Tayport 0, Broughty Athletic 1
BROUGHTY Athletic travelled across the Tay on Saturday for their second DJ Laing League Cup tie against fellow Premier League outfit Tayport. With both sides winning their opening ties a keenly fought contest was anticipated.
The game started in a frantic manner with both sides seeing plenty of the ball although neither tested the ‘keepers.
The first opportunity of note fell the home side’s way when Cormack had to look lively to tip Manzie’s effort over the bar in the 20th minute.
The Fed were unlucky five minutes later when a cross-come-shot from Stark fell at the feet of Tweed but the big defender failed to connect properly and the chance was lost.
The visitors were very much in the game and a nice one-two between Stark and Lunan saw the ball drilled across the face of goal with no takers for the simple tap in.
The best chance of the half fell Broughty’s way in 42 minutes when Farquharson delivered the ball into the box and Dailly’s effort was cleared off the line and scrambled clear. Dailly got even closer to a goal when he had the ball in the net on the stroke of half time but the referee chalked off the effort for an infringement inside the box.
Half-time: Tayport 0, Broughty Athletic 0.
Broughty started off the second half well and first MacLeod and then Myles had great chances but neither hit the target and tested the ‘keeper. It was the visitors who were forcing a few corners now and Bertie had a chance at the back post but his header went just over.
The goal came Broughty’s way in 65 minutes. A throw-in by Myles was flicked on by Bertie and LUNAN reacted to head over Ferrie to give the Fed the lead.
Tayport were awarded a free kick just outside the area when Garrick appeared to nick the ball away from Manzie who ended up on the ground. Dead ball specialist Russell sent a tame effort into the wall and it was immediately cleared by an organised Broughty rearguard.
The homesters had another chance minutes later but substitute Welsh chose the wrong option and fired well wide of target when a cross might have been better.
Broughty continued to drive forward and after excellent work from Dailly 10 minutes from the end he found MacLeod whose net-bound effort unfortunately hit Lunan and the opportunity was lost. Then MacLeod was unlucky to see his shot from the edge of the box go inches over the bar with the ‘keeper beaten.
Broughty gave a disciplined performance against a fellow Premier League outfit, played well throughout and on chances created deserved the three points. The result takes Broughty to the top of the section but will also give them added confidence going into the league campaign.
Manager Kenny Cameron said: “I thought that was a fantastic team performance, with all my players working their socks off for the win. The new boys have fitted in brilliantly and there is a tremendous team spirit about the club and I think that was very much in evidence.
“We were disciplined throughout and managed to restrict Tayport to only one shot on target over the whole 90 minutes.
“The boys will take great confidence from both their performance and the result.”
DJ Laing League Cup
P W D L F A Pts
Broughty Athletic 2 2 0 0 4 2 6
Dundee North End 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
Tayport 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
Dundee Violet 2 0 0 0 2 4 9