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Torran treble rescues Pitfour on opening day

Broughty United 3

McGlashan 1, Winterton 13, Boath 26

Pitfour FC 3

Juggins 21, 52, 78
  • Sunday, 19 August 2018
  • The Esplanade
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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A Torran Juggins hat trick secured Pitfour a point in their first DDYFA outing. The East Region Cup winners came from 3-1 down to earn a share of the spoils.

Pitfour have been the top team in Perth over the past few seasons, but it was Broughty that came flying out of the traps and they netted the first goal of the DDYFA season when John McGlashan fired a low shot past Connor Thomson from 20 yards with just 80 seconds on the clock.

Leon Winterton was Broughty’s leading marksman last season and he forced Thomson into a smart save with his feet after seven minutes but did double the lead moments later.

Winterton robbed Matthew Cullerton at the edge of the box and made no mistake with a low finish past Thomson to double Broughty’s lead.

Broughty’s pace and power was proving too much for Pitfour in the opening stages, but Torran Juggins handed them a lifeline after 21 minutes. The striker touched a long ball past Ben Todd and finished into the empty net.

Things nearly got better for Pitfour when a corner fell for Oliver Laing at the back post, but he couldn’t turn the ball in from close range.

It would prove to be a costly miss for Pitfour, as Brandon Boath dispossessed Finlay Stewart before sliding the ball home from close range.

Pitfour substitute Sonny Simpson chested the ball past Todd but could only turn the ball against the post from a tight angle.

  • Half Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 3-1
  • Pitfour FC

The visitors broke from a Broughty corner three minutes into the second half and when Juggins slipped the ball into Simpson there looked to be only one outcome, but once again the substitute could only fire the ball against the woodwork.

Juggins headed wide from a corner before Todd kept out a Simpson free kick. Pitfour’s made the pressure pay when Simpson cut the ball back for Juggins, who fired a shot high into the net.

Broughty’s exertions in the first half were taking their toll in the second as Pitfour began to control possession.

Simpson was twice thwarted by Todd, who made a save with his feet before keeping out a curling effort from the midfielder.

Despite Pitfour’s improvement in the second half, the Broughty backline was answering every question that was asked of them. Cullerton picked out Evan Wolecki with a free kick, but he couldn’t keep his volley on target.

With time against them, a corner presented Pitfour with one last chance. The ball was worked short to Michael Milne, who played the ball into Juggins, and the striker made no mistake as he stabbed the ball through a crowd of bodies into the net to earn Pitfour a point.

It was very much a game of two halves from both sides, with Broughty’s pace and power too much for Pitfour to handle in the first half and they will feel that they could have had more than a two-goal lead at the break.

In the second half, the intensity dropped out of their play offensively, but they stood strong against long spells of Pitfour pressure. If they can build on the foundations they lay last season, then this looks like being another good year for Broughty.

As for Pitfour, they were caught cold early on but managed to work themselves back into the match and take a point out of the game. In the end, they showed the mark of champions by playing until the end and played to their strengths for the equaliser by working the corner short rather than crossing the ball against a physically bigger Broughty team.

It’s too early to say whether they will transfer their dominance from Perth into the Dundee set up and with the likes of Kirrie Thistle, Forfar Boys, Celtic Boys and East Craigie Swifts also eyeing up the biggest prizes, the road to silverware is going to be a long one with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Today’s performance showed that these Pitfour players don’t know when they’re beat, a mentality that will serve them well throughout what may prove to be their toughest yet. 

  • Full Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 3-3
  • Pitfour FC

Lineups

Broughty United
Pitfour FC
1. Ben Todd
2. Brandon Boath
3. Ross Bell
4. Connor Bisgrove
6. Mackenzie McGuire
7. Jay Tosh
8. Lewis Grant
9. Greg Ramsay
10. Sam Terroni
11. Gregor Brown
12. Benjamin Kane
14. John McGlashan
15. Kieran Malone
18. Kerr Jolly
1. Kristian Keay
2. Lewis McGregor
3. Cameron Wilks
4. Alexander Douglas
6. Jamie Selfridge
7. Sonny Simpson
9. Lewis Thomson
10. Torran Juggins
15. Finlay Stewart
16. Connor Thomson
17. Oliver Laing
18. Luke Hunter
19. Matthew Cullerton
20. Michael Milne
21. Evan Wolecki
22. Callum Wilkie
Star Player
Broughty United
Pitfour FC
Kieran Malone - The Broughty captain was one of several standouts, but led by example from the first minute to the last, winning plenty of headers and putting in numerous crucial challenges.
Torran Juggins - A hat trick on the opening day is the perfect way to start the season for any striker, with his late goal sealing the points making all the more memorable.
Magic Moment
Broughty United
Pitfour FC
McGlashan's Goal - The Broughty man was the first scorer in the DDYFA this season, and it was a fine finish to get his campaign underway.
Juggins' Third - A well worked corner and a cool finish to seal a point.
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