Dryborough good - but not six better!

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Brechin returned to league action after the Easter Break and suffered defeat at the hands of one of the possible top four league leaders at the end of the season.

The score did not reflect the overall game which, apart from Dryburgh capitalising on their chances, was fairly evenly fought. The game began at a furious pace with both sides eager to take advantage - Dryburgh pushed the Brechin midfield/defence which held firm with sterling play by Alexander in the holding role.

Irvine, again standing in the Brechin goal, also showed strength supporting his defence. Midfield was the scene of the major part of the play which, as the half wore on, saw Dryburgh gradually take the upper hand.

Two goals in quick succession in the 13th and 15th minutes saw the advantage turn to the home team. Brechin, however, continued to fight and saw limited chances created though not converted. Further goals in the 23rd and 37th minute drew the first-half scoring to a close.

Half time: Dryburgh 4, Brechin 0.

Brechin made four changes at half time - Reece Campbell, Grant Souter, Tom Bareirro and trialist Adam Whyte came on to bolster the midfield/defence and appeared to make the difference. Alexander continued to stand firm in the holding role and Somerville, at right back, also showed strength in maintaining the scoreline. In attack, Campbell and Dawson made searching runs with Dawson coming close with a flashing shot from an opportunity on the right. Dryburgh increased their lead in 65 minutes and followed this with a sixth 10 minutes later. The home side continued to drive forward, only to be thwarted by the Brechin defence and there was no further scoring before the final whistle.

Although Brechin have suffered defeat in the last three games these have been against the strongest teams in the league in what has become a difficult ending to the season.

However, credit must be given to the Brechin boys who have been working hard and also playing well, only to be beaten by top opposition.

Man of the match on the day was Ryan Alexander for his sterling play.

Special mention must also go to new boy Bailey Dawson who struck a lone figure up front trying to press an advantage and also to trialist Adam Whyte so showed well in his first game for Brechin.

Brechin; Irvine, Somerville, Thomson, Ryan Campbell, Stuart, Alexander, Duncan, Booth, Szyjut, Anderson, Dawson, Bareirro, Reece Campbell, Whyte and Souter.