Broughty Athletic’s five-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end today with a home 2-1 defeat to visitors Broxburn Athletic at Whitton Park.
Broughty started the game with reserve goalkeeper John Sinclair as Iain Ross was still deemed unfit due to a recent illness. Brian Clark made his home debut partnering Kevin Buchan upfront. Frankie Lannen was back in the squad from injury but was content with a place on the bench.
It was Broughty that created the first chance of the game on 7mins, a long through ball from Bastien Wibaut found Jake Mair one on one with the Broxburn keeper but he saved well at his feet. 16mins and Kevin Buchan saw his shot fly just over the bar. 18mins Broughty thought they took the lead but Brian Clark’s goal was adjudged offside. It was defender Dougie Cameron’s turn for a chance but he missed it at the far post from a low Grant Lawson cross on 23mins.
Broughty keeper John Sinclair (pictured left) was comfortable throughout the half and was saving when needed especially on 39 mins, blocking a goalbound shot with his feet. Again on 43mins he was in action but saw the ball skim past the outside of his post. But just as both teams were waiting on the halftime whistle the visitors took the lead in first-half injury time,0-1. A fantastic first half from the Fed who dominated the opening 30mins playing some neat, attractive football. But the visitors upped their game in the final period of the half and nicked the goal.
The second half was only three minutes old when Broughty pushed for the equalizer, Jamie Winter’s edge of the box shot was heading goalwards until Kevin Buchan blocked the shot. 54mins and Broxburn nearly doubled their lead, shooting over from 30yrds. On 65mins, Broughty thought they equalized but Kevin Buchan’s effort was cleared off the line after slotting past the keeper. A couple of more Broxburn efforts on 70mins were missed and this proved vital for the Fed as they equalized on 72mins courtesy of a Brain Clark strike into the back of the net, his first for the club, to make it 1-1.
After the equalizer, the Fed looked hungrier and pressed for another but four minutes later they were behind again from a Broxburn 20trd strike,1-2. 81mins and Captain Dougie Cameron had a great chance to level the score’s but his header ended up the wrong side of the post from Brian Clark’s cross. Then in the dying seconds, Broxburn had the chance to score their third but an open goal was missed and the game finished 2-1 to the visitors.
After a promising opening 30mins, Broughty faded away towards the end of the first half and Broxburn capitalized nicked the goal, for which they deserved on their showing. Broughty’s Brian Clark (pictured right) deserve’s a special mention, what a home debut he had and capped it with a cracking goal.
Broughty now must pick themselves up as the fixtures start to come thick and fast, with a short trip to Carnoustie Panmure on Wednesday in the league.