Penalty shoot-out joy for Fed in Aberdeenshire

BROUGHTY were on Cup duty on Saturday when they travelled north to face Superleague outfit Culter in the GA Engineering Cup with a quarter-final place at stake.

The teams know each other well, having played often in recent years.

The weather was near perfect and, as always, Crombie Park was in excellent order.

Broughty kicked off going up the slope towards the pavilion. Culter were first to threaten in the second minute when Wilson shot from distance although his effort went well wide.

There was a big moment of controversy in the fourth minute when Dailly raced clear and was left one-on-one with ex-Peterhead ‘keeper Farquhar. Defender Donald appeared to obstruct the Broughty player as he ended up on the ground before he could get his shot away. The referee, however, saw differently and waved play on.

That spurred the visitors on and Smith raced clear in a similar situation although this time Farquhar won the ball and the chance was lost.

The Fed were playing some good football and carved out another decent chance around the 15-minute mark when O’Leary just failed to get on the end of a Dailly cross.

The post came to the home side’s rescue in the 21st minute when, after a good passage of play, Dailly beat the onrushing Farquhar only to see his effort rebound off the post and cleared by a relieved Culter defence.

O’Leary did well defensively when he headed over his own bar from a Collie header.

The Fed were looking a real threat going forward and Smith had a great chance in the 30th minute but he shot over from outside the box.

The last chance of the half went Broughty’s way and Bertie found himself in space inside the box from a corner and really should have scored with his header.

Half-time: Culter 0, Broughty Athletic 0.

Broughty started off the second half on the attack and Smith found space although his cross into the box found no takers.

It was the home side who managed to go ahead in the game in the 60th minute when a Stott corner was headed in at the back post by McBAIN.

The goal seemed to give the Aberdonians a lift and they pushed forward looking for a killer second goal. The Fed defence held firm, however, and broke up most of the home side’s attacks.

It was Broughty who deservedly equalised over the balance of play in the 72nd minute when FARQUHARSON finished neatly from the angle for a well-worked goal.

It was an excellent contest between two sides which looked to get the ball down and pass it.

Great play involving Smith and Winter eventually saw the ball delivered into the box and Dailly agonisingly close to making contact.

The game was becoming stretched around the 80-minute mark with both sides pressing for the winner. Some near misses and excellent defending saw the game finish 1-1 and go to penalties.

Broughty held their nerve to win the shoot out 4-3 thanks to two great saves by Fed goalie Cormack to deny McKimmie and Donald.

Other results

In the other three GA Engineering Cup ties played on Saturday the results were: Bankfoot 3, Dyce 2; Arbroath Sporting Club 2, Maud 1; Lochee Harp 1, Sunnybank 2.

Tomorrow’s fixture

Tomorrow (Saturday), Broughty Athletic travel to Albyn Park, Broxburn, for a league game against table-toppers Broxburn Athletic, kicking off at 2.15 p.m.