BROUGHTY Athletic were hoping to avoid adding to a run of three defeats when they welcomed Ballingry Rovers to Whitton Park on Saturday for their 17th Premier League game of the season.
Following a goalless first half, the home side took the lead in 75 minutes when a cross from Graeme Dailly was powerfully headed home by MARK BRASH.
The visitors equalised five minutes later when, after a defensive mix up, JAMES ADAMS fired home into the corner of the net.
A minute later Ballingry were reduced to ten men when Douglas Swan was shown a straight red car.
The Fed then also had a player sent off when Barry Myles was given a second yellow for a foul on the Rovers’ ‘keeper.
It was the visitors who found the net in the final minute when ADAM MOFFAT smashed the ball in off the bar.
There were still time for Broughty to score and they almost did with the final kick although Graeme Dailly saw his effort hit the junction of bar and post and John Farquharson saw his header drift over from five yards.
Broughty Athletic’s league position worsened after Saturday’s defeat, the ninth time the Fed have failed to win at Whitton Park.
With five fixtures left to play, the Ferry men remain in third bottom spot, two points behind Downfield, whose match in Armadale was abandoned following a bad leg break incident involving a visiting player. The Spiders have played one game less than Broughty.
Second bottom Armadale Thistle are three points behind Broughty but now have two games in hand and a much better goal difference. Broughty are away to bottom team Arniston Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).
Manager Kenny Cameron didn’t actually say: “I feel a draw would have been a fairer result,” but that was the essence of his post-match summary.
He commented: “I felt my players worked extremely hard and competed well throughout the 90 minutes and we are disappointed not to take a point from the game.”