BROUGHTY Athletic were back to league duty on Saturday when they entertained Armadale Thistle at Whitton Park.
The pitch looked in excellent condition and a decent crowd was inside the ground looking forward to a good game between two sides fighting to save their Premier League status.
Both teams saw plenty of the early possession although neither ‘keeper was tested. MacLeod had the Fed’s first chance of the game in 15 minutes but his effort was saved by Walker in the ‘Dale goal.
The visitors went straight upfield and Chris Taylor saw his shot go wide of the target.
Broughty opened the scoring in 25 minutes. A great delivery from Allan’s free kick found Lunan’s head, but his effort was brilliantly turned around the post by Walker for a corner kick. From the resultant set piece Myles kept the ball alive for Broughty’s TRIALIST defender to head home from six yards.
The goal certainly gave the home side a lift and MacLeod had an effort well saved five minutes later.
Armadale had a half chance when the lively Feeney found space just outside the box but could not get the ball out of his feet and the opportunity was lost.
The Fed had a golden opportunity when an Allan free kick was spilled by the visiting ‘keeper but no-one was on hand for the simple tap in.
Broughty were forced into a change in 40 minutes when Kevin Garrick had to leave the pitch after picking up an injury.
The last chance of the half fell the Fed’s way when a goal-bound Lunan header was brilliantly turned away by the alert ‘Dale ‘keeper Walker.
Half-time: Broughty Athletic 1, Armadale Thistle 0.
Broughty doubled the homesters’ lead within five minutes with a well worked goal. Walker again was forced into a save from a Lunan header bit this time GRAEME DAILLY was on hand to finish neatly into the corner of the net.
MacLeod almost made it three when his shot was turned around the post by Walker.
The Fed did go three up on the hour mark when Dailly this time turned provider and set up JOHN FARQUHARSON who hit the goal of the game from 20 yards high into the corner of the net.
The visitors, far from giving the game up, continued fighting for every ball and got a goal back in 75 minutes when substitute CIARAN JOHNSTONE burst through to finish neatly from inside the box.
Broughty, after doing so well for long periods of the game, began to fall out of it and Armadale to their credit kept going throughout.
The visitors were awarded a dubious penalty five minutes from the end when the ball struck defender Ogilvie’s arm, although the argument was that he was so close to the cross that he could do very little about it. That made little impact on ROBBIE FEENEY who hammered the ball home from the spot.
Manager Kenny Cameron stated after the match: “We have shown this year that we can take points off all the top six sides in the league and that has not been our problem.
“We do, however, have a poor record against the sides in and around us and in that respect I was pleased to see us win and gain the three points today.
“There will still be a few twists and turns yet before anything is decided in this league but I am certain that all my players will take great confidence from this victory into our remaining games this season.”