Nine-goal thriller

Oakley United 5, Broughty Athletic 4

BROUGHTY Athletic were unfortunate not to take at least a share of the spoils from their nine-goal thriller away to Oakley United on Saturday.

Within the first two minutes, following uncertainty in the Ferry men’s back four, Oakley took the lead through SCARBOROUGH.

MacLeod had a couple of half-chances saved by the home ‘keeper and Fraser was giving the centre backs problems with his pace and close ball control. The equaliser came soon enough when Mark BRASH stole in at the back post to head home from a corner.

Broughty then took the lead with another Mark BRASH header at the back post, converting a great cross from brother Kris to make it something of a family affair.

Oakley were never out of the game and they got their equaliser in 35 minutes through SCARBOROUGH, who got on the end of a great through ball 12 yards out. Things get worse for the visitors before the half was out with two more quick goals from SCARBOROUGH, whose job was made all the easier by some inept defending by the visitors.

Half-time: Oakley United 4, Brougty Athletic 2.

Broughty changed their set-up for the second half by moving to three at the back with Timmons and then Plenderleith, who came on as a substitute for Shannon, playing further up the park.

The visitors got their reward in 50 minutes when PLENDERLEITH forced an effort over the line from close in to score his first goal for the club.

The equaliser for Broughty came shortly afterwards, when a deep hanging cross into the Oakley box was poorly defended and MACLEOD was able to get his head to the high ball and see it loop over the Oakley ‘keeper and into the net.

With 20 minutes to go either team looked capable of winning and both were going for it.

Five minutes later Fraser was removed from the action and replaced by Farquharson and shortly after that Middleton replaced Hegarty who had taken a knock.

Oakley’s Blackadder came close with a shot but the home team was not to be denied and the deciding goal was scored by Scarborough: who else?

The winner came from a ball into the box which Scarborough ran onto, but under a challenge from Cormack went down and was awarded a penalty. There was no resulting sending off, as there was no clear goal-scoring opportunity. If anything it looked as if Scarborough had lost control of the ball and it was going out but the referee still booked Cormack for the offence and SCARBOROUGH made no mistake from the spot.

Kris Brash, incensed the Oakley support with one sliding challenge which was deemed fair by the referee. He then went through another Oakley player and got himself a booking for a reckless challenge. Oakley’s Mauchlan over-reacted to the latter incident and earned a straight red for aggressive behaviour.

Team: A. Cormack, Shannon, Hegarty, Burns, K. Brash, Timmons, M. Brash, Donaldson, Allan, MacLeod, Fraser. Substitutes: D. Burns, Farquharson, Plenderleith, R. Cormack and Middleton.

Tomorrow’s match

Tomorrow (Saturday), Broughty Athletic face Dalkeith Thistle at Whitton Park in a Premier League match. Kick off is at 1.45 p.m.