Broughty Athletic came home with all three points from New Victoria Park in Dalkeith following an impressive 2-0 win against Newtongrange Star this afternoon, securing their third league win in their last four games.

Once again the side were dealt a blow when both Graham Hay and Fraser Smith were both ruled out through injury. Goalkeeper Chris McPherson, who missed last Saturday’s defeat to Penicuik Athletic was back but took his seat on the bench. Making his debut for the club, again, was recent signing Danny Cavanagh.

Things took a while to get going for the visitors with Newtongrange having the majority of possession in the opening minutes of the game. Fed keeper John Sinclair was brought into action on 12mins when he saved a Star free-kick on the edge of the box, it was crossed back in at the far post but headed wide. On 20mins Star thought they’d scored but for the outreaching leg and foot of Sinclair clearing the ball on the line when a goal looked certain.

With Broughty out of the game possession-wise in the opening period, it took until the 25th minute to register a shot on target, Kevin Milne being put through on goal but his shot hit the side netting. 60secs later he was through again on goal, one on one with the Star keeper but was ruled offside. This seemed to spark Broughty into life and the opening goal came a minute later. new signing Danny Cavanagh was fed the ball on the left and he bore down on goal, lobbing the ball over the out-rushing keeper at an angle and into the net it went, pictured above, 0-1.

33mins and Star again went close, this time another free-kick on the edge of the box rattled the Broughty crossbar which led to frantic scenes in the Fed penalty area with about a dozen players either trying to kick, head the ball in any direction. On 35mins Star swung in a corner which was headed high of Sinclair’s goal and out for a goal-kick.

The final half chance of the first half fell to the visitors, captain for the afternoon Brian Clark gathered the ball and charged goalwards but his effort went wide of the post. H/T 0-1.

Again, the second half opened with both sides having plenty possession, Broughty coming more and more into the game. On 58mins Sinclair saved a low effort on goal. On the hour mark, Clark tormented his defender on the right wing and crossed to the back post, Ryan Blair controlled the ball, beat his marker but his blistering shot went high and wide when an easy low ball across the box looked the better option. 60secs later and substitute Taylor Berry , on for the injured Kesson, gathered the ball in the midfield and drove goalwards but his effort was weak and wide of the Star goal.

76mins on the clock and Broughty nearly doubled their lead, Clark collected the ball on the right, beat his man and shot goalwards, beating the keeper but rattling the right-hand post, but the rebound was put wide by Jamie Winter. But the pressure finally paid off sixty seconds later when the Fed did double their advantage. Clark again was the hero on the right, waltzing past his marker, not once but twice, making it to the by-line and cutting the ball back across the Star goal for one of their defenders to rush in and it his off his leg and into the net, 0-2.

Star pressed upfield to try and get back into the game, a couple of screams from the home fans for penalties were laughed away by the Fed players and match officials. They had one final chance, a rasping shot just inside the Fed box but manager Jamie McCunnie stuck his head in the way and cleared for a corner. F/T 0-2.

Summing up, a deserved three points in the end for the Fed following a very slow start. They sat off their hosts too much in the opening stages but eventually came into the game as it went on. Star will be disappointed with the result, they offered possession but no clinical finishing to find the net. Sinclair in the Fed goal made routines saves to keep them at bay. A great three points in the bag.

Man of the Match, a very tough from the Fed point of view. Three or four candidates for the award, namely defender Gregor Anderson who won every header that came his way, Brian Clark for his dominance down the wing against his opposite number, Ryan Blair at left back doing what he needs to do, but after some deliberation with Broughty officials it goes to midfielder Kieran McWalter for his all-around battling display, winning headers, driving forward and last-ditch tackles in the Fed box late in the second half.

Team: Sinclair, Blair, McNaughton, Anderson, McCunnie, Winter, Cavanagh, Clark, McWalter, Milne, Kesson.

Subs used: Berry on for Kesson, McCartney on for Milne, Liversedge on for Winter.