Broughty Athletic crashed out of the Junior Scottish Cup losing 4-0 at home to Premier League side Sauchie.
With striker Kevin Buchan cup-tied, the Fed started with Brian Clark and Stewart McConnachie upfront. Jay Smart partnered Barry Myles in the heart of the defence.
The visitors were first to create a serious chance, scoring after 7mins only for the goal to be chalked off for offside by the linesman. On 11mins Broughty had their first effort on goal, Brian Clark trying from the edge of the box but his shot was easily saved. 16mins and Iain Ross was tested in the Broughty goal, saving well from an edge of the box shot.
On 24mins Broughty claimed for a penalty when Grant Lawson was brought down in the box but the match official waved away his and the teams’ claim. 39mins on the clock and Ross pulled off a superb save from close range to keep his side level going into halftime 0-0.
The second half was only three minutes old when the visitors broke the deadlock with a double sucker punch. A freekick from 20yrds out was curled over the Broughty wall and into the net giving Ross no chance. And within 60 seconds Sauchie had doubled their lead to 2-0 after Broughty lost possession down the left side. On the hour mark, Broughty’s Paul McLellan crossed low into the box only for Ryan Blair to slide in and miss the vital touch at the far post.
62mins and Ross again was called into action, saving well from a close range shot, his leg putting the ball out for a corner. 64mins and substitute Danny Cavanagh saw his header from a corner easily saved by the Sauchie keeper. Then on 76mins, the game was over for the home side as Sauchie scored their third. Broughty were pressing up the park and from a cross into the Sauchie box the ball was caught and thrown out down the right side, Sauchie broke upfield to slot the ball into the net, 3-0.
78mins another penalty shot from the home side as McLellan was hauled down a yard inside the box, with photos to prove it, but the match official gave a free kick outside of the box. Then to rub salt into Broughty’s wounds Sauchie scored their fourth and final goal. Substitute Frankie Lannen lost possession and the Sauchie forwards capitalised and slotted home past Ross, 4-0. F/T
Summing up, with a recent poor run of games in the Super League, four defeats followed by three draws, the chance of a decent cup run was there to be had and to give the team a lift. Sadly no one thought to grab that chance today as Broughty were outplayed by their visitors who wanted the ball, wanted the victory and who wanted into the hat for the next round draw.
Man of the Match for the Fed, a very easy choice to make, it goes to goalkeeper Iain Ross. If not for him making vital and important saves, the bad day at the office for the Fed could have been far more shocking than what it was! A special mention also to substitute Danny Cavanagh, he came off the bench on the hour mark following an injury to Brian Clark and showed he wanted the ball and gave 100% effort.