A vastly understrength Broughty side went down 5-0 at hosts Bonnyrigg Rose this afternoon.

With six first-team starters missing through either injury, suspension or holidays, not that that’s an excuse to be used, it certainly didn’t help the club today. The side that manager Jamie McCunnie put out were easily brushed aside by the soon to be Super League champions.

Missing were centre-half Gregor Anderson and midfielder Danny Cavanagh who both were on holiday, midfielders Kieran McWalter and Derryn Kesson who both were suspended and centre-half Graham Hay who was injured in the pre-match warm-up.

So in came Taylor Berry into the midfield, Liam McCartney up front alongside Kevin Milne, Fraser Smith deputised in the centre-half position and keeper John Sinclair kept his position in the goal. Paul McLellan made a rare appearance as he took a place on the bench alongside Chris Liversedge and keeper Chris McPherson.

The home side showed their intentions as early as the 5th minute when a free-kick just outside the box was deflected out for a corner. Liam McCartney was clean through and rounded the keeper but the farside linesman wrongly ruled him offside. 12mins another effort from the Rose, this time a 25yrd effort going wide of the goal.

But the deadlock was finally broken on 14mins when the Fed midfield lost possession, the ball was played in between the Rose attacker and Sinclair in the goal, both reached the ball at the same time but the nearside linesman flagged for a penalty after the Rose player dived after minimal contact despite several appeals from the Fed squad. The penalty was converted, 1-0.

Goal number two came on 21mins, a headed goal past Sinclair from a free-kick swung into the box, 2-0. Number three followed shortly after when a long ball beat Greig McNaughton and Sinclair was rounded and the ball was slotted home, 3-0. Three minutes later number four came, a cross from the right side was headed home in the box, 4-0.

The Fed’s only chance of the half was a rasping 20yrd volley from Jamie Winter which rattled the Rose crossbar and then was cleared. 60secs later Bonnyrigg broke upfield and tried to chip the ball into the net but Sinclair caught it well. Then on 42mins, the goalscoring was over thankfully when the Rose walked through a missing midfield and shot past Sinclair to make it 5-0.

The second half was a quieter affair but the Fed were reduced to 10 men following Ryan Blair’s sending off for two yellow cards for dissent within seconds of each card. Things looked like they were going to get worse but the Fed rallied together. 71mins Sinclair pulled off a great save with his foot when a goal looked certain. 75mins substitute Paul McLellan fed Brian Clark down the right side, he beat his two markers easily in the box on the byline, cut the ball back but Milne couldn’t convert the chance.

79mins another free-kick to the home side outside the box was deflected wide for a corner. 81mins Rose stroll through the Fed midfield once again but the shot come cross from the left side flew across the Broughty goal and out. 85mins and Broughty’s Kevin Milne tried an audacious effort from 25yrds out but it flew over the bar. The final chance fell to the home side, a cross from the right was headed wide of the Fed’s goalpost and then the final whistle blew. F/T 5-0

Summing up, a very bad day at the office for the Fed throughout the side. Excuses can’t be used for those players missing but being either away on holidays or suspended certainly didn’t help the cause. The side that was put out by the gaffer simply couldn’t compete with the potential league champions. The Fed suffered and were posted missing in the midfield as Rose took over. The defence tried their utmost to deal with wave after wave of attacks coming their way and not conceding any second-half goals then they deserve some credit, and Broughty’s frontline had no chance against an organised Rose backline.

Man of the Match for the Fed, midfielder Fraser Smith, acting as a centre-half for the day, as he battled away in the centre of the Broughty’s defence and showed desire and effort.

Team: Sinclair, McCunnie, Smith, McNaughton, Blair, Winter, Berry, McCartney, Milne, Garden, Clark.

Subs used: Liversedge on for Garden, McLellan on for McCartney.