Broughty Athletic cruised into the 4th round of the Scottish Cup with a convincing 5-1 away win at local side Downfield JFC today.

Manager Keith Gibson brought Brian Clark back into the starting eleven following his recent injury, Kane Hester led the lineup front and Jay Smart once again partnered Ryan Suttie in the heart of the defence. James Collier had a place on the bench following his recent injury and there was no place in the squad for Kerr Hay.

It was the home side who pressed early on the game from kick-off. As early as the third minute they tested Iain Ross in the Broughty goal with a long range effort that went past the post. Then on 19mins Ross pulled off a fine save, tipping the ball over the crossbar when a goal looked certain. Within 60 seconds Grant Lawson saw his effort saved after he was set up by Paul McLellan.

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The deadlock was finally broken on 28mins and it was the Fed who took the lead courtesy of the penalty spot. Brian Clark was brought down in the box, with the Downfield player only receiving a yellow card, and Ross McCord slammed home the resulting penalty, 0-1. On 38mins Broughty doubled their lead when McLellan’s free kick into the box was met by Ryan Suttie at the far post(picture below), he lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net, 0-2. In the dying minutes of the half, Kane Hester saw his one on one effort with the Downfield keeper saved, H/T 0-2.

Fives minutes into the second half and McLellan saw his long-range effort skim over the crossbar. 55mins and Downfield pulled a goal back courtesy of the penalty spot after Ryan Blair brought down the attacking Downfield player, 1-2. On the hour mark, Jay Smart extended Broughty’s lead with a back-post header that narrowly crossed the line from a McLellan corner, 1-3. 72mins captain Jamie Winter saw his 25yrd effort fly over the bar. Then on 79mins James Collier made it four with his 25yrd effort rattling the crossbar, then bouncing over the line according to the referee, 1-4.

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Then the scoring was all finished on 87mins when a fine run down the left by McLellan saw his cross into the box flicked on by Collier and it found Stewart McConnachie at the back post to nod home, scoring his first of the season in the process, 1-5. Downfield were reduced to ten men in the dying minutes when Collier was rashly brought down in near the corner flag, F/T 1-5.

Summing up, Broughty to a while to get going but once they did, they took control and done what they had to do. Full credit to Downfield though, they pressed hard early on and gave Broughty a few scares, but fell away as Broughty started netting the goals.

Man of the Match for Broughty for coming back into the side from injury, as his influence has been missed in recent games and defeats, goes to Brian Clark.

Match action photos will follow tomorrow…