Broughty Athletic lost away to Kelty Hearts 2-0 in the Super League in a game which was marred by a terrible injury to Kelty Hearts defender Sean O’Neill.
A goal in each half from the hosts despite several half chances from the Fed were enough to seal the points. In two separate incidents seconds apart, Broughty player Jake Mair went down under a hefty headed battle with a suspected broken collar bone, then seconds later Kelty Hearts defender Sean O’Neill unchallenged played the ball but went down with a suspected leg break, bringing the game to a halt with 12 mins remaining.
Kelty went ahead on 5mins when a goal-kick out from Iain Ross was collected by Kelty left back Scott Gates who played the ball to the edge of the box finding his striker who slotted home,1-0. On 18mins, Broughty had two clear cut chances to equalize but both efforts from Grant Lawson and Paul McLellan shot across the Kelty goal line with no takers to put it in the net.
25mins in and Kelty nearly double their lead when a corner swung in was cleared off the line from a header by Frankie Lannan. A rasping shot on 32mins just flew past the outside of the Broughty goal and out for a goal-kick. Last chance of the first half fell to McConnachie, after skipping past two defenders on the edge of the box his weak shot went out for a corner.
The second half was 6mins old when Paul McLellan had his shot on the edge of the box superbly saved low in the ground by the Kelty keeper when a goal looked certain. On 54mins Iain Ross yet again pulls off a fine save. 70mins on the clock and Kelty double their lead despite Ross saving the first attempt, then blocking the second attempt but unable to keep out the third attempt during a scramble in the box, 2-0 the hosts.
Then the two incidents that brought the match to a halt for 20mins or so.
After the restart, Broughty pushed to pull any back from the game but to no avail with Grant Lawson’s shot being saved. Fed keeper Ross pulled off another two saves in the dying seconds to keep the scoreline to 2-0 Kelty.
No league game is scheduled for next Saturday due to the Scottish Junior Cup games being on, with Broughty being the only Super League team knocked out of the competition.