POOR GOWFERS FAIL IN QUEST

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Carnoustie Panmure went out of the Quest Precision Engineering Cup at the Second Round stage after losing 3-2 to Dundee North End at Laing Park.

The visitors started well and Connor Macleod gave North End an early lead when he seized on a poor clearance by the Gowfers defence before outpacing the back line debut making Khaelem Watt in the Carnoustie goal did well to get a foot to Macleod’s shot but the ball went in to th far corner.

Carnoustie were level just six minutes later thanks to a great strike from Connor Coupe but the visitors restored their lead just before the half hour through Ryan Smith from a corner. Smith put North End further in front on seventy minutes when he glanced a second corner home but Carnoustie who were battling without inspiring, were back in it with seven to go, Dale Reid scoring from the spot after Ryan Dignan was tripped. In the aftermath the North End keeper appeared to be a little lucky to only receive a yellow card after appearing to kick out at Reid, much to the Gowfers supports surprise. The North end keeper was again at the centre of controversy with three minutes to go when he carried the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble but after appearing to award a goal, the referee awarded a free kick for an unseen foul on the North End keeper.

A disappointing performance from Carnoustie but if positives can be taken from the afternoon it is that no points were dropped in the Midland League and favourites for the title, Lochee United were held 0-0 by Forfar West End at home.

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