Nine-man Broughty Athletic lost their recent three-game unbeaten run when they went down 4-1 at home to Super League leaders Penicuik Athletic this afternoon at Whitton Park.

The Fed were fresh off a 6-2 thrashing of local rivals Carnoustie Panmure last weekend and went into the game full of promise thinking that something could be taken from the game against the side at the top of the league. Missing for the Fed was striker Stewart McConnachie and was replaced by Dayle Robertson

Things could not have gotten off to a better start for the home side when barely a minute on the clock the Fed found themselves 1-0 up courtesy of an own goal. The ball was played back to the Penicuik keeper and somehow it bobbled over his foot and into the net, 1-0. But the visitors were level on 9mins when a cross from the left wasn’t cleared in the box by Ryan Blair and the ball was slotted past Iain Ross in the goal, pictured above,1-1.

12mins and Kieran McWalter tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort went wide of the goal. 16mins and Penicuik thought they’d taken the lead but the goal was ruled offside by the assistant referee. 18mins and Broughty pressed and a Greig McNaughton low cross from the right side was sliced over the Penicuik bar by one of their defenders.

Then on 24mins Penicuik took the lead after slicing through the non-existent Broughty midfield, playing the ball to the right side, the cross came in low and into the net it was put, 1-2. Just after the half-hour mark, Penicuik pressed for the third but the shot was deflected out for a corner. H/T 1-2.

The second half was 5mins old and Broughty thought they’d equalised, a cross into the box found Chris Liversedge at the far post, he headered the ball down, it hit the far post to scream from himself and Kevin Milne that it had crossed the line, but no goal given. 54mins a Penicuik freekick into the box was fired over the Fed’s bar and out. 58mins on the clock and Broughty were sliced open again. With the game being even, nothing happening, the visitors played right across the middle of the park pushing forward, the ball was put through and one on one with Ross in the goal it was slotted home, 1-3.

60secs later Penicuik penetrated Broughty’s weak midfield once again and broke upfield only to see the resulting shot wide of the goal post and out. 65mins and Penicuik were in control and brought a good save from Ross in the goal from close range. Then to make matters harder for the Fed, defender Ryan Blair was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on the left side reducing the Whitton Park side to ten men. Then to make matters even worse, another poor challenge from Broughty’s captain Jamie Winter saw him receive his second yellow card and was sent off by the match official and Broughty were reduced to nine men with now a mountain to climb to try and retrieve anything from the game.

80mins and Ross saved Broughty once again, this time off the line after a close-range effort in the box. 83mins a Broughty corner was met by Ryan Suttie running in at the far post by his effort was blocked and wide of the post. Three minutes later at the other end of the pitch and Suttie was blocking a goal-bound effort to deny the visitors a fourth goal. But right on 90mins the fourth goal eventually came for Penicuik, with Broughty pushing higher up the park, Penicuik broke and beat Broughty’s offside trap to slot past Ross again to make the final score 1-4.

Summing up, a very poor day at the office for Broughty. Never made their keeper make a single save compared to the amount of chances and goals that came against Carnoustie the previous week. The midfield was missing, nowhere to be seen and Penicuik took advantage, Some meaty challenges from both sides but only one side was penalised with two sending offs.

Man of the Match for the Fed, after a brief chat with the BAJFC management, only two names were mentioned for their efforts today, Iain Ross in the goal and right back Greig McNaughton. They went with Ross in the goal for the saves he made.

Team: Ross, Blair, Hay, Suttie, McNaughton, Winter, McWalter, Liversedge, Kesson, Milne, Robertson.

Subs used: Smith on for Kesson, McCord(Trialist) on for Milne.