Broughty Athletic are through to the quarter-finals of the GA Engineering Cup after brushing aside their North Region Super League hosts, Stonehaven FC, on a heavy soaked Glenury Park.
The game was in doubt from the minute of arrival, with the pitch very heavy and soaking in places, a pitch you wouldn’t think would handle the game let alone people walking on it! The match officials gave the go-ahead and it was game on.
Broughty started with the same back four against Linlithgow last week, and brought in Stewart McConnachie upfront for the suspended Bryan Duell. Ryan Suttie started on the bench and Kieron Ross was brought into the squad.
From the off Broughty pressed their hosts and controlled the game in chances and play. Kevin Buchan showed his intentions as early as 4mins when he left-footed shot went the wrong side of the post after being put through by Grant Lawson. Two minutes later it was Lawson to test their keeper and he saved well again. Within 60secs, The Fed’s Dougie Cameron tried his luck from the left but again his effort was saved and so was the rebound effort from Lawson again.
But the pressure paid off in the ninth minute when unchallenged Stewart McConnachie let rip a shot from just inside the box and found the back of the net with a slight deflection, 0-1. On 19mins Broughty should have doubled their lead but somehow Barry Myles from 4yrds out put his effort over the bar. 22 mins and the hosts managed to pull a goal back. Another Broughty chance, Buchan’s header at the back post, was saved and Stonehaven broke downfield, their striker cutting past the idle Broughty defence and slotting home in the bottom right corner, 1-1.
Normal service was resumed as in chance ofter chance for Broughty. Paul McClellan cutting in the left but shooting over the bar. Paul Lunan trying his luck with a 25yrd screamer, but it skimmed the outside of the post. Buchan again had another effort saved as did Jamie Winter, shooting wide. In the last minute of the first half, it was the hosts that could have taken the lead after a stramash in the Broughty box saw keeper Iain Ross saving the potential effort on goal. H/T 1-1.
Second half and Broughty continued to waste more chances. Jamie Winter’s saw his 20yrd free-kick effort saved by the keeper on 52mins. Paul Lunan again shot past the post on 55mins. Then on the 57mins mark Broughty restored their lead courtesy of a wonder strike from Kevin Buchan, on the left wing, he cut inside took a lookup and let fly. The ball flew over the keeper and into the top corner of the net, 1-2. He again had the chance to double his tally two minutes later but his effort was saved with no takers for the rebound.
63mins Winter’s had another try, this time being fed from Lunan he saw his shot fly past the left-hand post and out. McConnachie’s corner on 67mins found Winter 25yrds out and he volleyed goalwards but once again his effort was saved. Then on 71mins, the home side managed to equalize again. Jamie McCunnie lost possession deep inside Broughty’s half and a low shot found it’s way into the back of the net, 2-2. Broughty had the chance to re-take the lead on 73mins but Buchan’s penalty hit the post after McConnachie was felled in the box.
Then it was all but over for the hosts as Grant Lawson skipped past his markers at the edge of the box and stabbed home Broughty’s third goal on 82mins, 2-3. And to round off a good day at the office, Kevin Buchan met Paul Lunan’s cross after a storming run down the left and slotted home the fourth goal on 88mins, 2-4.
Overall, a great display with umpteen efforts that could have easily been goals on another day from the Broughty side. Chances do need to be put away though. Stonehaven were good on the break but for solid defending from Barry Myles and Bastien Wibaut. The pitch didn’t help either but both sets of players contributed to a good game of football considering. Must also mention, the match official, let the game be played like it should be, barely used his whistle all game and told the players to get on with it, after all, it’s a contact sport.
And the hospitality laid on at the park from our hosts on a cold wet, windy day was fantastic, a credit to Junior football.
Match photo’s are now available in the ‘PHOTOS’ section from Saturday’s game…