GA Cup is gone with the wind as Fed lose in final minute

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IT WAS a day of disappointment for Broughty Athletic on Saturday, when the GA Engineering Cup was snatched from their grasp in the final seconds of a very windy 90 minutes.

Indeed, both sides knew that the wind was going to play a major role in proceedings at Downfield Park, Dundee, and so it was that the players struggled against the elements.

Broughty took the lead in the 15th minute when a header from CRAIK was deflected home by Gowans.

And it was two up to the Fed on the stroke of half-time when ALLAN prodded the ball home from close range.

Half-time: Broughty Athletic 2, Dundee North End 0.

The Dokens came more into it in the second half when ‘keeper Cormack barged into Duncan and the referee awarded a penalty on the hour mark.

The Dundee side’s GLENNIE made no mistake from the spot.

And as Broughty defended as well as they could, North End’s substitute KELLY finished well in the 80th minute, to level the scores tantalisingly.

But it was North End who won it in the final minute when indecision in the Broughty defence allowed PERCY time to assess the situation, and he side-booted home to give his side the win.

After the final whistle, a disappointed Fed manager, Kenny Cameron, was magnanimous in his praise for the victorious side.

He said: “First and foremost can I congratulate Davie and his players on their win today and we wish them all the best in their cup final next week.”

The boss continued: “From our point of view however it goes without saying that we are disappointed with our performance today as I feel we never really got started, and failed to come to terms with the difficult conditions.

“The players have set themselves standards with their displays in the Premier League this season but unfortunately did not come close to those today.

“Looking at the season as a whole though, priority number one was always going to be consolidating in such a competitive league and everyone can quite rightly be proud of their efforts.

“We will all now take a break before regrouping again for the challenges that lie ahead next season.”

The club has confirmed that, after three seasons’ involvement, popular physiotherapist Danni Mills has left the club and returned to her native Liverpool following the completion of her studies at Abertay University.

Mr Cameron said: “Many thanks go to Danni for her time at the club. She did a great job at the club, amongst other things devising various stretching activities for the players.

“She was also great fun to have around the place and was always well respected by all the players”.

As a result of Danni’s departure Broughty Athletic is keen to secure the services of another physio and in this regard the club can be contacted via broughtyathletic@yahoo.co.uk

The Fed’s season is now over, but Penicuik play Armadale on Saturday in the last league match of the season.

And in the Premier League on Saturday, visitors Penicuik Athletic had a 2-1 victory over Glenrothes.

l The club’s website writer has noticed a peculiar statistic about the Fed and the GA Engineering Cup.

The webmaster wrote: “It’s a Fed fact!

“In the past three seasons Broughty Athletic’s interest in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup has been ended by a team which has gone on to reach the final - Kelty Hearts, Largs Thistle and Musselburgh Athletic.

“Each of these victors over the Whitton Parkers has then fallen at the final hurdle - so clearly no team will want to beat Broughty in the Junior Cup next season!”