East Of Scotland Premier League: Dundonald Bluebell v Broxburn Athletic – 8 April 2023
Broxburn were back on their league travels after Tuesdays League Cup home defeat to Sauchie, this time to Cardenden to face Dundonald Bluebell.
There were 4 changes for the visitors Orru, Wright, Gillen and Heath replaced Hickey-Fugaccia, Sayers, Henderson and Williamson.
Dundonald were coming into the game off an impressive League Cup win against Lowland League leaders Spartans.
In the 2nd minute Broxburn won a free kick on the left, Gray took the kick which was into a dangerous area but no one in gold was attacking it to get a touch.
In the following minute Brass did well to get to the bye line where he cut the ball back and was met by a home defender playing the ball out for a corner. Nothing came from Bremner’s corner.
In 11 minutes Brown played the ball in from the right Canha let fly with a shot but it was well off target to the left.
Then a real let off for the Brox a terrible pass from Wright was intercepted, the ball played into Lumsden who slotted the ball past Blair. However the goal was disallowed due to an illegal audible intervention by a Dundonald player.
Broxburn went down field with Heath played in on the left side of the penalty box where he was brought down.
DOUGLAS tucked away the resultant penalty. Time 15 minutes.
In 17 minutes from a hopeful long ball Wright went up to head the ball clear but came down awkwardly. It was clear the injury was serious with an ambulance being called. The game was delayed 31 minutes. Hickey-Fugaccia was the replacement for Wright.
At 45+4 minutes a corner from the right broke to Canha but he shot the ball over the bar.
From a chipped ball forward by Gray, Cameron did well to get there ahead of Brass and clear.
The Brox got in on the left side in 45+8 Brass from the left bye line picking out Heath but his shot was disappointingly blocked.
From the corner by Bremner taken to the near post McConnell flashed a header just over.
Then in 45+12 Gillen and Hickey-Fugaccia had a great interchange of passes setting Gillen off to the bye line where his cross was pinpoint finding BRASS whose diving header flew into the net.
The Brox were in again 5 minutes later Gray playing a great ball to Douglas who advanced drifted slightly to the right and his shot was well saved with his legs by Swinton.
Broxburn tried the near post corner routine again from the left Bremner taking and McConnell once again won at the near post but his effort was too high and over the bar.
In 45+21 Lumsden took a free kick which was deep to the back post where Cameron headed well off target.
Heath capitalised from a mistake in the home defence and was clean in on goal on the left but he delayed getting a shot off with the Dundonald defender doing brilliantly to get back and block his effort.
Broxburn were made to pay for not taking that chance as from a ball in from the left Lumsden shot Blair did well to save but MACKENZIE was their to pounce on the rebound and smack it into the net. Time 45+28.
HALF TIME: Dundonald Bluebell 1 – 2 Broxburn Athletic
The start of the second half was very scrappy with neither side able to put any meaningful moves together.
In 52 minutes Hickey-Fugaccia was booked for a poor challenge on Cameron.
From the free kick Lumsden took and swung the ball in but McConnell headed clear.
Rogerson was booked for the home side in 55 minutes. From the free kick Brass headed back across the goal but Douglas couldn’t take advantage.
Broxburn continued to press Orru with a long throw in Brass flicked on with his head but Swinton collected easily.
Keeper Swinton was alert a minute later to deny Brass at the edge of his area following a great through ball from Hickey-Fugaccia.
In 61 minutes Gray was booked.
Hendry played a great ball into Sibanda in 63 minutes but he fired over but was offside in any case.
In 68 minutes Drummond was replaced by Hall.
Canha was in great position on the left in the penalty box but chipped his cross straight out over the bar.
In 72 minutes Bremner from the left took a great corner taking advantage of the wind and it needed a brilliant save from Swinton to prevent a goal direct from the corner.
In 73 minutes Sayers replaced Gillen.
Hendry went off for Dundonald a in 77 minutes Cennerrazzo was the replacement.
A great chance for the Brox in 80 minutes Hickey-Fugaccia beat his man on the right getting to the bye line and sending over a great cross which Heath got his head to but his effort went the wrong side of the post.
In 86 minutes Bremner played a neat ball out to Heath who cut into the penalty box from the left side but couldn’t direct his shot past Swinton.
D.Nimmo went down injured needing attention. He was booked for dissent whilst being attended. When play resumed he was off the field Kennedy swung the ball in where a Brox defender cleared only as far as MACKENZIE who fired the ball low into the bottom corner to tie the game in the last minute.4
Stuart and Murphy came on for Rogerson and Hall at 90+4.
Heath had the last chance of the game but fired well wide and over.
Orru for Broxburn and Lumsden for Dundonald were also booked in the game.
FULL TIME: : Dundonald Bluebell 2 – 2 Broxburn Athletic
Referee Mr R. Bowie Assistants Mr G. MacDonald , Mr C. Foreman