Broughty Athletic wasted a hatful of chances to score and it cost them dearly as they went down 1-0 at home to Camelon today, handing the Fed their second Super League defeat in a row and dropping to third in the league table.
Still missing for the Fed were James Collier and Brian Clark, but in came Paul McLellan who missed last week’s Scottish Cup win.
Broughty started well and Kerr Hay’s header flew over the bar on 3mins from a Jamie McCunnie cross. Two minutes later Paul McLellan saw his long-range effort fly over the bar. 60secs later Broughty again had another chance, this time Ryan Suttie headed over the bar from a Ross McCord free-kick swung into the box. 11mins and Jay Smart tried his luck but he failed to connect fully to McCord’s cross and his effort was saved.
On 13mins saw the first half chance for the visitors, a freekick was blocked by the Fed wall and cleared. Then on 16mins Broughty thought they’d scored when McCord’s corner was headed past the post by Suttie when a goal looked certain. Within a minute Camelon broke upfield, the ball was crossed into the box and from 6yrds out it flew over the bar from the Camelon attacker. A left off for the home side when the goal was gaping. On 23mins a Camelon free kick was cleared, Danny Cavanagh played the long ball to Matty Adam but his long range effort was well wide.
Ross McCord tried his luck on 34mins but his shot went wide of the post. Three minutes later the visitors had a shot but it went the wrong side of Iain Ross’s goalpost and out. Then the final chance of the half fell to captain Jamie Winter, he was set up by McCord but his 35yrd effort skimmed over the crossbar. H/T 0-0.
The second half was four minutes old when the visitors stepped up a gear and if not for a superb save in the top corner by Ross they could have taken the lead. But on 52mins the deadlock was finally broken with the only goal of the game. A Camelon corner was swung in and cleared at the near post to the edge of the area where it was headed back into the bottom right corner of the net with no real challenge from a Fed player, 0-1. On 55mins the away side could have doubled their lead after a mistake in the Broughty defence but the shot was saved well by Ross. Then again on the hour mark, Ross was back in action, this time pulling off two point-blank saves keeping his side in the game.
On 65mins a Broughty corner was cleared and Camelon broke upfield three on two but again Ross saved well when a goal looked certain. 72mins Broughty could and should have equalized when McCord’s inswinging corner flew right into the 6yrd box only for Ryan Suttie, unchallenged, put the header wide with the littlest of touches despite an open goal in front of him. A Camelon corner on 74mins saw an overhead kick hit the Broughty post and cleared. Two minutes later Cavanagh raced down on goal but his weak shot was saved well.
Broughty pushed higher and higher for the equalizer but the Camelon defence stood solid and dealt with everything that was thrown at them and claimed the three points at the full-time whistle. F/T 0-1.
Summing up, a hatful of chances for Broughty to score but they just couldn’t find the net and it came back to haunt them in the second half. Both teams fought out a decent game of football, created some fantastic chances but a solid and organized Camelon defence saw them take the three points where some would argue a point each would have been enough for either side.
Man of the Match, it goes straight to Fed keeper Iain Ross. Not that it was a one-sided game but if not for his important and superb saves in the Broughty goal it could have been four or five goals to the visitors.