Carnoustie Panmure couldn’t repeat last season’s victory at Whitton Park against Broughty Athletic instead The Gowfers went down 5-0 to Jamie McCunnie’s men although some of the goals were a touch fortunate.
Manager Phil McGuire replaced Jamie McCabe with Steven McPhee but it was otherwise the same side that had lost 4-1 at Kirriemuir Thistle.
The pitch had been passed fit on the morning of the game but was still heavy and with heavy rain falling the game began in difficult conditions. The home side took an early lead after just two minutes, Marc Scott freed Louis Appere on the left and his speculative cross was turned in to the net by a combination of Bailey Steel and Michael Cruickshank. On seven minutes Carnoustie had appeals for a penalty turned down after Cruickshank appeared to be pushed down by Hay but the referee was having none of it. Broughty extended their lead on 19 minutes, a through ball from Marc Scott was turned home by Appere although the loanee from Dundee United appeared to be in an offside position. On the stroke of half time the homeside went 3-0 in front, Scott was allowed far too much room before curling the ball in to the top corner.
There was no real improvement from Carnoustie after the break as playing conditions worsened and Broughty extended their lead on 68 minutes and it was another fortunate goal as Brad Smiths strike that appeared to be going wide was deflected in to the net by a Carnoustie defender. The fifth goal for The Fed came on 73 minutes as a mistake by Ryan Roche allowed Appere in to smash the ball in to the roof of the net.
Nowhere near good enough from Carnoustie who were once more undone by a team who just worked harder and earned their luck.