In a game billed as a tough middle of the table clash between Broughty Athletic and hosts Camelon, it was the Fed who came away with all three points after a dominant display edging out their hosts 3-2 at Carmuirs Park today.
Back into the side came captain Graham Hay from injury, partnering Gregor Anderson in the heart of the defence. Also making his first start was recent new signing Jordan Garden on the left side. Kevin Milne was the lone striker up front and defender Ryan Blair was on the bench. Missing was loanee Danny Cavanagh through illness.
The game was 5mins old and Broughty had their first of many chances as Greig McNaughton’s ball was dummied on the edge of the box and the on-rushing Jamie Winter could only see his shot saved by the home keeper. One minute later and it was player/manager Jamie McCunnie’s turn but his rocket shot from 30yrds out went over the bar.
13mins on the clock and striker Kevin Milne tried his luck, he collected the ball and shot just over from 20yrds out. Broughty were dominating in chances and possession with little resistance from the home side. 21mins and Broughty nearly took the lead, a fine run on the left from Brian Clark, he beat his two men in the box but his shot was saved well by the keeper. Then another chance for the Fed, Derryn Kesson fed Jamie Winter and his pile-driver rattled the Camelon crossbar, rebounded against the keepers back and out for a corner.
But just as Broughty were on the verge of scoring, Camelon broke upfield and forced Fed keeper John Sinclair into his first action of the match, saving easily from a 20yrd effort on 27mins. But things took a turn for the worse on 34mins, totally against the run of play, Camelon scored with their 2nd effort on goal, a corner was swung in and swiped home past Sinclair to the absolute amazement of the Fed camp, 1-0.
37mins and a Camelon free-kick went wide of the post and out. 38mins and Broughty were back to normal service, banging on the Camelon door and McNaughton’s effort was deflected wide of the post. Then on 41mins the Fed finally got the goal they deserved, albeit a dubious one, Kesson was brought down in the box according to the match official and penalty to Broughty. Up stepped Jordan Garden to rattler home, 1-1 and game back on. Kesson had the final chance of the half on 43mins after his shot was blocked in the Camelon box, H/T 1-1.
It took until the 57th minute for another real effort, Garden’s header flying just over the crossbar and out. 61mins and Broughty deserved their second goal but Winter’s freekick into the box was half cleared, it fell to Kesson and his scissor kick volley was superbly saved by the keeper, the rebound fell to Kevin Milne but the keeper saved again from close range. But the next goal did eventually come on 70mins, a long ball from Winter found Milne rushing in goalwards and he slotted home, 1-2.
Just as Broughty were more than comfortable in the game, the hosts replied with a far post header from a corner to level the scores at 2-2. But within 60secs the Fed were back in front. That man again Milne was put through and his cracking volley shot flew past the keeper and hit the far post and fell to the feet of Winter and he scooped the ball into the net, 2-3.
Camelon pressed again for an equaliser with successive corners but Broughty defended well. Brian Clark set up substitute Fraser Smith but his effort was saved and Clark lobbed the rebound over the bar. 88mins Camelon were awarded a shocking freekick after Hay was adjudged to have fouled two men when going for a header, the resulting freekick was saved by Sinclair and out for a corner, which in turn was dealt with and the Fed cheered when the final whistle went. F/T 2-3.
Summing up, outstanding effort and performance from the squad today, dominated from start to finish and if not for a good Camelon keeper and poor finishing it could have been a very bad day for our hosts. Every Broughty player played his part, outstanding performance, one of the best this season.
Man of the Match, one guy stood out and lit up the whole pitch with every touch of the ball, he backtracked, he drove forward, he twisted and turned and ghosted past his opposition at every opportunity it has to go to wee Derryn Kesson, outstanding performance from him today. Special mention must also go to Jordan Garden, worked his socks off and gave a great account of himself on the wing and across the pitch.
Team: Sinclair, McCunnie, Hay, Anderson, McNaughton, Winter, McWalter, Clark, Kesson, Milne, Garden
Subs used: Smith for Kesson, McCartney for Milne.