Broughty Athletic had to settle for a point after their 0-0 draw with Super League leaders Kelty Hearts today at Whitton Park despite a late onslaught looking for the winner that never came.
Going into the game the Fed were dealt a blow midweek when goalkeeper Iain Ross went down with a flu virus and sat out the game paving the way for young goalkeeper John Sinclair, just recently back from a bad ankle injury, to make his first league appearance in the goal this season. Grant Lawson also missed out through injury and Brian Clark was attending a wedding.
The game had very few chances for both sides at a very blustery Whitton Park but it took until the 17mins mark before a real chance fell to the away side. Fed captain Jamie Winter lost possession deep in his own half, the Kelty player ran down on goal with the ball with only John Sinclair to beat but he put pulled off a great save down to his left-hand post. The inswinging corner brought shouts and screams of handball against Winter but the referee gave nothing.
30mins on the clock and Ryan Blair thought he’d scored for Broughty but his effort was ruled off for a foul on his opposing player. 32mins and Paul McLellan tried his luck shooting from 20yrds out but his effort flew well over the bar. Another chance fell to Kelty, this time they screamed for a handball in the Broughty box but nothing was given. Despite more pressure from the visitors, they offered very little in the goal area as the halftime whistle went, H/T 0-0.
The second half was 10mins old when Kelty tried their luck, a 25yrd effort sailed over the bar and out of the park. 65mins and a Broughty short corner from McLellan found Ryan Blair, his fierce shot from 20yrds out brought out a fantastic save from the Kelty keeper and out for a corner. The following corner was swung in from McLellan but was saved on the line by the visiting keeper despite appeals from the Fed players it crossed the line.
More pressure from the home side as they pushed up the park nearly brought a goal on 76mins. Jamie McCunnie’s cross into the box skimmed past the head of Shaka Roy 10yrds out from goal. Broughty pushed upfield for the winner and nearly snatched it at the death with a couple of corners swung into the box but for no takers and defending from the Kelty defence. F/T 0-0.
Summing up, Kelty had more of the possession in the first half but never really took advantage of it. They resorted to punting the ball up the park from the back four as often as possible against the strong winds. The second half and Broughty came more into the game and dominated in parts. Several corners and half-chances could have brought the winner against the league leaders but Broughty had to settle for a point.
Man of the Match for the Fed, several in the team done very well, namely Jamie McCunnie and Barry Myles in the heart of the three-man defence but it goes to young John Sinclair in the goal. Making your league debut against the runaway league leaders, he pulled off two great saves and was comfortable throughout the ninety minutes with his teammates in front of him. Special mention has to go out to the Kelty lady supporter with her shouts of “They’re defending like every other team who play us, with two banks of five and a four”!!!
F/T BAJFC 0-0 Kelty Hearts
Match action photos will appear early Sunday morning…