Last-gasp counter denies Fed

BROUGHTY Athletic travelled north to Crombie Park in Peterculter on Saturday to face North Superleague team Culter in the quarter-finals of the GA Engineering Cup

As always the park was in excellent condition and a keenly fought game was expected.

Broughty opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Dailly and Myles combined for the ball to be played into the box where ROSS LUNAN held off his marker well and fired past Farquhar in the Culter goal.

The Fed almost doubled their lead five minutes later but Kevin Garrick’s effort went just wide of the target and the chance was lost.

The home side equalised in 27 minutes when Youngson threaded the ball through to JAMIE McALLISTER who also finished well from just inside the area.

It was a cracking cup-tie played at a high tempo with both sides seeing much of the ball and creating lots of chances.

However, it was Broughty who again went ahead, this time from a corner kick 10 minutes from the break. From Graham Allan’s pinpoint delivery BARRY MYLES bulleted his header high into the net giving the Culter ‘keeper no chance.

Culter equalised five minutes later with a dubious looking goal. Broughty’s Gary Ogilvie was clearly impeded as he went to clear the ball and when the referee did not blow JAMIE McALLISTER accepted the gift to steer the ball home from six yards out, much to the amazement of most inside the ground.

It really was end-to-end stuff in what was a top contest.

The Fed went in ahead when they scored right on half time when GRAHAM ALLAN found space and fired a cracker into the top of the net from the angle twenty-five yards out.

Half-time: Culter 2, Broughty Athletic 3.

Culter came right at Broughty and equalised for the third time in the game 10 minutes after the restart. CHRIS MOUNTFORD worked hard on the right to find space before turning his marker and curling a fantastic shot in off the post with his left foot.

The game was becoming very stretched in a really open encounter and Broughty should have gone ahead again on the hour mark when, after a fine move on the left, Kevin Garrick fired narrowly wide of Farquhar’s goal.

The Culter ‘keeper was relieved to get a second chance when he spilled a shot from Graeme Dailly but was alert enough to claim the ball from the onrushing Ross Lunan’s feet.

Broughty gifted Culter a golden opportunity in 80 minutes when a harmless looking back pass was picked up by Alan Cormack in the Fed goal giving the home side an indirect free kick from eight yards out. Gary Ogilvie blocked the shot for a corner.

With the game looking destined for penalty kicks it was Culter who snatched victory with the last kick of the game with yet another contender for goal of the season! YOUNGSON found space and from fully 30 yards out curled a left foot effort high into the top of the net.

Broughty had scarcely time to kick off when the referee blew for the end of an excellent game which saw the home side qualify for the GA Engineering Cup semi-finals.

Manager’s comment

After the match, manager Kenny Cameron commented: “All games between us are tight and this one was certainly no different! It was a game which had just about everything in it and was a fantastic advertisement for football at this level.

“The game was played in the right spirit between two good teams and the quality of the goals was first class throughout.”

He concluded: “I thought the game had penalties written all over it but with Culter scoring so late on it was just not to be.”