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Dee Amateurs v Broomhill BC

1st Touch Football Division Three at Tullos on Saturday 12th May

Report by Scott McPherson

Amateur new boys Dee continued their onslaught on the Division Three title with a hard-fought victory over a stubborn Broomhill side.

Broomhill’s early lead given to them by Niall Benzahia was cancelled out by goals from Dee’s front two. Ryan Hall equalised in the first-half before Kieran Will scored a free kick after the interval. The scoring was rounded off by Hall again to secure another three points for Dee.

An uneventful first quarter was sparked into life by a surprise Broomhill BC goal. Broomhill lone-striker John MacDonald chipped a delightful ball in-between defence and ‘keeper for midfield runner Niall Benzahia who beat Dee goalkeeper Steven Ross to the ball to stab into the empty net.

Dee stepped up their game after Broomhill’s goal and eventually equalised 10 minutes later with a goal out of nothing. The ball bounced 25 yards from goal and Dee’s striker Ryan Hall swivelled before striking the ball across the ‘keeper into the side netting giving Danny Matthews no chance in goal for Broomhill.

Dee continued to press after their equaliser but it was the away side who threatened next. Broomhill hit their hosts on the counter and an exchange by Nazim Djemba and Benzahia gave Captain John MacDonald time and space in the box but his shot was deflected by opposite Captain Ryan Davidson and the ball spun towards the back post before being kicked off the line.

Shortly before half-time Dee should have taken the lead for the first time. Great work from right back Terry Duthart on the wing saw him put in a deep cross to left winger Martin Wood who harmlessly headed it over despite having time and space.

Half-time: 1 – 1

Dee made their intentions clear from the very start of the half. Striker Kieran Will shot directly from kick-off and Matthews could only tip over to give Dee a very early corner after the interval.

It wasn’t long before Dee were in front. Striker Ryan Hall was a constant threat with his pace and directness and it was he who won the free kick for their second, scissored down on the edge of the box. His strike partner Kieran Will stepped up and smashed the ball high into the net for their 110th goal in the league this season. The ball was past ‘keeper Matthews before he could even react.

The turning point of the game came almost immediately after that goal. Dee skipper Ryan Davidson miskicked a clearance and the ball fell into the empty space behind him. Struggling Broomhill John MacDonald shrugged off his injury to sprint towards the ball and float the ball over the on rushing Steven Ross but Davidson got back in time to atone for his initial error and clear off the line.

MacDonald was forced off with an ankle injury shortly after his chance. This left Broomhill with 10 men as they had no substitutes to replace him with. That miss seemed even more significant as 10 men Broomhill wouldn’t create many more.

An inevitable third for Dee Amateurs came 20 minutes from time. Striker Kieran Will shot direct from a free kick from all of 30 yards which was tamely spilled by ‘keeper Matthews into the path of Ryan Hall who beat his own teammate Liam Cowe to the ball.

Throughout the match a spate of yellow cards were shown and those eventually turned into a red just before full-time. Dee midfielder Brett Aitken was fouled in the middle of the park but the referee gave advantage and Aitken lost his cool and dived in two footed towards Jamie Dryburgh. Aitken had already been booked but was given a straight red card anyway, showing how poor the tackle was. A disappointing ending to a competitive match.

Full Time: 1 – 3