Broughty Athletic went down 1-0 to visitors Bo’ness United this afternoon in a game where the home side more than matched their visitors in the sunshine at Whitton Park.

The Fed once again started with Kevin Buchan and Shaka Roy upfront, new signing Drew Fleming (pictured below) made his debut partnering Ryan Suttie in the heart of the defence. Frankie Lannen kept his deserved place at right back.

There wasn’t too much to shout about during the whole ninety minutes of the game to be fair. The first chance of only a couple on offer fell to the visitors after just 3mins, heading over inside the box from a left-sided cross. Then again on 13mins Bo’ness tried their luck, this time a blistering low 30yrd effort superbly saved by Fed keeper Iain Ross at his right-hand post.

Despite several upfield advances from Broughty, the Bo’ness stood well and dealt with what was put against them, as did the Broughty defence. Both sides had plenty of possession despite the very blustery conditions at the park and went in at halftime 0-0.

The second half was only 3mins old when Grant Lawson found Ross McCord but his 2oyrd effort went wide of the post and out for a goal kick. Then on 51mins Broughty had another great chance to go ahead, this time Buchan’s cross found the head of Shaka Roy but his header glanced past the post. Broughty at this point were on the up and should have taken the lead on 57mins. A corner was swung in from the far side and defender Ryan Suttie was totally unchallenged but manage to skim the ball past the post from his header when any form of solid connection would have brought a certain goal.

The deadlock was finally broken on 67mins and it went the visitor’s way. A needless free kick was flighted into the Broughty box but Suttie couldn’t header the ball outwards, it went back across the goal towards to the far post where it was tapped in by the Bo’ness player, 0-1.

One final chance fell to the home side as they pushed upfield for the equaliser, Lawson with a fine run down the right side, he crossed low into the box, the keeper missed it but no Fed player was on hand to tuck it away sadly. F/T 0-1

Summing up, beautiful day for football despite the blustery conditions. Wasn’t the best for chances on goal as they were few and far between. Great disciplined display from Broughty against a decent Bo’ness side. A freak goal settled the game where no one would have grumbled if a 0-0 draw was played out. Special mention and thanks to the fans of Bo’ness who visited the park in good numbers and we hope you enjoyed your time in our clubrooms before and during the game.

Man of the Match, Broughty defender Jamie McCunnie, controlled the Fed’s game sitting in front of the back four, played out some great passes and moves. Special mention to debutant Drew Fleming who just signed late on Thursday night. Settled in well at the back and played a good game.

F/T : BAJFC 0-1 Bo’ness United