Fed knocked out of DJ Laing League Cup

Lochee United 2,

Broughty Athletic 0

BROUGHTY Athletic lost 2-0 in Wednesday’s DJ Laing League Cup semi-final at Thomson Park, Lochee United scoring a goal in each half.

The Bluebells will now meet fellow Super League side Carnoustie Panmure in the final.

Dundee Violet 1,

Broughty Athletic 1

FOR THEIR final group match on Saturday, the Fed travelled to Glenesk Park to meet North Division outft Violet knowing that a draw would be enough to see them advance to the semi-final stages of the DJ Laing League Cup.

There were former players on both sides, none more notable than the evergreen Bobby Brown who was playing as a trialist for the homesters.

Broughty were first to threaten in the opening stages when Brash burst clear and it took a good tackle from new signing Thompson to clear the danger.

They had started the game well and created a chance in 10 minutes when, after good play involving Dailly and Farquharson, the ball was played to the back post where Garrick unfortunately could not direct his header goalwards.

Violet had a half chance in the 15th minute when Grant saw his shot from 25 yards gathered by Cormack in the Broughty goal.

The best opportunity so far fell Broughty’s way when excellent play on the right eventually saw Myles whip a ball into the box.

Lunan was unlucky to see his effort well saved by Violet ‘keeper Kelly at the near post.

MacLeod raced clear in 30 minutes but with only the ‘keeper to beat he sent his shot whizzing just over the bar.

From a corner kick the home side carved out a chance when Leahy’s dead ball was met by former Fed defender Brown and he glanced his header wide of target.

MacLeod again found space at the edge of the box although his fierce drive went over the bar without really troubling Kelly in Violet’s goal.

Half time: Dundee Violet 0, Broughty Athletic 0.

Broughty should have opened the scoring inside the first five minutes of the second half when Farquharson burst clear after a through ball from Garrick.

He squared it to Dailly but Thompson did really well to get back and block the striker’s effort.

The Fed were seeing lots of possession and Stark delivered a great ball into the box in 55 minutes which was met by Lunan’s head. Goalie Kelly fumbled the header but the ball drifted agonisingly wide.

There was another chance for the visitors 10 minutes later although again Thompson, who was having an excellent game, did well to deny Lunan a shooting opportunity.

The home side opened the scoring in 71 minutes when McCONNACHIE ran on to a through ball and finished neatly into the corner of the net.

Broughty brought the tie level inside four minutes when they were awarded a penalty after DAILLY was barged inside the box.

The striker picked himself up and finished well from 12 yards.

The last clear-cut chance of the game fell Broughty’s way when, after a fine move, Garrick found himself free inside the box with only the ‘keeper to beat but he blasted over and the opportunity was lost.

The referee brought an end to a game in which Broughty had created all the best chances.

However, a draw was enough to see them advance to the semi-final stages of the competition.