Broughty Athletic suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they went down 5-0 against hosts Hill of Beath Hawthorn last night at Keirs Park.
With Broughty looking to climb as high as possible in the league, manager Keith Gibson made several changes to the side as the squad face four games in the next ten days. Broughty started with five 17yr olds in the starting eleven and their inexperience showed as the home side rattled in five without reply.
Outfield players Conor Samson, Derryn Kesson, Blair Whyte, Keiron Ross all started along with John Sinclair in the goal replacing Iain Ross. Frankie Lannen started in the defence and a trialist, Steven McPhee, was the lone striker upfront. Missing were three central defenders, being Jamie Sime, Barry Myles and Jay Smart and also strikers Kevin Buchan and Brian Clark.
The first goal came on 13mins with the play down the right saw the ball cut back into the penalty area and slammed home 1-0. 18mins gone and HOB nearly doubled their lead but Frankie Lannen cleared off the line from a corner. 22mins Broughty’s Jamie Winter’s free-kick was saved by the HOB keeper with no takers there for the rebound. HOB’s second goal came on 36min via a long ball down the middle and then slid under Broughty keeper John Sinclair,2-0. Then three minutes before halftime HOB made it 3-0. H/T 3-0.
The second half saw Paul McLellan’s effort skim past the wrong side of the post before HOB added further goals on 70 and 77mins to complete the rout.
Summing up, sadly the stats will show the result as a 5-0 thumping scoreline, not that it was a young inexperienced side starting the game or that it’s the first of four games in ten days and certain players were rested. Disappointing that certain players either couldn’t or didn’t make the trip to Fife and Broughty got what they deserved. A disappointing night for all at Broughty Athletic.