Brechin City U14’s earn hard fought draw at Abroath

Arbroath 3

Brechin City U14s 3

Brechin U14s travelled to Arbroath on Sunday to face an Arbroath side who were equal fifth with them in the league.

A hard fought match, on a freezing cold and wet day, saw the sides remain locked in place at fifth (mid-table) in the league, thanks in part to an outstanding game by Brechin ‘keeper, James Sim.

The start of the match was delayed by 15 minutes due to an issue with a waterlogged section of the pitch, which finally passed inspection, and both teams were keen to make a good start following the delay.

Brechin went straight into the attack with a fine move by Walker sending a ball through to Irvine whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

Arbroath fought straight back with a long ball through to their forward who sent a shot toward the Brechin goal which was saved by Sim turning the ball round the far post.

Arbroath kept up the pressure and again Sim was called into action to make another fine save from the Arbroath forwards who had beaten the Brechin defensive line.

Only 14 minutes into the game the Brechin combination of Walker and Irvine again caused problems for the Arbroath defence - a free kick from Walker sent through to Irvine who, with just the ‘keeper to beat, sent he ball wide of the left hand post.

Two minutes later, Doan sent a fine ball to Walker who again put Irvine through, this time shooting just wide of the right hand post!

Arbroath rallied back into attack, once again to be thwarted by Sim who again made a fine save to turn the ball round the post.

Mid-way through the first half, Arbroath finally broke the deadlock with another fine run by the their forwards leaving the Brechin defence behind and driving a shot low into the bottom right hand corner passed an advancing Sim.

Spurred on by the loss of the goal, the Brechin boys stepped up a gear and the midfield duo of Doan and Duncan fought hard to try and make a breakthrough - on 28 minutes Duncan fired in a long range shot which was well saved by the ‘keeper,

Four minutes later Brechin finally got their reward - a fine cross ball to Irvine who collected it well and drove forward to beat the oncoming keeper.

Brechin’s tails were now up and they drove right back into attack with a long range effort from Duncan just skimming the bar, followed by another shot from Doan being saved by the ‘keeper. Right on half time, Walker again drove through only to see his shot passing outside the left hand post.

Half-time: Arbroath, 1; Brechin, 1.

Down to 10 men (due to injury) and playing with the wind, Arbroath came out for the second half determined to win back the advantage and within two minutes had taken back the lead with another good move beating the Brechin defence.

Brechin again fought back taking the game into the Arbroath half and pushing hard to try and draw level,

A combination of a solid shot by Duncan, which was parried by the ‘keeper, followed up sharply by Irvine saw his shot fall frustratingly wide of the post.

The game continued with end to end play - both teams working to try and develop the lead/win back to level score.

Unfortunately for Brechin the advantage finally fell to Arbroath, a long ball through beating the defence and being pounced upon by the Arbroath forward to beat an advancing J Sim who just failed to reach the resulting shot.

Brechin again pulled together as a team and drove back into Arbroath with a renewed energy, forcing attack after attack, and in twenty two minutes were rewarded by a fine effort combining a pass back from Irvine to Duncan who drove a superb 20 yard shot low past the Arbroath goalkeeper.

Not wishing to give up their lead, the Arbroath boys fought back driving at the Brechin defence with a series of attacks, only to be thwarted by some fine defensive play by the back four of Somerville, Allison, Church- Forbes, and Watson.

A long driving run by the Arboath forward starting on the left wing and driving across the pitch to the right hand side saw Somerville track across and finally execute a perfectly timed tackle on the edge of the box, denying a potential goal scoring opportunity.

Brechin were determined not to let the game slip away and mounted attack after attack, Irvine driving at the defence to see yet another shot slip by the post and firing just over the bar from a corner - it seemed he was not going to increase his tally on the day.

However, in the last minute of regular time Szyjut collected the ball on the left side of the field, beat the oncoming defender, and placed a fine pass through to Irvine who finally received his reward with his second goal of the match, beating the advancing keeper and placing a shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Four minutes of added time and Brechin were still driving forward - desperate for the win. However the Arbroath boys were not to be out-done and the final whistle went with the scores level.

Brechin team - J Sim, E Somerville, C Doan, C Smith, M Carle, A Watson, K Church-Forbes, S Duncan, B Irvine, R Campbell, T Barreiro, K Szyjut, C Booth, G Souter, R Allison, Z Walker.

Brechin U14’s next game takes place at Brechin on Sunday, March 24 where they will host Lochside. Kick-off is at 12.30 p.m.