Harsh lesson for Fed against Newtongrange

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BROUGHTY Athletic entertained Newtongrange Star at Whitton Park in a Premier League fixture on Saturday.

The Fed got off to the best possible start when DAILLY ran on to a through ball in the 11th minute before finishing well from just outside the box.

Some excellent build-up play minutes later saw Garrick fire inches wide of the target with Star ‘keeper McGarrie beaten.

It was two up to Broughty in 20 minutes when MYLES volleyed home from eight yards after a corner kick and everything seemed to be going the homesters’ way.

Incredibly, they had another fantastic opportunity to increase their lead but Tweed’s volley went just too high and the chance lost.

However, around the 30-minute mark, the game turned completely on its head as WOODBURN was allowed a free header from a corner and he bulleted the ball home from the edge of the box.

The visitors drew level in bizarre circumstances five minutes before the break. Only home goalie Cormack will know what he was doing when he rushed to the edge of his box to collect a through ball. He slid to gather but stopped the ball in its tracks to allow McDONALD the easiest of chances to side-foot into the empty net.

Half-time: Broughty Athletic 2, Newtongrange Star 2.

The visitors took the lead for the first time five minutes after the restart when, after Myles failed to clear the ball, FORBES spotted Cormack off his line and chipped the ball home from 30 yards out.

With Broughty now having to push forward in search of an equaliser they were caught on the break by a lively Star team in 67 minutes. Substitute Graham sprinted into the box and went around Cormack in the Broughty goal. He cut the ball back to the onrushing CHERRIE who finished high into the net.

The homesters were always looking dangerous going forward, trying to get something out of the game, but they were again caught on the break in the closing stages. A header back to Cormack by substitute Carnegie fell short and TURNER accepted the gift by rounding the ‘keeper before slotting home.

This was a disappointing result for Broughty in a game where, after starting well and going two goals up, individual errors again resulted in them losing some extremely poor defensive goals against a good Newtongrange team.

Manager’s comment

Manager Kenny Cameron said that the ability of Premier League teams to take advantage of opportunities was underlined on Saturday.

He stated: “First and foremost well done to Newtongrange Star. As you would expect at this level, they punished us to the full for our poor defensive decision-making throughout the game.

“It is fair to say that I am extremely frustrated as I felt it was a game we started brightly in and we could have had it won in the opening 25 minutes with the chances we created.

“As always in defeat we look at ourselves first and foremost and harsh lessons have been learned by everyone as you quite simply will stand no chance of winning football games if you lose goals in the manner we did.”