BROUGHTY Athletic entertained Broxburn Athletic at Whitton Park on Saturday in the Fed’s 10th Premier League fixture. The park was in good condition, the was sun shining and there was no wind.
Broughty had the first chance of the match in the 15th minute when Dailly raced clear but Broxburn ‘keeper Halliday was alert and quickly off his line.
Lunan had another chance for the Fed minutes later but he shot straight at the ‘keeper from a good position.
It was the West Lothian side which went ahead when MORRISON picked up a loose ball and fired home from the edge of the box. That gave the visitors a boost and they had another chance when Jeffrey forced a good save from Fed ‘keeper Cormack.
The Burn went two in front five minutes before the break when COWAN finished at the back post after hesitant defending by Broughty.
The Ferrymen almost scored on the stroke of half time but Lunan’s header went just wide of the mark from a Myles cross into the box.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic 0, Broxburn Athletic 2.
Broxburn extended their lead in 55 minutes when, after slack play from full back Stark, the ball fell to MORRISON whose shot from 25 yards took a deflection before finding the back of the net.
The game had really opened up with Broughty pushing for a goal to get them back into contention. Lunan missed a good chance when he was put clear but the striker shot high from an excellent position.
The visitors thought they had scored again in the 70th minute but Jeffrey was denied by a good block by Cormack.
Broxburn were seeing plenty possession of the ball making Broughty work hard.
Halliday in the Broxburn goal had a fantastic save in 75 minutes when he made a full stretch dive to deny Tweed after the big defender turned and shot goalwards. The Broxburn ‘keeper had another excellent save five minutes later when he got to a Lunan header.
The last chance of the game came in the final minute when a Myles’ header was cleared off the line to deny Broughty even a consolation counter.
The referee blew for full-time in a game in which Broughty had huffed and puffed throughout but never really got to grips with a good Broxburn team who deserved the three points.
After the match, Broughty manager Kenny Cameron stated: “We can have no complaints about the result. The better team won on the day.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Fed are away to Carluke Rovers in an Emirates Scottish Junior Cup tie.