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Delighted Fed boss Keith Gibson.

Delighted Fed boss Keith Gibson.

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Broughty Athletic boss Keith Gibson admitted his side’s dramatic penalty shoot-out play-off victory still hasn’t sunk in yet.

Keith takes the club into the East Region Super League for the first time in its history and he said he was just delighted for the club, the town and the fans after a 4-3 second leg win over Armadale Thistle preceded a 6-5 penalty shoot-out win.

He said: “It’s not sunk in yet. It’s one of the weirdest game I’ve been involved in as manager or player.

“To be 2-1 down from the first leg, I still felt quietly we could go and win the game in the second leg. We went a goal down after 10 minutes but to go into a 3-1 lead was great.

“Then 15 minutes to go it went 3-2 so it was heading for penalties. They scored in the 89th minute to lead 5-4 and we’re thinking it’s gone, but then Lee Sibanda pops up for his hat-trick in injury time. It’s surreal.

“Then at penalties, anything can happen. I wouldn’t like to go through that again in the near future.”

Gibson admitted he was relieved to finally taste victory in a play-off after a number of unsuccessful attempts in his playing career.

The Fed boss praised his players for their fighting spirit as their tremendous winning run in the regular season set them up for the incredible play-off win.

He continued: “As a player I’ve been involved in five play-offs with Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose and I’ve never won one.

“I was thinking ‘please get over the line here’ and to be fair the standard of the penalties was great, both sides scored their five penalties.

“Our goalie Iain Ross said before the penalties ‘make sure you score your penalties, I’ll save one’ and sure enough he did that in sudden death. It’s a fantastic achievement.

“Myself and my assistant Ray Farningham, and our coach Tony MacAuley, went in in December and we were closer to relegation than promotion if anything.

“The boys have been fantastic with their never-say-die attitude, particularly in the second leg.

“With the run we went on in the league I think we were well deserving of the play-off place.

As a manager you want to manage at the highest level you possibly can and we’re doing that next season.”