BROUGHTY Athletic were on Premier League duty on Saturday at home against Armadale Thistle.
Both weather and pitch were ideal.
The visitors were first on the attack and Mechan shot wide in the first minute of play.
O’Leary got himself into a good position in 20 minutes for a shot but the visiting ‘keeper again did well to block the shot for a corner.
Craik had an excellent chance for the Fed in the 40th minute but his shot went off target without testing Walker in the Armadale goal.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic 0, Armadale Thistle 0.
The visitors took the lead in 55 minutes A 25-yard shot by MECHAN went in off the post.
This was a wake-up call to Broughty struggling to break down a big, strong Armadale team.
In 70 minutes Craik’s header from six yards was brilliantly saved by Armadale’s Walker.
Fed equalised in the 75th minute when Winter played a neat ball into O’LEARY who finished well, giving Armadale ‘keeper Walker no chance this time.
Walker produced the save of the game in the 82nd minute when he somehow touched MacLeod’s strike from 20 yards around the post.
From the resultant set-piece Broughty went ahead when WINTER’s corner was punched into his own net by the unfortunate Walker.
The last chance fell to Broughty when MacLeod ran clear. His dangerous cross-cum-shot was missed by both attackers and defenders.
Referee Harris ended a hard fought victory for Broughty against a good Armadale team.
The Fed were on league duty on Wednesday, when the score was Broughty Athletic 2, Thornton Hibs 5.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Fed play a GA Engineering Cup semi-final against Aberdeen Sunnybank, kicking-off at 2.30 p.m..