BROUGHTY Athletic travelled to the impressive Albyn Park to face high flying Broxburn Athletic in a Premier League match on Saturday.
It took Fed time to settle on the astroturf pitch, with the home side having the better of the opening exchanges.
However, Broughty were managing to keep the game relatively tight against a side which has had an excellent home record this year.
The home side was reduced to 10 men in the 20th minute when Dailly raced clear, only to be cynically pulled down by Cairns just outside the box before the Fed forward could shoot.
The referee had no hesitation in sending the Broxburn defender off. Winter fired the resultant free kick straight at the goalie.
Broughty took the lead in the 25th minute when, after a good free kick into the box, SMITH struck the ball home from close range after Maley had fumbled.
The home side equalised in the 35th minute when Cormack was deceived by the bounce of the ball and SHIELDS prodded home.
Dailly had a great chance to score for the Fed when he was put through but he shot wide and an excellent opportunity was lost. It was the same player who had a chance a couple of minutes later when he headed wide from a Smith cross.
Broughty were making the man advantage count and were playing some fantastic one-touch football. Raffell had another great chance from just inside the box but his effort drifted just wide of the post.
The visitors deservedly went ahead in the 40th minute when Dailly was brought down in the box by ‘keeper Maley. SMITH made no mistake from the spot.
Broxburn Athletic were reduced to nine men right on half-time when KICZUNSKI received a second yellow for remarks made to the referee.
Half-time: Broxburn Athletic 1 Broughty Athletic 2.
Broxburn started off the half on the attack and a free kick from Millar went over the bar.
The Fed were pushing forward looking for the killer next goal and were unlucky when a Bertie header was cleared to safety from the goal-line by a Broxburn defender.
The home side was gifted a goal to bring them back in the game in the 60th minute when the referee awarded what can at best be described as a soft penalty.
The ball was played into the box and the referee blew his whistle. With everyone thinking it was for an offside decision the official pointed to the spot and booked Bertie for what he considered an infringement on Shields. Substitute Burns was also shown a yellow for his protests.
Once everything had calmed down JEFFREY made no mistake to square the match.
This most certainly gave the home side a lift, with Broughty being pushed back for a while.
Myles had a great chance in the 70th minute but his free header from six yards went over the bar.
Millar burst forward for the home side although he was well tackled by Bertie and the opportunity lost.
Winter was next up for Broughty when he was played in by O’Leary but his shot from the edge of the box went agonisingly over.
Broxburn were not giving up on scoring either, and Cormack had to look alert to block Young’s shot from the edge of the box.
Winter won a free kick from 25 yards out in the 78th minute and his netbound effort was brilliantly saved by the Broxburn ‘keeper.
The chance of the half fell to Etchells with three minutes remaining when he found space inside the box and with only the ‘keeper to beat his shot was blocked by the alert Maley and the ball was again cleared from the danger area.
Full points on Wednesday
The Fed travelled to Tulloch Park in Perth on Wednesday for a league game against Kinnoull.
The result was a very satisfactory Kinnoull 1, Broughty Athletic 2.
The updated league table is printed on the back page.
Full fixture list
Tomorrow (Saturday), Broughty Athletic have another away fixture in the ACA Sports East Premier League when they play Whitburn at Central Park with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off.
On Monday they play an East of Scotland Cup Quarter-final at home to Dundee North End, with a 6.45 p.m. kick-off.
And the Fed are in action again only 48 hours later with Wednesday’s league game against Glenrothes, again at home, kick-off 6.45 p.m.