Broughty Athletic won 3-1 on penalties
IT TOOK penalty kicks at Banchory St Ternan’s Milton Park on Saturday to see Broughty Athletic progress in the GA Engineering Cup at the expense of a lively home side in an open game.
The home team went ahead after just five minutes when, in a bizarre incident, Connor SCULLEY sent a speculative lob high into the corner of the net from just inside the box.
The visitors equalised in 62 minutes when Graeme Dailly sent Ross BROWNE clear and the latter lobbed home from just outside the box to score his first goal for the Fed.
In an entertaining tie both sides created numerous chances but again it was the home side which went ahead 15 minutes from the end in controversial circumstances. SCULLEY, from what looked to be a suspiciously offside position, raced through one-on-one with ‘keeper Cormack and side-footed home.
The Whitton Parkers pushed for the equaliser and only some fantastic saves from Banchory shotstopper Grant Sim denied first Brash and then Lunan in quick succession.
The Fed deservedly equalised with two minutes remaining when Ross LUNAN crashed the ball home from five yards.
Alan Cormack saved three of the home side’s four spot kicks and with Broughty scoring all three of theirs it was Broughty who advanced to the quarter final stages of the competition.
Manager Kenny Cameron was pleased with his side’s showing on Deeside.
He commented: “I thought it was a good game with both sides creating lots of chances throughout. We showed a fantastic team spirit once again to lose such a late goal, in the last quarter of an hour, and battle back to equalise.
“We have an excellent record in penalty shoot-outs and I am pleased that we maintained that record to progress in the competition.”
He concluded: “Our thanks to Banchory for their hospitality and we wish them well for the remainder of the season.”
Just a glance at the Premier League table is all that’s needed to realise that tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Broughty v Downfield match is one not to miss.
Many people’s favourites for an immediate return to the North Division, the spirited Spiders have countered such predictions by gradually picking up Premier points. Recently they moved off the bottom of the table and are now just two places and four points behind the Fed.