Broughty Athletic made hard work of their first round East of Scotland match away to hosts West Calder United but are through courtesy of a Jay Smart headed goal after 41mins in a 1-0 win.
The Fed started the game with recent new signings Matty Adam and Kerr Hay starting upfront. James Yates was brought in at right back with Jamie McCunnie partnering Jay Smart in the heart of the defence. Ross McCord was rested with a place on the bench. Still missing were Grant Lawson, Frankie Lannen, Ryan Suttie, Barry Myles, James Collier and Jake Mair.
The game was 4mins old when Broughty had their first chance, Brian Clark crossing the ball to Paul McLellan whos header was laid on for Danny Cavanagh but his shot flew over the bar. 22mins on the clock and both new signings combined well with Adam suppling Hay but his shot was saved well. On the half hour mark Broughty were denied a stonewall penalty when Hay was brought down in the box. 34mins gone and Cavanagh put through Matty Adam but his one on one effort with the keeper was saved.
37mins and the home side had a rare effort, shooting wide past Iain Ross’s post. Then the deadlock was finally broken on 41mins. A Paul McLellan free-kick was floated to the edge of the home side’s penalty area and Jay Smart was on hand to header home,0-1. H/T 0-1.
The second half was two minutes old when Brian Clark strolled through the defnce and tried his luck but his shot was saved. McLellan laid the ball to Jamie Winter but his 25yrd effort went over the bar on 52mins. 60mins on the clock and McLellan was put through by James Yates but his effort was well saved by the home keeper. 66mins and Clark tried his luck again, this time cutting in from the right side and shooting goalwards but again it was saved. 78mins and it was Stewart McConnachie’s turn to shoot over the bar from a Broughty corner. F/T 0-1.
Summing up, a hard fought game and a tricky tie for Broughty, but they deserved their comfortable win against a side that never troubled Iain Ross in the goal, not one save was made or cross to be caught. Broughty’s defence done very well. Several great chances were created but yet again the goals didn’t come due to some good goalkeeping by the home keeper.
Man of the Match for the Fed, a few contenders for this, Yates, Smart, McCunnie and Blair all played well in defence, but it goes to Matty Adam for his effort in the hour he played, his first competative game since April. If not for some good saves then he could have scored himself a couple of goals.