Broughty Athletic scraped into the second round of the GA Engineering Cup with a below par performance against a rejuvenated Tayport side to the one that lost 4-2 the last time the sides met.
It was the home side that started the better of the two teams, pressing The Fed on the back foot and on 17 minutes they took a deserved lead. A free-kick swung into the box, Broughty players stood their ground only for a Tayport player to nip in and header past Iain Ross, despite getting his hands to it, and into the net, 1-0. Tayport should have doubled their lead on 26 minutes, but Ross saved well when a goal looked certain. 29 minutes on the clock and Broughty’s Douglas Cameron saw his clearance skim past the Broughty goal and out for a corner.
Then on 31 minutes Broughty equalized with a freak goal courtesy of Paul Mclellan. A long ball was played by Stewart McConnachie, with the Port keeper rushing out towards Mclellan and his chasing defender, the keeper struck the ball off Mclellan, it rebounded into his path on the edge of the box and he slotted home into an empty net, 1-1.
Another chance for the home side to score again was missed as the ball was sliced across Broughty’s goaline with no Tayport players to slot home. Winter also cleared off the Broughty goal-line with a header when a goal looked certain minutes before halftime. H/T 1-1.
The second half was barely a minute old when Broughty striker Kevin Buchan slotted home a well-taken goal after Cameron fed him through from the left side, 1-2. 55 minutes Broughty keeper Iain Ross was to the rescue again, this time saving with his foot following a shot, one on one. 62 minutes Broughty thought they’d extended their lead, but McConnachie was ruled offside from Lawson’s pass. Three minutes later Mclellan lobbed the Port keeper after beating the offside trap but his effort landed on top of the goal net rather than in it. 70 minutes on the clock and it was Jamie Winter’s turn with a 25-yard effort from the edge of the box, but it was blocked well.
Then in the dying minutes of a feisty encounter between both sets of players, Tayport were reduced to 10 men and it was Broughty that went into the hat for the next round draw and thus securing back to back victories for the first time this season in all competitions.