BROUGHTY Athletic were on derby duty on Saturday when they made the short trip to face newly promoted Downfield.
With both sides starting the league campaign the previous week with defeats, they were intent on getting their season up and running with three points.
It was a great start from Broughty when they opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play. DAILLY raced clear in the right-hand side and lobbed the onrushing Downfield ‘keeper Thain from 25 yards.
The Fed had most certainly started the brighter of the two sides and MacLeod was next up, on the 11-minute mark, forcing a fine save from Thain from the edge of the box.
The visitors were working hard and closing down well, forcing the Downfield defence into errors.
Fed were making their possession pay and in the 30th minute TWEED headed powerfully home from a Stark corner kick to make it 2-0.
The Spiders’ first effort on target came five minutes before the break when the lively Murray saw his shot from distance go wide of the target.
The last opportunity of a good first period fell Broughty’s way when Dailly again tried to lob the Downfield ‘keeper, although this time Thain got back well to save.
Half-time: Downfield 0, Broughty Athletic 2.
Broughty had a chance inside five minutes of the restart when Tweed won a header which went to Myles just outside the box and the defender’s strike was well saved by Thain.
The home side were showing more urgency in the second half and Scott worked space inside the box although his effort was well saved by Fed keeper Cormack.
Broughty went three up in the game on the 60-minute mark when Myles did well to dispossess Ross and drive forward before squaring to DAILLY for the tap in to the empty net.
The Spiders got a goal back in the 71st minute when SCOTT went down in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and the striker made no mistake with the penalty.
The game had now opened up and only a combination of bad decision making by Broughty and offside decisions against them meant that Thain in the home goal had not been called into action since Downfield had scored.
The home side were showing good determination and forced a corner in the 82nd minute. Tronte’s inswinger was not well defended and that allowed COX a run and header beyond Cormack.
The last chance of the game fell Broughty’s way when an excellent passage of play fed in MacLeod. He took a touch before lifting the ball over Thain. Unfortunately his effort struck the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.
Referee Crawford, who had a good game throughout, brought to an end a game where Broughty collected their first away win and three points of the season.
A need to tighten up
Despite the win at Downfield Park, for the second successive week manager Kenny Cameron was not happy with the goals lost.
“It was a local derby and as such my players knew what to expect today. Downfield never gave the game up and battled away throughout,” he said.
“From our point of view, although disappointed with the goals we conceded, it is three points away from home in a really tight league and something which we can now build on.”