Broughty Athletic went down heavily to hosts Camelon 5-2 today at a rain-soaked Carmuirs Park this afternoon, their eighth Super League game in a row without a win.
In a surprise move, Broughty manager started with new signing Shaka Roy up front, partnering Stewart McConnachie, with Kevin Buchan resigned to the bench. Jay Smart and Ryan Suttie started in central defence, with Barry Myles dropping out and Danny Cavanagh slotted in the midfield position making his first start since rejoining the club.
The pitch was very heavy, soaking and things got off to the worst possible start for the Fed when a deflected 25yrd shot flew past Iain Ross in the goal after 2mins, 1-0. On 7mins Camelon should have doubled their lead when through on goal but the shot went the wrong side of the post and out. 11mins on the clock and Broughty new signing Shaka Roy, pictured below, had his first effort on goal, his shot went wide of the post. 14mins Paul McLellan tried an ambitious overhead kick only to see it fly over the bar, over the boundary wall and into a carpark far away! 60 seconds later a Broughty corner was turned into a breakaway upfield for the home side but again the resulting shot was the wrong side of the post.
20mins on the clock and Ross was tested again from a 20yrd effort but he saved well. 36mins and Broughty were getting closer to the equaliser, this time McLellan’s floated free kick into the box scraped the top of the crossbar with the keeper nowhere. 39mins and Danny Cavanagh tried his luck hooking the ball high and wide of the Camelon goal. Then finally the equaliser came for the Fed. McLellan’s cross was floated into the far side of the box where Grant Lawson rose above his marker and sent a looping header across goal, hitting the far post before landing in the back of the net, 1-1. Then the final action of the first half fell to the visitors, McLellan feeding Roy but his low cross into the box was met by no Broughty players, H/T 1-1.
The second half was a couple of minutes old when Camelon restored their lead, scoring two in two minutes, firstly shooting from close range past Ross after the Fed defence failed to clear then slotting home their third from the edge of the box following a corner swung over, 3-1. Then on 53mins, it was practically game over for the Fed when the home side headed in their fourth from a low swung in free kick, 4-1.
67mins on the clock and Paul McLellan handed Broughty a glimpse of a comeback, slotting home a penalty following a handball decision from the referee, Jay Smart being challenged by three Camelon defenders with one of them hitting the ball away with his hand, 4-2. Then on 77mins Ross in the Broughty goal pulled off a fine save at his right-hand post, pushing the ball out for a corner from the low shot. But seconds later the resulting corner was swung into the far post with two Camelon players jumping to head the ball into the net and finish the scoring for the home side, 5-2. On 80mins substitute Kevin Buchan twisted and turned but his fine effort skimmed past the post and Grant Lawson’s effort went over the bar after being put through by McLellan. F/T 5-2.
Summing up, another performance riddled with individual mistakes which are costing the team badly. Despite Camelon’s half decent chances in the first half, Broughty were still in the game and grabbed a vital equaliser before halftime. Their first half performance was an improvement on the home defeat to Sauchie last Saturday in the Scottish Cup. But the second half the mistakes were there to see for all. The pitch and conditions were not the best, but Camelon managed to deal with it far better than Broughty.
Man of the Match for the Fed, a player who gave it 100% effort and fought for every ball, Danny Cavanagh. Special mention to new signing Shaka Roy, held the ball up well and played some neat layoffs in the terrible conditions, Jamie Winter(pictured above taking free-kick) and Paul McLellan too for showing a vast improvement after recent weeks and substitute Kevin Buchan, who got stuck right in when he came on after the hour mark, winning high headers and at least going for it!
Fulltime : Camelon 5 BAJFC 2 Scorers : Lawson & McLellan
Next week Broughty are back on cup business, this time they travel to face Culter JFC in the GA Engineering Cup.