They say that the ultimate test for a footballer is being able to perform on a cold, rainy Tuesday night in Stoke. Clearly these people have never experienced a stormy, windy, hailstone-ridden Sunday afternoon at Dundee’s Dawson Park. The players of Broughty United and Tynecastle FC braved all of these elements in their Scottish Cup tie.
It was the home side that took an early lead courtesy of a fine finish from Cameron Hoskins in the fourth minute. Tynecastle pushed for an equaliser, which soon arrived in the 17th, after Sonny Swanson looped his free kick into the far corner. After a monumental tussle between the two teams it was Tynecastle who eventually managed to take the lead, and hold it, 23 minutes from the full time whistle thanks to a Daniel Cameron header.
With the weather conditions doing their very best to disrupt the tie, the game managed to spark into life early on. With just four minutes on the clock Broughty United’s first attack rewarded them with the opening goal. Kieron Ross was the man to slot Hoskins through on goal, a partnership that would work well for the entirety of the match. With just the Tynecastle ‘keeper to beat Hoskins slotted the ball neatly into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
In another great example of this working relationship Broughty nearly doubled their advantage in the 11th minute. This time it was Hoskins playing a long pass to Ross but the number 20’s shot flew over the target.
Tynecastle then started to wrestle their way back into the game. Jack Cowan came close on the quarter of an hour mark with a low powerful shot at goal. Broughty’s ‘keeper, Scott Kirk, was on hand to make the save.
However, just a couple of minutes later the score was level at 1-1. Broughty conceded a free kick out on the left flank, which Swanson stepped up to take. With everyone expecting a cross the Tynecastle midfielder curled the ball in and it sailed straight into the top corner beyond the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper.
The away side continued to press on in search of another goal. Cowan came close yet again as he unleashed a fearsome strike at goal. However, Kirk executed a superb save and tipped the ball over the bar with a strong right hand.
The game then settled down with conditions starting to take their toll. The mud, wind and hail understandably reduced the energy levels. There was still time for Hoskins to have another pop at goal ten minutes before the half time break but it was well saved by Christopher Burt.