Culter 2, Broughty Athletic 1
BROUGHTY made the journey north to Crombie Park, Peterculter, to face North Superleague outfit Culter in their final pre-season game on Saturday.
New signing Ross Lunan had a chance in the fifth minute but he was well shut down and his effort was blocked for a corner. The Fed lost Gary Ogilvie to injury in the 15th minute.
The hosts had a chance minutes later when Stott flashed a shot across goal.
Torrance did well to find space in the 30th minute but when left one-on-one his shot was saved by the ‘keeper’s feet.
In a lively opening period a Culter striker’s neat turn and shot again flashed across the face of the goal with no takers.
Broughty thought that they had opened the scoring on the stroke of half time but Lunan’s shot hit the bar and was scrambled to safety by the home defence.
Half-time: Culter 0, Broughty Athletic 0.
Broughty were forced into yet another change when Bertie had to be replaced due to a knee injury.
Culter opened the scoring on the hour mark when STOTT finished well from 10 yards out.
The visitors should have equalised 10 minutes later when Lunan played in Torrance. He rounded the ‘keeper but his shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
The home side added to their tally when Houston was dispossessed in the middle of the park and MACALLISTER found the net from only six yards out.
There was plenty of goalmouth action and the home ‘keeper made a fine double save to first deny MacLeod then Lunan in quick succession with 15 minutes left.
Broughty reduced the leeway minutes later when LUNAN opened his account for the club after good work by Stark. The scorer was then replaced due to an ankle injury.
The visitors were now pushing for an equaliser and Tweed was unlucky to see a snap-shot from the edge of the box go directly to the Culter number one.
The last chance of the game fell Broughty’s way when Etchells found space at the back post from a corner but, with only the ‘keeper to beat, his shot went over the bar.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Broughty face Dundee North End at Whitton Park in a DJ Laing Cup section tie. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m.
The manager’s verdict
Manager Kenny Cameron reflected on the trip to Peterculter and the squad’s positive preparations for the new season.
He told the Guide & Gazette: “Culter are a good team who pass the ball well and it was another excellent workout for us. Both sides created plenty of chances throughout and it could have gone either way.
“Looking at our pre-season as a whole, I am happy with the way we are progressing and we all now look forward to the season starting next weekend against North End.”