Brechin City Youths Under-15’s triumphed in this bad tempered match which both teams were keen to win and therefore were totally committed.
A total of five bookings, a sending off, three penalties, and a hat trick for Irvine were just a small part of the total game.
Brechin started well and took the lead after just nine minutes. Walker met a long ball on the volley and set Irvine off on a driving run, and he finished with a drive into the net for his first of the game.
Six minutes later, the homeside won a penalty when Doan was bundled over in the box. Anderson stepped up to take the spot kick and drove it past the helpless ‘keeper.
They kept up the pressure on the St Murdoch defence and extended their lead just four minutes later with Duncan collecting the ball and passing to Irvine on the half way line, who then drove hard down the right wing, cut in, and slammed the ball past the out coming ‘keeper for his second of the day.
Half-time: Brechin City Under-15s, 3; St Murdoch, 0.
The second half saw a major battle in midfield with St Murdoch trying to get back into the game, however the Brechin back four of Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart and Campbell stood firm against all that was driven at them.
Brechin won a penalty 22 minutes in to the second half, when Reece Campbell broke free and was pushed over by the St Murdoch ‘keeper.
Anderson unselfishly passed the duty to Irvine who was on a hat trick and Irvine did not disappoint firing the ball into the top left hand corner.
Minutes later St Murdoch won a penalty, this time converted well by the striker.
The visitors rallied after they scored and three minutes later, a rare mistake by the Brechin defence let St Murdoch through to score their second.
Brechin however, were not about to let the game slip away and raised their game to match the resurgent St Murdoch.
With just three minutes to play Brechin sealed the game after Szyjut collected the ball in midfield, fought hard and released Doan down the left. Doan finished with a superb drive for Brechin’s fifth of the day.
A spokesperson for the club said: “This was fine performance by the Brechin boys - working hard as a team and keeping cool heads under duress.”
Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Booth, Doan, Duncan, Anderson, Irvine, Walker, Szyjut, Reece Campbell, Bruce and Allison.