Fed fight back for D.J. Laing Cup victory

Broughty Athletic 3,

Dundee North End 2

BROUGHTY Athletic kicked off their season with a D.J. Laing Cup tie at a sunny Whitton Park against Dundee North End on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors pushed forward from the kick off and a Stewart ball into the box had to be dealt with by Myles who cleared away the danger.

Former Harp defender Kelly was next up for the visitors but his effort in the 10th minute went wide of the post.

Broughty’s best early chance came in 18 minutes when a ball was played to Lunan who turned sharply inside the box but dragged his shot narrowly wide from an excellent position.

Broughty’s Tweed had a chance with a header minutes later but his effort looped over Fotheringham’s bar.

The Fed went behind in 35 minutes when PERCY scored with a direct free kick from 22 yards out.

Broughty pushed forward again and kept creating chances. Bertie was next to have a shot but his effort was saved by Fotheringham.

The home team thought that they had equalised minutes before half-time but Dailly’s shot flew inches wide with the ‘keeper beaten.

Half-time: Broughty Athletic, 0 North End 1.

Broughty started the second half as they had ended the first - on the attack - and Stark had a go from distance but his shot failed to trouble the North End number one.

The visitors scored their second seven minutes after the restart in controversial circumstances. FLYNN’S shot from fully 30 yards deceived Cormack in the Broughty goal and ended up in the back of the net although a North End striker appeared to be in an offside position standing in front of the ‘keeper.

The linesman spotted the infringement and raised his flag to give the decision but he was over-ruled by the referee and the goal stood, much to the frustration of the home side.

Broughty got a goal back in 57 minutes to bring them right back into the game when DAILLY scored from a Farquharson corner kick.

The Fed were really pushing forward now and Lunan saw a shot go just wide of the target.

The home side deservedly equalised in 71 minutes when LUNAN nodded home a cross from the left.

The game had suddenly opened up with chances being created at both ends and Bertie had to be alive to clear the danger from Evans.

However, Broughty’s sustained pressure paid off and the home team went ahead for the first time in nine minutes from the end when LUNAN found space in the box to head home from eight yards.

Four minutes later only a fantastic Fotheringham save denied Dailly’s netbound header. The last chance of the game fell to Allen but again Fotheringham made a decent stop to deny the Fed player.

Manager’s comment

Manager Kenny Cameron noted a number of pleasing aspects to yesterday’s opening day performance.

He said: “As expected it was a tough game against a good North End team. I thought that my players showed a great team spirit and determination to fight back from two goals down to win the game and collect the three points.”