair with neither side in the ascendency but that changed just before the half hour, a Sauchie attack wasn’t properly cleared and as Orru was moving away from goal, Paddy Conway was adjudged to have fouled the winger and the referee pointed to the spot. Conor Kelly made no mistake and the homeside were in front.

The second half was all Carnoustie with Sauchie struggling to get out of their half, however, a mixture of last ditch defending, missed chances and questionable decisions from the officials thwarted Carnoustie from getting back in to the game. Midway through the half Ryan Dignan was flattened by the keeper when clean through on goal but the assistant referee had his flag up for offside.

Despite it being a bad result there were several positives to be taken from the game including the return of Paterson and Luke McGeehan who replaced Sam Simpson after the winger had to be carried off with a bad ankle injury

Carnoustie : Cormack, Buggins, Steel, Gourlay, Paterson, Roberts, Urquhart, Conway (Walker), Dignan, McCabe, Simpson (McGeehan)

Man Of The Match : Barrie Gourlay

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