Broughty Athletic ran out comfortable winners as they rattled five goals past visitors Brechin Vics without reply in this 2nd round East of Scotland Cup clash at Whitton Park. Broughty started with new loan signing Kevin Buchan upfront and what a debut it turned out for him.
On 2mins Grant Lawson fed Buchan but his low shot was blocked, but Stuart McConnachie slotted home the rebound, 1-0. Buchan should have doubled Broughty’s lead on 4mins after rounding the keeper, but he shot wide of the post. On 27mins Broughty did double their lead when Lawson played through Buchan and he slammed home, 2-0. 27mins on the clock and it was game over for the visitors as McConnachie was through on the keeper, he effort was saved, and Dougie Cameron was there to slot home, 3-0. several more chances came Broughty’s way before halftime, but saves and poor finishing prevented the scoreline being far higher than just the 3-0.
Second half Buchan had another chance to score on 53mins but Vics keeper saved well. Then on 56mins the visitors had their first effort on goal but it was well wide of Iain Ross’s goal. More chances came Broughty’s way, McConnachie on 74mins after fantastic one touch play throughout the midfield. Grant Lawson saw his long-range effort from the edge of the box tipped over the bar when a goal looked certain. More chances fell to Lee Sibanda and Jay Smart from corners, but both efforts were saved and cleared. 78mins Buchan doubled his tally with a long-range right-footed shot into the bottom corner, 4-0. Then in the last minute Lawson played in Sibanda on the right, he cut back for Kevin Buchan to tap home the fifth goal and complete his hat-trick for a comfortable 5-0 win.
Overall a very good performance from the home side who were never really troubled by Brechin Vics. Not one save really was made by Fed keeper Iain Ross. Defence looked in control throughout the match. Midfield passed the ball well with a few one touch moves throughout the middle. Grant Lawson was a provider laying on three of the goals and new loan signing Kevin Buchan with his hat-trick topped off a fine debut.
Great to see long-term absentee Jamie Sime return to the game, coming on a substitute with 15mins to go. Broughty next face Hill of Beath next Saturday at Whitton Park in the Super League.
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