Cup woes mean Reds left to focus on league footie

IT hasn’t been the happiest of starts for Brechin City Football Club.

Two knockout competitions and two knock-out blows!

While it was always going to be a tough ask at home to first division Falkirk in the opening round of the Ramsdens Cup a week past Saturday, the reds didn’t fare too badly and were only just edged out of the tourney by the odd goal in three.

On that showing City were expected to be far too hot for last season’s third division strugglers Clyde to handle.

But, managed by ex-Brechin City boss Jim Duffy they succeeded in taking the game into extra time where they eventually got the better of the home side by four goals to two.

It may have been different had City’s Craig Molloy not missed a glorious chance to give City an extra time advantage from the spot following hand-ball in the box.

That miss was to prove costly and the Bully Wee soon had City up the Clyde without a paddle, going on to win by four goals to two and clinch their place in round two of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The result and performance at the Glebe disappointed manager Jim Weir.

“This is the worst result I’ve had since I came to Brechin,” he said.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Clyde, who worked very hard, but we didn’t turn up.

“Too many players were way below the standards we have set here I need to look at that.”

Having made these to very early cup exits, City are left to concentrate on league football between now and late autumn, when the early rounds of the Scottish Cup come into play.

And, having been installed by the bookies as favourites to win the second division title, they will be looking to get off to a reasonable start, with two of the opening three games at the Glebe.

This coming Saturday, Stenhousemuir are visitors to Brechin, with a trip to Cowdenbeath on the cards for a week on Saturday, before Dumbarton are in town on Saturday, August 20.