Broughty Athletic are through to the 3rd round of the East of Scotland Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win over visitors Lochgelly Albert at Whitton Park today.
Broughty welcomed back defender Frankie Lannen to the starting line-up after his great display in the friendly defeat against Montrose FC during the week. Shaka Roy partnered James Collier upfront. Missing through injury were Danny Cavanagh, Jamie Winter, Brian Clark, Jake Mair and John Sinclair.
It wasn’t the best of games at Whitton Park, very slow to start with for both sides. Broughty’s first effort came via Paul McLellan after 14mins, his shot was wide of the right post. Then not until the 25th minute came the first real effort for Lochgelly, but Fed keeper Iain Ross pulled off a fantastic fingertip save to put the ball out for a corner.
29mins and it was Kevin Buchan’s turn for a shot on goal, his weak effort went wide of the post after Ross McCord put him through. 34mins on the clock and Shaka Roy saw his 20yrd shot go the wrong side of the post when supplied by Buchan. H/T 0-0.
The second half was seven minutes old when the deadlock was broken. Grant Lawson’s run and pass to Buchan 25yrds out saw him rattle the ball into the net with the keeper beaten, 1-0. One minute later Lawson tried his luck with a 25yrd effort only for it to be saved well. 71mins Buchan tried again from the edge of the box but wide of the post it went. 75mins and Roy skimmed the post was another effort as Broughty pressed for a second goal to kill off the game.
Buchan again on 77mins, this time he tried to lob the keeper but his effort was caught. 83mins and McCord came very close to making it two, his 25yrd curler hit the corner of the post and crossbar and out for a goal-kick. Then finally Broughty sealed the cup tie on 90mins when a run down the right side by Buchan to the byeline, he cut the ball back low across the goalmouth where James Collier was on hand to put it in the back of the net, 2-0.
Summing up, a slow game to start, sloppy at times, but the more the game went on Broughty took control. If not for some poor first touches by the strikeforce upfront, the scoreline could have been more than just the two.
Man of the Match for the Fed goes to
Danny Cavanagh Frankie Lannen. Frankie started his first game for the Fed this season following a six-month loan move to rebuild his fitness levels after being out injured. He never put a foot wrong throughout the game and dealt with everything that came his way. Special mention too goes to Ross McCord in the middle of the park, gave more than 100% to every ball and challenge.
F/T BAJFC 2-0 Lochgelly Albert – Scorers: Kevin Buchan, James Collier.
Match action photos will appear in the ‘MATCH PHOTOS’ section of the website on Sunday.