Before kick off against Lochee Harp at New Beechwood Park, Carnoustie Panmure’s goal difference was 18 goals worse than that of league leaders Dundee East Craigie. When the game ended, a little after 8.30, that difference was down to just three goals as The Gowfers thrashed Harp by a record 15-0, the previous record being a Scottish Junior Cup win by 14-1 at Rothes Decimals.
Gowfers leading scorer Dale Reid scored a hat trick in each half while strike partner Ryan Dignan also scored a hat trick. Connor Coupe scored twice with the other goals coming from Ryan Suttie, skipper Ryan Roche, Gordon Macdonald and Pat Martin. It would have been an even bigger score-line had it not been for young Harp keeper Joe Flynn who pulled off a string of brilliant saves to deny a rampant Carnoustie.
After the game Manager Phil McGuire said “Going into the game we didn’t know too much about Harp, after what has happened recently, and I must give them credit because, despite the score-line, they looked to pass and play all night and kept competing throughout the game. I asked our players to give us 90 minutes of high intensity, demand of each other and always ask the question, how can I contribute more to the team.”
“The pleasing factor was that we got that in abundance and used the whole squad in the game which is vital for the run in and juggling any suspensions, strains etc we have. The boys were relentless throughout and scored some brilliant goals during the game, they played with such a tempo it was difficult to match.”
I must pass on special praise to young Joe Flynn in the Harp goal, despite the score-line, he had probably six or seven absolutely outstanding saves during the game which actually left us in awe and was my Man of the Match.”