Broughty Athletic got back to winning ways tonight with a 1-0 away win at Carnoustie Panmure in the Super League and thus doing so completed the league double over their hosts following a 5-1 win back in August.
Returning for Broughty and into the starting eleven came goalkeeper Iain Ross from a recent bout of illness, and how crucial he was in securing the win for the Fed, and defender Jamie Sime recalled back from his loan spell at Dundee Violet. Stewart McConnachie partnered Kevin Buchan upfront with Grant Lawson on the bench. Ryan Suttie was missing due to suspension and Bastien Wibaut had returned home to France for study leave.
The opening minutes were dominated by the home side in possession and play but it was Broughty that should have broken the deadlock on 7 mins but Stewart McConnachie’s effort from a low Paul McLellan cross was blasted over the bar from about 12yrds out when a goal looked certain. 18mins on the clock and the home side nearly took the lead but the shot went past the post and out for a goal-kick.
Then on 25mins, the deadlock was broken by the Fed. A Brian Clark through-ball was flicked on by McConnachie to striker Kevin Buchan at the edge of the box and he slid the ball under the out rushing Carnoustie keeper to make it 0-1(main picture above). Another great chance for the home side to equalize came on 41mins but the attempted lob over Iain Ross in the Broughty goal landed on the roof of the net. H/T 0-1.
The second half started brightly again for the home side and Broughty were left chasing their tails at times. 48mins gone and Broughty keeper Iain Ross in action, this time, the effort was partially saved by him and scrambled wide of his post when a goal looked certain. Again on 50mins Ross was saving again, this time, a low shot he pushed out for a corner. On 68mins, Broughty should have doubled their lead and killed off Carnoustie but after Grant Lawson fed in Kevin Buchan, he rounded the keeper but saw his shot end the wrong side of the post and out.
Then constant pressure and possession from Carnoustie heading into the last 10mins of the game saw Broughty defend for their lives, with Barry Myles, Dougie Cameron and Jamie Sime blocking and winning everything that came at them. Fed goalkeeper Iain Ross was called into action another few times from corners and pulled off two crucial point-blank saves in the dying minutes to bring the three points home.
Overall, not a pretty performance but three precious points in the bag in the bid to stay in the Super League. Superb displays from Barry Myles, Iain Ross and Jamie Sime who’s just returned to the club from local side Dundee Violet. Full credit must go to the home side though, battled their way through the game playing some great passing football and dominated at times but just couldn’t get past Iain Ross in the goal.
Next up for Broughty is Bonnyrigg Rose at Whitton Park this Saturday in the league.