Two polarising performances led to two very different results for Broughty Athletic this week.
They dominated Penicuik Athletic on Saturday to win 4-1 an edge closer towards Super League safety, before they were punished for a poor display against Jeanfield Swifts in Wednesday evening’s GA Engineering Cup semi-final.
Two wasteful headers inside the first seven minutes of Wednesday’s game set the tone for the remainder of the night for the home side.
Then on 19 minutes, the away side took the lead courtesy of the penalty spot.
Broughty levelled via the penalty spot as Paul Lunan was shoved off the ball in the penalty area, Kevin Buchan slotting home to level the scores.
Kevin Buchan had Broughty’s only chance of the second half to score but his header from a corner skimmed past the post.
Jeanfield got their deserved winner on 72 minutes following a clearance from a Broughty corner, racing up the park, and with a choice of Jeanfield players to play to he slammed home into the far corner.
On Saturday, Buchan was the hat-trick hero against Penicuik.
Broughty started the game brightly and went on to dominate in chances and possession.
A Broughty throw-in on 19 minutes was challenged by Kevin Buchan and two Penicuik defenders, but the ball fell kindly to Stewart McConnachie and he rattled home from inside the box.
Then on 22 minutes, a Broughty corner saw Jay Smart’s overhead kick fluffed and crossed by Barry Myles, it was partially saved by the keeper but dropped and Kevin Buchan was there to pounce and tap home.
Broughty soon found themselves 3-0 up when McConnachie put Buchan through and he shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
Buchan completed his hat-trick right after the restart with a header before Penicuik pulled one back later on from Iain Ross after a counter attack following a Buchan shot.