Broughty United secured their place in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a 4-2 victory over Celtic Boys. The hosts lead 4-0 at the break, courtesy of Gregor Tweed’s early header and Simon Sharpe’s 12-minute hat trick. Celtic fought back in the second half with goals from Kier Murray and Jamie Forbes halving the deficit but it was too little too late for the visitors and Broughty will now face off against treble chasing Dryburgh in the final.
After a back and forth opening, Broughty went ahead after eight minutes. Callum Howe’s out swinging corner was met by Gregor Tweed, who did well to loop his header under the crossbar from close range.
Celtic goalkeeper Rikki McLaren was called into action six minutes later. Jack Mitchell’s free kick from deep was missed by all the players in the box and the keeper did well to push the ball away from danger. Mitchell was causing problems from set pieces, the defenders free kick from the top of the box clipping the outside of the post after 21 minutes.
The conditions in the first half weren’t helping Celtic, playing up the hill and into the wind was always going to test them, but things were about to go from bad to worse after 25 minutes. Kieran Barron won possession high up the park from a Celtic goal kick and unselfishly set up Simon Sharpe, who rolled the ball into the empty net, doubling Broughty’s lead.
Celtic continued to try and take the game to the hosts, Lloyd Brankin fired wide after 29 minutes. Sharpe nearly doubled his tally after half an hour, getting on the end of Howe’s pass, but his attempt to chip the ball over Mclaren was unsuccessful, as the keeper gathered the ball. The Broughty number nine was in again moments later, but was again denied by McLaren, with the rebound not quite falling for Jack Gordon, who was waiting to add his sides third.
Broughty would add a third, and Sharpe would be the man to get it. Another sloppy goal kick from Celtic presented the ball to Sharp 25 yards from goal, and the striker jinked his way through the Celtic defenders, before calmly finishing past McLaren.
With just three minutes of the first half remaining, Sharpe completed his hat trick. Gordon feeding the ball through to the striker, who lifted the ball over McLaren, giving his side a 4-0 lead at the break.