Broughty Athletic got back to winning ways in emphatic style, following a recent run of three defeats, by putting five goals visitors Musselburgh Athletic in a 5-3 win at Whitton Park.
Having defeat Musselburgh previously in the League and East of Scotland Cup, Broughty were looking to make it three out of three and they did despite a brave fightback by Musselburgh at the start of the second half.
Broughty welcomed back to the starting line up Brian Clark and Grant Lawson. Frankie Lannen started at right back with young John Sinclair replacing Iain Ross in the goal.
The game was 3mins old when Kevin Buchan tested the Musselburgh keeper but he saved well. Then on 8mins Broughty broke the deadlock when Kevin Buchan was fed through by Brian Clark and he slotted home,1-0. 14mins saw a Barry Myles header from a Dougie Cameron corner saved on the line. 21mins gone and it was the turn of Stewart McConnachie to try his luck, lobbing the keeper but the ball went over the bar.
Then the away side saw their first decent effort go wide of Sinclair’s post and out on 27mins. One minute later Broughty should have doubled their lead, a mistake by the away keeper saw the ball fall at Buchan’s feet but he somehow shot wide of the goal. 32mins Buchan again had a chance from Cameron’s cross, this time, his header hit the post and cleared. Another chance for the visitors came on 37mins but the shot went wide of the goal. Then up stepped Brian Clark on 38mins, he collected the ball 25yrds out and rattled the ball into the net to double the Fed’s lead,2-0. H/T 2-0.
The second half was barely 5 minutes old, with Broughty still thinking they were in the changing rooms, Musselburgh managed to score twice and bring the side’s level at 2-2. The first was a 20yrd shot from the edge of the box, the second was a cross into the box, both Barry Myles, and Jamie Sime left it only for the Musselburgh striker to nip in, 2-2. 55 mins and Broughty restored their lead courtesy of a Grant Lawson superb curling left-footed effort from 20yrds out into the net(main picture above). 58mins and Broughty’s John Sinclair was in action, saving well.
Just after the hour mark Ryan Suttie fed Kevin Buchan through but his shot flew over the bar. 68mins Musselburgh nearly equalized but the lobbed effort over Sinclair in the goal was cleared by Myles just short of the goalline. Then on 72mins substitute Paul McLellan waltzed down the left side cut the ball back to Brian Clark, the first attempt was saved but he slotted home the second time of asking,4-2. Then Broughty scored their fifth goal on 76mins when again McLellan down the left cut the ball back across the goal for young Derryn Kesson to slam into the net,5-2.
Two more efforts from Brian Clark and Paul McLellan should have extended Broughty’s lead but one was saved and one went wide of the post. Then on 83mins, the scoring was finished when a Jamie Sime volley clearance struck the face of Barry Myles and into the net,5-3. 84mins saw a Kevin Buchan cross headed wide by McLellan at the back post. John Sinclair pulled off his last save on 85mins for Broughty before Barry Myles and Derryn Kesson both had chances but missed the net. F/T 5-3.
Summing up, Broughty dominated the game from start to finish in chances and play despite a brief fightback from Musselburgh early in the second half. The game should have been wrapped up in the first half but for poor finishing. Credit to the visitors, stepped up a gear a rattled the Fed the first 10/15mins of the second half.
Broughty now will finish their season on Wednesday night at home to Fauldhouse United with a 7-15pm kick off. Musselburgh have finished their season with the defeat today.