Broughty Athletic are through to the third round of the Scottish Cup after a 2-1 away win over hosts Johnstone Burgh courtesy of a late penalty converted by Jamie McCunnie.
Broughty were dealt a triple major blow when Brian Clark, Paul McLellan, and James Collier were ruled out through injury with only Collier making the trip as a named substitute. Jay Smart partnered Ryan Suttie in the heart of the defence, whilst Ross McCord was pushed up front alongside half fit Matty Adam.
On a very heavy Keanie Park surface, it was Broughty who cut out the first chance within the opening couple of minutes, Ross McCord shooting just over the crossbar from the edge of the box. 8mins on the clock and the deadlock was broken, Danny Cavanagh cutting inside with his 20yrd effort finding the back of the net, 0-1. Then on 13mins Broughty captain Jamie Winter’s 25yrd shot was heading for the top corner only to be saved well and out for a corner by the Burgh keeper. The resulting corner was swung in and despite a blatant handball and cries from the away side, no penalty was given. 60secs later Jamie Winter was fouled on the edge of the box but McCord’s free kick went inches wide of the far top corner.
The home side finally had a chance in the game, Fed keeper Iain Ross misjudging a throw in, only Ryan Blair was in the Broughty goal but the Burgh player shot high over the gaping goal, a let off for Broughty. 37mins Burgh had another brief chance during Broughty’s domination of the first half, a shot was deflected past the post for a corner. The final chance of the first half fell to McCord again, after great one touch play he found himself unmarked 10yrds from goal but his weak effort was easily saved, H/T 0-1.
The second half was only 2mins old when Kerr Hay shot just over the bar from 20yrds out. 2mins later he tried his luck again inside the penalty area but again his weak effort was easily saved when a goal looked certain. 53mins and Ryan Blair nearly opened his Fed account but his shot was saved by the outstretched hand of the home keeper after Cavanagh set him up for the shot. Matty Adam saw his effort saved by the keeper after Hay ran into the box and set him up on 59mins. Grant Lawson replaced Ross McCord at this point in the game.
Then on 65mins the home side finally got the equalizer they had deserved after pressing Broughty onto the back foot. A rare mistake by defender Jay Smart saw him lose possession near the corner flag, it was low crossed into the box and knocked past Ross in the goal, 1-1. Hay saw his shot from inside the box blocked then cleared on 68mins as Broughty looked to retake the lead. Then once again Adam was set up by Hay and from 6yrds out he just couldn’t put the ball in the net and it was cleared.
Then the winner came on 85mins courtesy of the penalty spot for the Fed. Ryan Blair was challenged 2 yards inside the box and brought down and the penalty was awarded despite protests from the home players and officials. Up stepped Jamie McCunnie to slam the ball into the back of the net despite the brave efforts from the home keeper and into the third round draw for the Fed. F/T 1-2.
Summing up, Broughty dominated the opening period and if not for some great goalkeeping they could have been three ahead at halftime at least on a pitch that was causing the majority of the players to slip and slide their way through the game. The second half Burgh pressed and caused some problems pushing the Fed deeper and deeper but the players dug in and got a result against a gritty determined west coast side.
Man of the Match for the Fed without a doubt goes to someone who teased and tormented the Burgh defence throughout the ninety minutes, was singled out for some rash challenges, had a couple of clear-cut chances on goal but just couldn’t find the net, and that is Kerr Hay.
Match action photos will appear in the ‘MATCH PHOTOS’ section early Sunday morning…