Broughty Athletic welcome North Division leaders Blairgowrie JFC to Whitton Park this Saturday in the 1st round of the GA Engineering sponsored cup.

Following on from last Saturday’s 4-3 home defeat in the Super League to near neighbours Carnoustie Panmure it’s a chance for the club to regroup and concentrate on domestic silverware as they take a break from league action with cup football the next two fixtures, a Scottish Cup fixture away to West coast side Johnstone Burgh is on the cards for the following Saturday.

Broughty were riding high on a six-game unbeaten run before Saturday’s loss to the Gowfers and the manager and players will be eager to get back to winning ways in what’s expected to be a tough hard game for the Fed come Saturday.

Visitors Blairgowrie JFC, ply their trade in the McBookie East Region North Division and currently sit top of the league after nine games, five points ahead of second-placed Thornton Hibs. In their last three league games, they have managed to score four goals in each, two victories against Brechin Vics 4-0 and Coupar Angus 4-2, with a 4-4 drawn game away against Lochee Harp.

Broughty go into the game looking to get back to winning ways following last Saturday’s defeat. A run of six wins, scoring twelve and conceding only two came to a stop when visitors Carnoustie Panmure came calling. Manager Keith Gibson is looking for a big reaction from his side in what he knows will be a tough game…

“It’s cup football this weekend, a nice distraction from the Super League where we’ve been going great guns. Saturday’s defeat was a hard one to take but it’s gone now and Blairgowrie are up next for us. It will be a hard game, they’re going well in their league and will be out to cause an upset. The cup is up for grabs as the holders (Lochee United) are out, it’s our owner who sponsors it so we’ll be doing all our best to get to the final and surpass last season’s semi-final loss to Jeanfield Swifts…”

All fans are reminded this game is a 2-30pm kick off at Whitton Park. Admission prices are £6 for Adults and £3 for OAP/Kids. The Broughty ‘Pie Shop’ will be in operation for all those wanting to grab a bite to eat before or during the match. Should the game end in a draw after ninety minutes then a penalty shoot-out will determine who enters the hat for the second round.