Cup holders Tayport head out after narrow defeat

Scott Finlay scores for Tayport.
Scott Finlay scores for Tayport.

Tayport.................................1

Broughty Athletic................2

Holders Tayport exit the inter-regional GA Engineering Cup at the first round stage with local rivals Broughty Athletic scoring a narrow win on the Canniepairt.

‘Port put in a positive display, though, and dominated much of the first half.

The hosts took a deserved lead on 18 minutes.

Alan Tulleth flighted a free kick into the box and the industrious Scott Finlay got his head to the ball to divert it beyond the reach of Iain Ross.

Moments later, Tulleth bent a free kick over the top and then Marc Ogg then tested Ross from the right side of the area, while only a last gasp Dougie Cameron intervention denied Gary Sutherland.

On 33 minutes, Broughty were gifted an equaliser.

Home ’keeper Richard Cargill left his area to smash a clearance against Paul McLellan and the ball broke kindly for the Broughty man who slotted into an empty net.

Towards half-time, Sutherland was unlucky to see a header cleared off the line, while Tulleth almost produced a magic moment, when his quick feet took him past a couple of defenders and in on goal. Unfortunately, his effort was deflected wide and the teams went in level at the break.

Early in the second half Tayport were caught cold when the Fed snatched the lead, courtesy of Kevin Buchan, and that counter would prove to be the winner.

Stewart McConnachie and Paul McLellan both had chances for Broughty, with the latter’s high lob bouncing just over the bar after he had found himself in acres of space, thirty yards out.

Tayport had chances to pull level but couldn’t net.

As time ebbed away, Broughty broke the game up and Tayport lost their momentum somewhat.

Indeed, the Canniepairt outfit ended the match with ten men as Clark Kay’s bout of dissent saw him collect a second caution with five minutes to go.

Tayport - Cargill, Ogg (Robertson), Kay, Ovenstone, Anderson, Elvin, Rollo, Tulleth, Finlay, Sutherland (Adam), MacLeod.