A determined Broughty Athletic dominated the game in chances and eventually saw off visitors Hill of Beath Hawthorn today with a 1-0 win at Whitton Park thanks to a second-half Jay Smart headed goal.

Back into the starting eleven came on loan striker Kerr Hay following his suspension last week replacing Stewart McConnachie who was on the bench. Hay partnered Matty Adam upfront as Broughty’s two main strikers and this was the only change from the side that won away to Dundonald Bluebell last Saturday.

The game was 2mins old when Matty Adam tried his luck with a low curling right-footed shot which rebounded into his path from Jamie McCunnie’s shot from outside the box but the keeper saved well. 10mins Ryan Blair saw his cross headed wide of the post by Kerr Hay. 14mins Ryan Suttie had a go as he took the ball from a HOB player, ran goalwards, but his 25yrd effort went wide of the post.

Broughty were dominating the game in chances as another fell to Matty Adam on 21mins but his mistouch in front of the keeper let him down from Paul McLellan’s cross. Two minutes later and Hay tried again, this time, his right-footed curler was again well saved. 60secs later Ross McCord saw his 25yrd free-kick rattle the crossbar.

It took until the 26th minute for the visitors to trouble Fed keeper Iain Ross but McCord was on hand to clear a cross out for a corner. The resulting corner was cleared as far as the edge of the box and a shot was tipped over the bar by Ross. On the half hour mark, Adam tried again but his soft effort was easily saved. On 39mins Broughty claimed for a penalty but it was turned down as Hay was pulled down in the box. Then the last chance of the half fell to the Fed, a long goal kick from Ross was headed into the path of McCord from captain Jamie Winter but his shot went wide. H/T 0-0.

dsc_0524-2The first chance of the second half fell to the home side, Jamie McCunnie’s throw to Brian Clark was knocked on to McCord but again his shot went over the bar. Three minutes later Jamie Winter tried his luck with a 30yrd pile driver but it was saved well by the HOB keeper. Just on the hour mark and the visitors had a glorious chance to take the lead but no one was on the end of their low cross into the box, with an open goal gaping.

Then on 64mins the deadlock was finally broken. McCord sent in a free kick into the box and it was met by stalwart defender Jay Smart at the far post to head home into the net, picture above, 1-0.

Then Broughty captain, Jamie Winter, who was by this time playing with an injury due to some meaty challenges flying into him, tried another shot from 20 yards out but again it flew over the crossbar. 77mins on the clock and substitute Danny Cavanagh strolled past two markers and let go a shot but it was saved. Then the visitors piled on the pressure in the dying minutes but the Fed defence held out strongly to secure their third win on the trot in the Super League and their fourth in all competitions. F/T 1-0.

Summing up, Broughty dominated the game in possession and chances. If not for some more good goalkeeping by the away keeper and some poor efforts, the Fed could have hit HOB for several goals today. The chances are getting created every few minutes but the finishing touch, as in the goals, are not too far away. HOB came into the game late in the second half chasing an equaliser which never came.

Man of the Match, a few contenders for this one, Brian Clark again strolling through the opposition and all round general play, Jay Smart and Ryan Suttie for another solid defensive performance, captain Jamie Winter bossing the middle of the park, Matty Adam for 110% effort all game where he never gave up. But for all round solidness and experience in his play shepherding his colleagues throughout the ninety minutes, it goes to Jamie McCunnie.

Broughty now take another break from league action next Saturday when they travel to face Brechin Vics in the 1st round of the GA Engineering Cup.

Match action photos will appear in the ‘PHOTOS’ section of the website…