Brechin City 4
St James 2
Brechin City Under-15’s secured a hard fought win against St James of Dundee to secure their second league win of the season - making it two wins from two games.
Following the 5-0 win against Lochside in the opening game of the 2013/14 campaign, Brechin were looking to continue with the form shown and very quickly brought the game to light with a goal within three minutes of the start.
Conor Doan sent a long searching ball into the St James defence which was pounced upon by Billy Irvine - running through into the box and driving a shot hard and low past the ‘keeper into the bottom corner of the net.
Shocked, the St James boys fought back and the game became a physical battle in midfield as both teams challenged for control.
Brechin stood up well to the physical strength of St James team and drove hard on the opposition goal on a number of occasions, with shots just passing by the post or over the bar.
St James had very few opportunities but those they had were comfortably dealt with by the strong Brechin defensive back line.
About 20 minutes into the game Brechin were again rewarded following some fine play by Josh Peters cutting the ball back for the onrushing Doan to net a fine goal.
Now two goals ahead, they pressed home attack after attack and came close to a third in 31 minutes. A corner on the right was floated in by C. Booth and Doan rose clear to head just past the far post.
Not to be outdone, St James fought back and were rewarded with a corner. A well flighted ball was caught by the St James forward whose fine header crept in just under the bar.
Brechin 2, St James 1.
The second half started the way the first had finished - at a punishing pace and with both teams vying for control.
The hard work undertaken in training over the summer months was beginning to show - Brechin having a superior fitness and matching St James at every turn.
The pace of the game remained high and Brechin went further ahead with 15 minutes gone - goalkeeper Sim driving a fine kick-out long into the St James half - Irvine flew after it and drove hard down the right wing, cutting inside the left back just inside the box and again driving a shot across the ‘keeper into the bottom left hand corner.
The Brechin boys were keen to drive home the advantage, and six minutes later a superb 20 yard shot from Doan beat the ‘keeper and went in off the underside of the bar to give Brechin their fourth, and Doan’s second of the match.
St James continued to drive at the Brechin defence but the midfield and back four worked well together to thwart their efforts.
Their persistence was rewarded 30 minutes into the half with a rare slip-up by the Brechin defence - a low shot across goal failed to be picked up and was pounced upon by the St James forwards - slipping the ball past an out-coming Sim.
St James again fought back trying to secure a third but again the Brechin midfield and back four worked hard to keep them at bay.
A spokesman for the club said: “This was another fine team effort by Brechin in a high paced game which had all parents and supporters on the edge for the duration of the match.”
Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Barreiro, Ryan Campbell, Booth, Stuart, Doan, Reece Campbell, Peters, Irvine, Walker, Church-Forbes, Souter, Szyjut and Duncan.
The under-15s’ next match is away for Forfar this Sunday (September 1).