Yet again, a poor home performance from Broughty Athletic saw them crash out of the East of Scotland Cup, the last cup competition of the season, as they lost 2-0 at home to fellow Super League side Fauldhouse United in the quarter-final clash at Whitton Park.
With a home game in the semi-final against Premier League side Dundonald Bluebell awaiting the winners, the visiting side took advantage against a poor Fed side, who also lost midfielder Jamie Winter to a straight red card midway through the first half.
Playing his last game for the club, defender Bastien Wibaut, partnered Barry Myles at the centre of defence. Upfront leading the attack line were Kevin Buchan and Stewart McConnachie. Missing were Brian Clark, Conor Samson, Keiron Ross and Jamie Sime with Grant Lawson and Jake Mair both still out injured.
It took until the 10th minute for some action to liven up a dull start in the blustery winds at Whitton Park and it was the visitors making Fed keeper Iain Ross tip the ball low past his post and out for a corner. From the corner, it was cleared off the line when a goal looked certain. 60 secs later Ryan Suttie saw his 25yrd effort fly wide past the post. In the 13th minute, Kevin Buchan’s shot went wide after he beat his man. Then on 19mins Broughty had the best chance to take the lead, Paul McLellan running down the left side, he cut the ball back to Stewart McConnachie but his attempt from several yards out went over the bar.
23mins on the clock and it was the turn of Paul Mclellan to take a shot but it was wide. Two minutes late Buchan tried again but again the wrong side of the post. Then on 27mins, the deadlock was finally broken, by the away side. A free-kick floated into the box was headed goalwards and into the bottom corner of the net,0-1. Then to make matters worse for the Fed, midfielder Jamie Winter was red carded for an off the ball incident two minutes after the goal and Broughty were down to ten men for the remainder of the first half.
The second half was really a non-event, Broughty were still in the game despite playing with ten men. A couple of half chances fell their way but no goals came. On 56mins Fauldhouse doubled their lead courtesy of a defensive mistake allowing their player to waltz through down the left, cut in a slice the ball into the net,0-2. 58mins Broughty had a glorious chance to pull one back but Buchan’s effort was well saved from a few yards out. Then on 77mins, a Jay Smart volley with his back to goal was well saved by the Fauldhouse keeper, F/T 0-2.
Summing up, yet another glorious chance for the Fed to progress in a cup competition but it wasn’t to be. Credit to Fauldhouse, they dug in, won the aerial battles and had a disciplined back four in defence. Broughty were a far cry from the side that won at Bo’ness the week before.
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Broughty are back in Super League action on Monday night when they travel to face Hill of Beath Hawthorn at Keirs Park, Fife.