BROUGHTY Athletic made the long trip north on Saturday to face Buckie Rovers in the second round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.
The Fed travelled with a greatly depleted squad with eight players missing for a variety of reasons. With only 10 fit players, the injured Iain MacLeod was forced to start and assistant manager Fraser Mann took up the one substitute’s place.
There was a strong breeze blowing down the park at kick-off arrived. The visitors started off brightly and Kadela whipped in a cross from the right although the Rovers ‘keeper gathered well.
In 10 minutes Lunan was inches away from connecting with a dangerous ball into the box from Kadela. With the wind getting stronger both sides were struggling to get the ball down and pass it around.
Brash picked up a ball 30 yards out before driving forward and shooting just over the Buckie bar in 22 minutes.
The home side won their first corner eight minutes later but it was well dealt with by the Broughty defence and cleared away from the danger area.
It was Broughty who opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval when LUNAN headed home from six yards after the home sides failed to clear their lines.
Lunan again had a chance minutes later when he turned sharply but his shot from distance went just wide of the target.
The Fed doubled their lead in 41 minutes when MACLEOD shot home from the edge of the box after good work by Garrick on the left.
Half-time: Buckie Rovers 0, Broughty Athletic 2.
Broughty pushed on from the start of the second half for the killer third goal and were unlucky when a cross into the box was just missed by the onrushing MacLeod at the back post.
The Fed were passing the ball well and were in control of the game. Following good link up play involving Garrick and MacLeod the ball found Lunan who shot just wide of the target.
It took until the 67th minute for the visitors to again find the net. A through ball on the left found MacLeod who turned and hooked his shot goalwards.
The big Rovers ‘keeper could only parry the ball out to the alert LUNAN who neatly tucked it home from five yards out.
It was four up for the Fed in 75 minutes when a Kadela cross into the box was hammered home by BRASH, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
With the home side tiring, Broughty were creating plenty of chances with first MacLeod and then Garrick just missing out. The goal of the game, and Broughty’s fifth, came in 82 minutes when STARK smashed a fine 25-yard free kick into the top corner of the net.
The home side grabbed a consolation goal minutes before the end when a ball was allowed to be played too easily into the box and the Buckie striker finished well.
Manager Kenny Cameron looked back on a successful outcome to a day of trying circumstances.
He said: “As always it was good to win and I felt we were good value for our victory. We were well and truly down to the bare bones, squad-wise, with some having to play although carrying injuries. It shows a great attitude from my players.
“Many thanks to everyone at Buckie Rovers for their hospitality throughout the day and we wish them well for the remainder of the season.”