A James Collier first half hat-trick helped Broughty Athletic brush aside hosts Brechin Vics in this preliminary round clash of the GA Engineering Cup at New Victoria Park.

A host of changes was made by Broughty manager Keith Gibson as he looked to use his squad for those players who have been out injured and on the bench the past few games. In came James Yates at right back, Barry Myles at the heart of the defence with Jay Smart. Ryan Suttie started in midfield with Danny Cavanagh and James Collier partnered Stewart McConnachie upfront. John Sinclair replaced Iain Ross in the goal. Captain Jamie Winter missed out through injury.

The first chance of the game came after 9mins, Paul McLellan’s cross from the left side wasn’t met by anyone in the Vics box and cleared. 17mins and Ryan Blair saw his cross into the box headed over the bar by James Collier. A minute later Kerr Hay tried his luck inside the box but his shot was saved. 20mins and Collier again tried his luck with another header but it was saved. Then on 23mins the deadlock was finally broken. Stewart McConnachie crossed from the right side and Collier was on hand unchallenged to head home his first goal of the season, picture above, 0-1.

On 33mins, a nasty challenge on Kerr Hay saw a free-kick swung into the box by McLellan, it found Barry Myles at the back post, his attempted overhead kick to the near post found Collier who dived in and headed home his and Broughty’s second goal, 0-2. On 33mins it was all over for the home side as Broughty dominated and notched their third goal, Collier feeding Ryan Suttie, he raced down on goal and placed his shot past the keeper into the net, 0-3. Then three minutes before halftime James Collier completed his hat-trick of headers as he headed home a Jay Smart cross, 0-4. Kerr Hay had the final chance before the halftime whistle but he shot over the bar, H/T 0-4.

The second half was only three minutes old and Collier nearly had his fourth headed goal, but he went wide unmarked at the back post from a Ross McCord cross. Then on 51mins the home side pulled a goal back after McCord lost possession with a misplaced pass with the Vics player bearing down on John Sinclair in the goal and slotting past him, 1-4. 54mins on the clock and normal service was resumed with Broughty scoring their fifth and final goal of the game. Defender James Yates collected the ball just inside Vic’s half, strolled a few more yards with a challenge near him then unleashed a 25yrd effort that found the back of the net, 1-5. 

dsc_0880-2On the hour mark, Danny Cavanagh saw his right-footed curling effort superbly saved by the Vics keeper when it looked goalbound. A McCord header over the bar came on 71mins from a Brian Clark corner. 60secs later Kerr Hay saw his effort headed wide from another Clark cross. 74mins and Cavanagh had a shot from the edge of the box that skimmed past the wrong side of the post after being laid on by Clark. 79mins the home nearly scored their second of the game, a free kick into the box was shot over from 6yrds out. Then the final chance of the game fell to Cavanagh, he tried his luck from 30yrds out but was wide of the goal, before he went off injured, reducing Broughty to 10 men for the final minutes of the game. F/T 1-5.

Summing up, Broughty cruised through to the first round of the competition without being too much troubled. Great to see the squad being shuffled and used. A good first half from the Fed had the game won and over, and things were taken a tad easier in the second 45mins.

Man of the Match, a couple of contenders for this, James Yates at right back had a great game, driving forward and defending when needed, Danny Cavanagh in the midfield for his constant 100% effort and demand for the ball, but it goes to James Collier, pictured above left, he started his first game in around four weeks due to holidays and scored a superb hat-trick of headed goals.

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