Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson spoke of his joy after his side’s 3-0 EOS Cup win over Camelon on Saturday. After losing to Jeanfield Swifts midweek in the semi-finals of the GA Engineering Cup, the manager was looking for his side to bounce straight back and make amends for the loss. Things didn’t get off to the best of starts either Saturday morning when a rag tabloid newspaper printed a disheartening story about the gaffer and his squad.
Read below Keith’s thoughts on the game and other matters…
“The game started with Camelon having the better of the play for the first 15/20 minutes and their shape was causing us some problems. We changed our shape slightly to combat this and after that, I felt we got into our rhythm and knocked the ball about well. The goal came through a mistake but Kevin Buchan (pictured left)took it really well lobbing their keeper. It was good going in a goal up at half time and we steered the second half extremely well.
We were unlucky not to score a couple before we eventually got our second and after that we looked comfortable and some of our patterns of play and ball retention were good. Full credit goes to Man of the Match Kevin Buchan for his play and hat-trick. Another positive was having Frankie Lannen back involved and getting some game time after his long layout through injury, and Derryn Kesson getting a run out late on.
I’ve said it before that I and the other coaches have belief in each and every single one of our players and we got a great reaction and performance yesterday. I would never publicly criticise my players or call them flops contrary to what was reported in a newspaper Saturday morning! The aim this season was to consolidate and I think we’re one or maybe two wins away from doing that and to get a cup run is an extra bonus and the players have to take credit for this. We have another run of games coming up which will be vital and we’ll need to assess the fitness of players over the coming weeks.
I would also like to say, off the pitch, Whitton Park was buzzing yesterday with us having 65 in hospitality, a huge thank you has to go out to everyone involved, especially Sean who organised it and Ryan and his Broughty girls that helped run it yesterday, as it was a great success. Also, huge thanks to all attended the hospitality and we’ll hopefully see them again in the future when we have another one. I’m sure there would have been a few sore heads Sunday morning…”