BAJFC manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his side’s 5-1 away win over local side Downfield JFC in the 3rd round of the Junior Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Read below what Keith had to say on his side’s win, scoring of five goals and overall gameplay…
“It was great to eventually get the game played yesterday after the recent two call offs due to the weather. The players have been training really well and performed well in our recent friendlies in preparation for the game. The players were well warned before the game as Downfield are very good side, but I felt if we applied ourselves properly and played at the tempo and intensity that we can we would get a positive result.
Downfield started the game well and I was disappointed with our first 20 minutes. We altered our shape slightly and once we settled we got into our rhythm and played some good stuff. We went in at half time 2-0 up with goals from Ross McCord and Ryan Suttie which was really pleasing to have that cushion but again it was reiterated to the players that we had to start the second half well.
From the beginning of the second half we played on the front foot and controlled the game, Downfield never really threatened until we gave away the penalty, bringing them back into it at 2-1. This naturally gave Downfield a big lift and for 5/10 minutes they put us under a bit of pressure without really creating much. After we got through this period, again we went on and passed the ball really well and it was pleasing to get another goal from a corner through Jay Smart’s header to make it 3-1. We always want our substitutes to make an impact when they come on and our three did that. James Collier was excellent when he came on and scored a great goal from about 25yrds out and set up one, and it was great to have him back involved after a long lay off with his injury. Stewart McConnachie scored a great goal, his first of the season I believe, when he came on after a good build up play and he contributed well. Barry Myles looked solid when he came on and he never lets the team down. Special mention also to Brian Clark, we started him for the game after being out for several matches through injury but he looked himself and played very well and we’re pleased to have him back.
Summing up, to win 5-1 in a local derby in the Scottish Cup was a great result. The players have to take a lot of credit as for large parts of the game they were excellent and this reflects the way they train and apply their self in every session. We get back to league business next week as we host Linlithgow Rose, a side we defeated on opening day of the season at their place, so we’ll prepare for that this week as we need to start picking up points in the league again…”
Weather permitting, Broughty Athletic host Linlithgow Rose in the Super League at Whitton Park this Saturday 10th December, with a 1-30pm kick off.