BROUGHTY Athletic are through to the fourth round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup following a 2-1 win over Blantyre Vics in the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Saturday.
With Castle Park deemed unplayable after a 9 a.m. inspection, the tie went ahead at the impressive Ravenscraig indoor arena, the tie thus making history as the first competitive indoor match to be played in Scotland.
It was Vics who adapted to the conditions better and they were soon on the attack. Ex-Dundee FC player Boylan had a shot from distance which was well gathered by Cormack.
The ‘home’ side had the better of the opening exchanges and winger Whyte saw a cross-cum-shot drift just wide in the 15th minute.
Broughty came more into the game after 20 minutes or so and began to pass the ball much better on the surface although never really threatening the Vics’ goal.
Farquharson had a great opportunity to put Broughty ahead in 27 minutes but he lifted his shot over from a good position inside the box.
It was end to end stuff although neither team really had any end product.
Blantyre continued to look the more likely team to score however and Cormack had to look lively to rush from his line to deny the onrushing Mallon.
But it was Broughty who eventually opened the scoring in 43 minutes with a well worked goal.
Good link up play between Allan and Stark saw the ball delivered into the box. Farquharson headed across goal for DAILLY to pounce and finish from close range.
Half-time: Blantyre Victoria 0, Broughty Athletic 1.
The second half started with both sides showing that they wanted to progress to the next round.
The dangerous Whyte again found himself in a good position on the left although his delivery into the box just failed to reach Mallon and the opportunity was lost.
Broughty thought that they had doubled their lead in 57 minutes when Myles played the ball into the box. Allan controlled and fired the ball home although the referee saw differently and chalked the goal off for offside, much to the anger of the Broughty players. Farquharson was booked for his protests.
Vics equalised in the 67th minute when a long diagonal ball forward by Arbuckle found substitute FLETCHER who showed great composure before beating his marker, rounding the ‘keeper and slotting home.
However, Broughty regained the lead with a minute to go when, after some fine work by Winter, the ball was played into the box and finished off from close range by CRAIK.
Vics’ last opportunity of the game fell Dorran’s way but he saw his shot from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by Cormack.
Fed manager Kenny Cameron said after the match: “This was a very special if highly unusual day which finished with the result that everyone with a Broughty allegiance had hoped for.”
However, the match against Blantyre Vics was as difficult as the manager had anticipated and he paid tribute to the spirit of his squad and support staff and the quality of the opposition.
He continued: “Having watched Vics personally, together with the reports we had back on them, we knew that they have some decent players and are very much in a false position at the bottom of their league. However, we have a great togetherness and team spirit at Broughty and I thought that was very much in evidence today in our victory.
“Now everyone at Broughty can look forward to playing East Superleague team Musselburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish at Whitton Park next weekend.”