Injury-hit Broughty Athletic drew 0-0 with visitors Bonnyrigg Rose at Whitton Park this afternoon in the Super League. The Fed were looking for a reaction following two recent defeats and the lads that played today put in a great shift all round.
A makeshift side was assembled by gaffer Jim Finlayson as he had three players out injured, Jamie McCunnie, Paul McLellan and Ryan Suttie, added to the list was striker Dayle Robertson who called off late this morning with sickness. Ryan Blair and Derryn Kesson were both suspended so in came Barry Myles, who hasn’t played for over four weeks at right back, Brian Clark started his first game in several weeks and Kieran McWalter started in the centre of the park. Kevin Milne and Stewart McConnachie were upfront and Graham Hay led the team out as he captained the side.
Things started very brightly at Whitton Park in the sunshine and Rose were first to have a chance on goal as early as the first minute but the shot sailed over the bar and out. Both sides had plenty of possession as the half wore on but without creating too many chances. On 22mins Iain Ross saved easily from a chance as a Rose corner was swung in. Two minutes later a fantastic run by left back Grieg McNaughton, playing a one-two with Kevin Milne, saw his effort tipped inches past the goalpost by the Rose keeper and out.
28mins and another Rose corner saw their effort go the wrong side of the post and out. 37mins another half chance from the visitors saw them race down the left side but the shot come cross hit the side netting. 60secs later Rose again bore down the right side, a shot was goalbound only for McNaughton to get the slightest of deflections and out for a corner. H/T 0-0.
The second half was only 4mins old when Broughty had a great chance to take the lead from a corner but Milne’s header flew over the bar. Bonnyrigg tried their luck twice just before the hour mark from 30yrds out but both efforts were well wide with one flying out of the park. Minutes later Broughty’s injury list worsened when Garry Kenneth had to go off injured and replaced by Chris Liversedge.
69mins and Milne tried again with a shot but it too was easily saved by the Rose keeper. 71mins and Rose were upping the pressure on the Broughty defence, another chance went by with Ross beaten in the goal but the ball flew across the goalmouth and out past the post. 75mins and again Broughty had a glorious chance. A freekick was swung into the box but missed by the heads of two Broughty players unchallenged, namely Hay and Liversedge. 81mins and Rose had a free kick 20yrds out but it flew out the ground and embedded itself in the garden of number 47. 82mins and Ross made another save, easily catching a 20yrd shot on goal.
As the ref added on 6mins injury-time, Rose were pushing up the park and were nearly caught out with the last chance of the game as Milne was put through one on one with the Rose keeper only to be flagged offside by the only one person in the ground that thought he was. F/T 0-0.
Summing up, looking at last season’s scoreline of 6-0 to the Rose and looking at Broughty’s injury list and suspensions some would have thought a bad day was ahead for the Fed. But the complete opposite happened today, the lads put in a superb shift as a team and were well worth their one point and could have stolen it at the end. Tremendous effort from the Ross in the goal and the back four of Kenneth, Hay, McNaughton and Myles who dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
Rose had more possession as the game wore on but just couldn’t break down a solid wall from Broughty. Screams of ‘playing for a draw’ and ‘parking the bus’ could be heard from the irate and loud Bonnyrigg fans and officials, but in reality, they had enough chances to snatch a 1-0 win but couldn’t get past a resilient and dogged Broughty back line and poor finishing. Some Broughty fans were disappointed it was more like two points dropped for the Fed.
Man of the Match for the Fed, hard one today, so many contenders, Hay, Myles, in the defence to Clark, McConnachie and Milne for never giving up, but after a chat with the management committee following the game they have decided to not pick out one individual but the whole team for today’s performance.
Team: Ross, McNaughton, Hay, Kenneth, Myles, Smith, Winter, Clark, McWalter, McConnachie, Milne.
Subs used: Liversedge on for Kenneth.