Broughty Athletic secured all three points at Prestonfield Park with a fine 2-1 over Linlithgow Rose today in the opening Super League fixture of the new season.
Broughty went into this game full of confidence and believed with the squad they have they could at least come home with a point or more and they certainly did that. Jay Smart partnered Ryan Suttie in the centre of defence, and there were debuts for James Collier, Ross McCord, Danny Cavanagh and Ryan Blair. Missing through injury were Grant Lawson, Frankie Lannen and Jamie Sime.
Despite Linlithgow having the majority of possession in the first half they never really troubled the Fed throughout the first 45 minutes of the game. 9mins on the clock and it was the home side to go close with a shot from the edge of the Broughty box going wide of Iain Ross’s post. On 18mins Ross McCord tried his luck but his long range effort went high over the bar. 21mins and Broughty went close, McCord’s cross found James Collier but he headed wide. 25mins on the clock and the home side went close shooting wide past the post. Then the final chance of the game fell to Danny Cavanagh who spun and shot wide. H/T 0-0.
The second half was 9mins old when Broughty were handed a farcical penalty. From a corner, Ryan Suttie headed over the bar under a challenge and out for a goal-kick only for the referee to blow for a penalty, due to a handball from the Linlithgow challenger to the ball. Up stepped Jamie McCunnie who slammed home, 0-1. 57mins and a mistake in the Broughty defence let in Tommy Coyne of Linlithgow but he shot over the bar high and wide.
Then on 72 mins Broughty doubled their lead courtesy of captain Jamie Winter, he collected the ball just inside the Rose half and headed goalwards down the left side, skipped past two players, made it into the Rose box and chipped it over the out-rushing keeper and into the back of the net(picture below),0-2.
More farcical scenes on 84mins when the Fed’s Ryan Suttie was shown a straight red card for handball on the goalline trying to stop the ball reaching the back of the net. Rose thought they had pulled a goal back after the ball did find the goal, but the match officials thought otherwise, awarding the home side a penalty despite the goal being scored and giving Suttie his marching orders. Tommy Coyne slotted home to set up a tense few final minutes,1-2.
Rose looked for the long ball into the box to try and find an equalizer but Broughty cleared each time comfortably and held on for a further 5mins of added on time to win the three points. F/T 1-2.
Summing up, Prestonfield Park is a hard place to go to and get anything from a game. Last season the home side were unbeaten at home all season, having won 11 games with 4 drawn. Possession wise first half Linlithgow dominated and Broughty kept them at bay and were never really troubled, dealt with everything that came the defence’s way. Second half and the Fed stepped up a gear and showed some great football and deservedly took a two-goal lead. Always going to be nervy come the final minutes after the Rose pulled a goal back but Broughty were calm and dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
Great win, deserved the three points and the whole team put in a great shift. Special mentions must go out to Ryan Suttie at centre-half along with Jay Smart, both lads dealt with everything on the ground and in the air and Ryan Blair at leftback, looks like he’s been playing Junior football for years despite joining from the amateur leagues. Brian Clark and debutant Danny Cavanagh both put in a superb display up front and dropping back to help out.
A new feature we will be doing after the match reports is picking a ‘Man of the Match’ from the Fed’s side, win lose or draw. Today, for rolling back the clock, dealing with every header that came his way, his organisation with the defence and all round great ninety minutes goes to Jay Smart, pictured right.
Match pictures will appear tomorrow in the ‘PHOTOS’ section of the website…