Broughty Athletic moved into second place in the Super League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over visitors Penicuik Athletic at Whitton Park today and in doing so secured their fourth league win in a row.
Back into the starting eleven came striker Matty Adam replacing Stewart McConnachie who was missing due to holidays. He partnered Danny Cavanagh upfront. Ryan Suttie and Jay Smart at the heart of the defence alongside Jamie McCunnie and Ryan Blair. Iain Ross was back between the goalposts after being rested last Saturday.
In a half of very few chances for either side, it was Broughty who tried their luck first on 10mins, Paul McLellan scuffing his shot high over the bar after Ryan Blair laid on the pass in the Penicuik box. Three minutes later Penicuik saw their corner swung into the box and half cleared, with a volley fired to the left-hand side of the goal but Iain Ross saved well. The game went back and forward in each other’s halves but nothing really to note as in chances, H/T 0-0.
The second half was only four minutes old when Brian Clark turned his markers inside and out and let fly a shot goalwards but it was saved. Then on 52mins the deadlock was finally broken, firstly a Broughty corner found Danny Cavanagh, his effort was saved and it fell to Jay Smart but his tame shot went the wrong side of the post and out for another corner. The resulting corner from Ross McCord was fired to the edge of the box where captain Jamie Winter was waiting unmarked and he lashed the ball into the bottom right corner, 1-0.
Iain Ross kept Broughty ahead on 65mins when he saved from a Penicuik effort from several yards out. On 69mins Broughty had to thank Ross again when he saved a shot after Penicuik were given too much space and charged down on goal. 76mins and Brian Clark saw his lobbed effort saved by the Penicuik keeper after a throw from Jamie McCunnie found him on the edge of the box.
There were farcical scenes in the dying minutes as the match official played several minutes of injury time but Broughty kept hold of the ball in the corner, ran down the clock and claimed their seventh Super League win out of nine. F/T 1-0.
Summing up, a decent first half from both sides, Penicuik were no pushovers and had a lot of possession but not clear cut chances. Same again second half, some great football on show from the home side who battled for everything and were rewarded with the three points and another clean sheet.
Man of the Match, yet again some names in the hat, Jay Smart for a commanding second half, Iain Ross in the goal for three fantastic saves, Brian Clark upfront for running the Penicuik defenders ragged at times, but for his 90 minute performance, especially the first half, battling for everything, winning the majority and giving his all it goes to defender Ryan Suttie.
Match photos available to view Sunday morning…