BROUGHTY entertained league leaders St Andrews United on Saturday at Whitton Park with both sides on the back of good wins the previous week.
As a result, each manager stuck with the same starting eleven.
Broughty kicked off but the visitors opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a dangerous Fotheringham free kick was nodded home by DAMMER.
The Fed almost equalised a minute later but Dailly sent his effort just wide of the target.
Saints went two up in the eighth minute in a lively opening spell when SUTHERLAND chased a long ball before controlling it well and side-footing home under Cormack in the Broughty goal.
The visitors stunned the hosts in the 11th minute when they went three ahead as FOTHERINGHAM brilliantly headed home from the edge of the box from a corner kick.
Saints almost increased their lead in the 20th minute but the dangerous Sutherland just failed to connect and the opportunity was lost.
The Fed had a chance 10 minutes later when Raffell found space, but Bennett in the St Andrews goal pushed the shot out for a corner.
A dangerous free kick delivered into the box from Smith was cleared away by Suttie and the chance was gone.
Just as Broughty thought the day could not get any worse the visitors scored right on half time when PATRICK finished from the edge of the box in off the post.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic 0, St Andrews United 4.
Broughty immediately made a change at half time with Craik coming on.
But it was five up to Saints when, after a defensive mix-up, Mushin ran down the wing before squaring to SUTHERLAND who had the easiest job tapping home.
Things went from bad to worse in the 60th minute for the Fed when, after using all three subs, Burns limped off leaving the home side to play the remainder of the game with 10 men.
To their credit Broughty never gave up and scored when DAILLY reduced the deficit in the 67th minute after good play from Winter.
Saints only pressed forward again and MUSHIN scored the goal of the game in the 75th minute when he cut inside before drilling the ball home from just outside the box.
The Fed scored their second of the afternoon in the 80th minute when WINTER fired a free kick high into the net from 25 yards.
With the last kick of the game Saints sub DIGNAN fired home from inside the box to round off an extremely disappointing day for Broughty.
The day’s other results: Thornton Hibs 3, Carnoustie Panmure 3; Ballingry Rovers 2, Whitburn Juniors 1; Broxburn Athletic 3, Penicuik Athletic 0; Glenrothes 1, Arniston Rangers 2; Kinnoull 0, Armadale Thistle 1.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Broughty Athletic entertain Bankfoot in a GA Engineering Cup tie, with a 2.30 kick-off.