BROUGHTY Athletic were back on Premier League duty on Saturday when they shared the spoils with high-flying Oakley United in a 2-2 draw at Whitton Park.
After watching his side lead and then go behind, manager Kenny Cameron was pleased with the guts shown by his players to grab a point.
He said: “I thought it was an excellent game with my side showing great character to come back so late to equalise against a very good Oakley side.
“We have now taken points off the top three sides in the league as it stands just now and we can obviously take many positives from that as well as great confidence going into the remainder of the season.”
Experienced campaigners Murray McDowell, Lee Dair and Ryan Blackadder took starting places in the visitors’ team.
New signing Martin Flynn was included in the homesters’ squad which also featured a few faces who had been missing recently.
Oakley kicked off the game and immediately won a free kick 30 yards out, which Blackadder hit past the post. Broughty had a free kick of their own in the sixth minute which Myles won although there was no-one nearby to collect the dangerous second ball.
In a lively opening period Morrison found space for the visitors on the edge of the box in the 15th minute but his shot from the angle was gathered by Cormack in the Broughty goal.
Next up was the home side when Lunan broke clear on the right. He found space for the cross and when it was delivered into the box it was met by Kadela, who shot wide at the near post. It really was end-to-end action and Blackadder volleyed over 10 minutes later from a Dair corner kick.
It was Fed who opened the scoring in the 30th minute when DAILLY burst clear of the Oakley defence before cutting inside Sinclair to shoot into the corner of the goal past ‘keeper Bowers.
Kadela had another chance minutes later but shot over from the edge of the box from a good position.
The visitors were seeing plenty possession with the dangerous Blackadder picking out the passes. Broughty were being forced back as their defence was standing firm.
Minutes before the break Dailly again broke clear but defender Conners did just enough to get across and stop the danger.
The last chance of the half fell Oakley’s way as Cormack raced out to dive at McDowell’s feet.
The referee blew for the end of an entertaining first half which saw plenty of chances created by both sides. Only a clinical finish by Dailly separated the sides.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic 1, Oakley United 0.
The visitors were again straight onto the attack and Cormack did well to come and gather a high ball in his box in the opening minutes.
Right winger Dodd was seeing plenty of the ball and creating problems with his pace. From one of his crosses Morrison was just unable to connect.
However, the visitors equalised in the 60th minute after yet another free kick was awarded by the referee in the middle of the park.
When the ball reached Dodd he got to the bye-line before crossing for McDOWELL to header home into the corner of the net.
The game was being played at a frantic pace and Allan saw a snap shot from distance deflected behind for a corner kick.
Minutes later Broughty’s defence was cut in two after a fine passage of play from the visitors, but Morrison really should have done better than volley wide from the ball into the box.
It was a good spell from Oakley, who were putting the Fed defence under pressure in search of a goal.
Broughty broke on the right and when Myles delivered into the box Dailly glanced his header goalwards but it went just over Bower’s goal.
Oakley then took the lead in the 80th minute when a ball was squared across the face of goal and RITCHIE finished at the back post.
But Broughty went straight up the park and equalised. Farquharson found space on the left and went shoulder to shoulder with Ross.
The decision went in the home side’s favour this time and LUNAN nodded home the ball.
The game was really opening up with both sides now going for the winner.
Ogilvie had to look lively in the next Oakley attack when he was in a good position to deal with Ritchie’s dangerous ball into the box. From the resultant corner kick Flynn turned the ball away from the line.
Lunan had a great opportunity in the 87th minute when he turned his marker on the edge of the box but dragged the ball just wide of the target.
That was not the end of the goalmouth action however as both sides had great chances to gain the three points in the last minute.
First up were the visitors when Dodd again did really well to find space and deliver a cross into the box. It was met by the on-rushing Ritchie whose header went straight into the arms of Cormack.
Broughty immediately broke upfield and Torrance out paced the defence before beating the keeper.
Coming in from the angle and with a free goal the young striker’s effort incredibly hit the post and the ball went behind for a goal kick to the visitors.
But with the scores level at full-time both sides had to settle for a point a piece.