BROUGHTY entertained North Superleague outfit Sunnybank on Saturday at Whitton Park in the semi-finals of the GA Engineering Cup.
It was a re-run of last year’s final, when the visitors ran out comprehensive winners.
Sunnybank forced a corner in the opening minute but it was dealt with by the Broughty defence and cleared to safety.
Winter forced Sunnybank ‘keeper Sweeney into action in the 10th minute, when he dived to save the Fed player’s shot from distance.
Broughty ‘keeper Cormack was called into action in the 20th minute when he saved well from a Murray shot.
In the 25th minute the home side went ahead in a tight game when, following a clearance from Sunnybank, the ball broke to FARQUHARSON and he finished well from outside the box.
That pushed the Fed forward in search of a second and minutes later they were unlucky not to double their lead when a Winter free kick was inches away from the onrushing Dailly.
The final chance of the half fell Broughty’s way when Allan drove forward and his shot from outside the box was well saved by the impressive Sweeney in the visitors’ goal.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic, 1 Sunnybank 0.
Sunnybank came out for the second half fired up, and Greig did well on the right before seeing his effort saved by Cormack.
Broughty were being forced backwards against a good Aberdeen team and a neat one-two resulted in Bartlett having a shot although it was cleared by the home defence.
The Fed’s first venture of the half upfield, in the 55th minute, saw Craik played through after neat build-up play. The far side linesman deemed Craik to be in an offside position, much to the disbelief of everyone inside Whitton Park. Craik was eventually booked for his protests.
The visitors drew level in the 60th minute when, after poor home defending, JACK shot into the corner of the net.
Broughty almost produced an instant reply when Craik found space on the left before picking out Winter whose shot was brilliantly turned around the post by Sweeney.
Sunnybank had the ball in the net in the 72nd minute but the linesman rightly deemed Bartlett in an offside position.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Thomson received a second yellow and was sent off.
Broughty went ahead in the 79th minute with the goal of the game. Stark and Allan combined down the left and the ball was played deep into the back post area. The ball found the unmarked RAFFELL who volleyed home, via the post, to put the Fed 2-1 up.
Sunnybank number 10 Bartlett was next to leave the field in the 83rd minute when he also received a second yellow and was dismissed.
‘Birdie’ CRAIK sealed the win in the 86th minute when he finished well from eight yards.
The last chance fell to the home side when substitutes Watt and McKillen combined, only for the former see his header go inches over.
On Wednesday the Fed travelled to play an ACA Sports East Region Premier League against Ballingry Rovers at Ore Park, Glencraig, Fife.
The result was Ballingry Rovers 1, Broughty Athletic 2. See updated table on back page.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Fed entertain Broxburn Athletic at Whitton Park in a league game, with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off.