Lochee United 3,
Arbroath Vics 2
Arbroath Vics were back in Lochee on Saturday for a GA Engineering Cup preliminary round tie against Super League side Lochee United.
With Steve Florence unavailable, Matty Johnston came back into the starting line-up as replacement, while Chris Simpson and Owen Bryce also came in at the expense of Grant Mowatt and Craig Watson.
It was Lochee who had settled quickest and began to carry the game towards Vics. Mark Bannon set up Danny Cavanagh when he flicked the ball through Vics defence and Lee Hutcheson had to stick out a foot to divert his shot round the post for a corner.
Lochee’s early endeavour was rewarded with the opening goal in the eighth minute. Andy Cowan was penalised for hand ball a yard outside the box, in front of goal, and JON VOIGT stepped up to blast the free-kick into the back of the net.
Scott Gates wasted a good opportunity to increase their lead when Kevin Durno tripped Jon Voigt on the corner of the box, but he saw his free-kick easily charged down.
It took Vics until over the 20 minute mark to settle into the game but once they did they began to exert some pressure on the Lochee defence. From a Garry Warren corner, Dean Wallace just managed to flick the ball away from Kevin Durno at the near post.
Then Kevin Durno sent the ball out wide to Njie on the right and although Millar managed to punch his cross away from the head of Simpson, it only went as far as Bryce who lofted it over the bar from 20 yards.
A poor clearance from Hutcheson almost allowed Lochee to extend their lead when the ball was teed up for Cavanagh but the ‘keeper redeemed himself by making a good block at the expense of a corner.
Vics had a stonewall penalty claim turned down in 38 minutes when Cowan headed a Sturrock cross down inside the box and Wallace stuck out a hand to block it.
Half-time: Lochee United 1, Arbroath Vics 0.
Vics had a glorious chance to get back on level terms four minutes into the second period when Bryce swung over a terrific free-kick which Cowan got on the end of, but with only the ‘keeper to beat he directed his header over the bar.
Vics were giving as good as they got at this point and in 57 minutesgot back on level terms. There seemed little danger when Stephen delivered a cross into the Lochee box, but WALLACE, under no pressure, directed a header into his own net.
The 1-1 scoreline only lasted three minutes, by which time Lochee were back in front. Gates flicked a Clark corner against the bar and WALLACE made amends for his earlier indiscretion by nodding the rebound in.
Before play re-started, Durno was booked for dissent, claiming he had been pushed in the lead up to the goal. Vics made a change in 62 minutes when Craig Watson came on for Njie.
The switch paid off within a couple of minutes when Vics got back on level terms for the second time. Cowan combined with Watson to pick out WARREN on the left and the number 11 cut inside before firing a low shot across the body of Millar and just inside the far post.
Cowan was then noted for dissent and Lochee’s Kirk followed him into the book soon after.
Midway through the half, Vics made a second change when Bryce was withdrawn and replaced by Grant Mowatt.
Further changes saw Lochee replace Clark with Gary Robertson, while at the same time, Vics sent on Colin Lawson for Cowan.
Cavanagh almost put Lochee back in front for the third time when he cut into the box and fired in a shot, which Hutcheson did well to block with his legs.
With 15 minutes left, Lochee went 3-2 in front. Ritchie drove into the box, and although his shot was blocked, it broke across to CAVANAGH who found the net from around 10 yards.
The homesters immediately replaced Andy Ritchie with Paul Blackwood. Mowatt was yellow carded a minute later, before Lochee made a second change when Kasim Urek came on for Hagan. Urek was yellow carded in stoppage time.
Lochee United: Millar, Bannon, Kirk, Beedie, Wallace, Clark, Ritchie (Blackwood 75 minutes) , Hagan (Urek 80), Voigt, Cavanagh, Gates. Unused substitutes: Cargill, Percy and Robertson.
Arbroath Vics: Hutcheson, Stephen, Sturrock, Cowan (Lawson 70), Durno, Johnston, Bryce (Mowatt 67), Fotheringham, Njie (Watson 62), Simpson, Warren. Unused substitutes: McWalter and Whitton (gk).
Referee: Mr C. Fordyce (Broughty Ferry).
Vics are back at home for the first time in several weeks tomorrow (Saturday) when they play host to Downfield in a league fixture. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m.