Broughty Athletic put in a determined second-half display to claim their first win in eleven attempts in the Super League defeating visitors Dundonald Bluebell 3-1 at Whitton Park.
Manager Keith Gibson made two forced changes to last weeks starting eleven, in came Barry Myles and Danny Cavanagh replacing the injured Ryan Suttie and Ross McCord, who was on the bench.
Things started brightly for the home side, forcing four corners inside the opening minutes, with Kevin Buchan heading over the bar and Jamie Winter trying his luck twice from 25yrds out. The first real chance came for Dundonald on 12mins, a free-kick 25yrds out was drilled goalwards but Iain Ross saved well at his post. 14mins and another chance for Dundonald, this time Ross saved a fierce shot out for a corner, then saved again at point blank range in the 6yrd box when the corner was swung over.
On 16mins Broughty had a half chance, captain Jamie Winter putting through Danny Cavanagh but his shot was wide of the post from 20yrds out. Then on 26mins, the deadlock was broken with the visitors being awarded a penalty after Paul McLellan was adjudged to have pulled his man down in the box. Ross dived to his right but the ball was in the bottom corner of the net, 0-1.
On the half hour mark, Winter tried his luck with a 30yrd effort but it was saved well although spilt by the Dundonald keeper with no Fed players following up. 33mins and the visitors will be wondering how on earth they didn’t double their lead as Iain Ross pulled off three top-class saves as the ball played pinball in the Fed box surrounded by at least a dozen players. Then on 40mins Broughty were awarded a penalty when Shaka Roy was brought down in the box. He stepped up and took the penalty, the keeper got a hand to it onto the post but the ball rebounded across the goal-line and Roy ran in to stab home for his second goal in two games, 1-1. H/T.
The second started more in Broughty’s favour as Kevin Buchan tried his luck on 53mins, he turned his marker and shot goalwards only for it to be saved well. One minute later McLellan fed Winter, he ran goalwards with only the keeper to beat but it was saved and McLellan skimmed the outside of the post with the rebound. One minute later again, Buchan made the Dundonald keeper pull off a save as he shot from just inside the box and out for a corner.
Then the breakthrough finally came after constant pressure from the home side on 62mins. McLellan’s poor shot into the box was stabbed into the back of the net by defender Barry Myles, scoring his first of the season in the process, 2-1. Then on 67mins, the victory was wrapped up when Shaka Roy forced and corner for the Fed with his blocked shot. McLellan swung the corner in and Buchan headed it into the back of the net, main picture above, to make it 3-1. 75mins and Buchan forced the keeper to pull off a world class one-handed save onto the post as his shot looked goal bound, full credit to the keeper though for the save.
85mins and the Fed pressed again for their fourth goal, Cavanagh feeding Buchan unmarked but his lob hit the top of the crossbar and out. The final chance fell to the visitors, Ryan Blair half blocking a shot for Fed keeper Iain Ross to fingertip it out for a corner as the ball headed towards the top corner of the net. F/T 3-1.
Summing up, a fantastic three points for the Fed after a nervous first half. Iain Ross was the Broughty saviour, saving well in and around the box in the first half. Second half and Broughty stepped up a gear and played some great attacking football. Fairly battered the Dundonald defence and could have scored a couple more.
Man of the Match, it was a very tough decision between two players who were immense today. If not for them both, who knows what could have happened. Goalkeeper Iain Ross pulled off fantastic saves when called upon in the first half when Dundonald threatened several times. And captain Jamie Winter, what a performance he put in across the midfield as well as defending and attacking. Both of them rolled the clock back and commanded the game when needed and both will be happy to share it(I hope).
F/T : BAJFC 3-1 Dundonald Bluebell – Scorers: Roy, Myles, Buchan