SCOTTISH CUP JOY FOR CARNOUSTIE

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Carnoustie Panmure had to endure a nightmare journey to Hawick Royal Albert for their Scottish Cup Preliminary Round Replay following a serious accident on the Edinburgh Southern Bypass, but it didn’t stop The Gowfers joining Midlands League colleagues Lochee United in the First Round.

Manager Phil McGuire was forced into one change with Arran Leiper coming in to the starting XI replacing Ross Fraser who is out for a number of weeks with a fractured wrist while Bailey Steel returned with Kieran McWalter dropping to the bench.

The Gowfers may have had nearly five hours on a bus but they started the game on the front foot, dominated their EOSL Second Division opponents and took a deserved lead after 19 minutes when a pin point free kick on the left from Jamie Winter found the head of Pat Martin, who gave the keeper no chance to put Carnoustie in front.

Despite their domination of the game it wasn’t until the 66th minute that The Gowfers extended their lead, a Carnoustie attack was recycled and Ryan Dignan found Jamie Winter 25 yards from goal and in typical fashion he struck an arrow like shot into the bottom corner, once again giving the keeper no chance. The icing on the cake came on 90 minutes, Winter this time was the architect as his delicate flick over the defence fed substitute Dale Reid who crashed the ball home from a narrow angle.

The result meant it was a lively bus that made its way back north, slightly quicker than it had come down and The Gowfers now prepare to take on Highland League side Rothes in the First Round on Saturday 17th September

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