St Murdoch 2-8 Brechin City
Brechin ran out clear winners in this friendly match played against St Murdoch at Arbroath.
Within one minute of the start Brechin went ahead - Reece Campbell set Dawson clear and he let loose a fierce shot from 18 yards which left the St Murdoch ‘keeper no chance.
Two minutes later Brechin extended their lead when Somerville found Irvine with a telling pass. Irvine drove in from the right wing and unleashed a shot which found its way into the back of the net via the head of a St Murdoch defender.
Brechin continued to pressurise the St Murdoch defence with wave after wave of telling attacks.
Brechin’s third came from a superb move - Dawson unleashed a huge throw in from the right touchline which was met with a glancing cross-goal header by Irvine for his second of the game.
Play was then concentrated in midfield with St Murdoch desperate to try and get back into the game.
However Brechin continued to pressurise and in a three minute spell added a further two goals to extend their lead.
The first of the duo - Brechin’s fourth (and Irvine’s hat trick) came in 26 minutes.
Reece Campbell sent a long telling ball to Irvine who chased the ball down and unleashed a superb cross goal shot which left the ‘keeper stranded.
Two minutes late Reece Campbell hit the score-sheet himself - a corner from Anderson was met by Campbell whose header looped high into the net at the back post for Brechin’s fifth.
St Murdoch drew a goal back direct from the restart: a long ball into the Brechin penalty area caused a mix up within the defence and the St Murdoch forward easily slotted the ball home.
Just before half time St Murdoch scored a second when a soft penalty was awarded and Milligan in the Brechin goal just failed to save the shot.
The majority of the second half was played out in the midfield area - St Murdoch trying to claw back the deficit and Brechin keen to extend their lead.
Brechin’s breakthrough came midway through the half; Anderson sent through a long ball which was chased down by Irvine who rounded the keeper and sent the ball into the empty net.
Brechin’s seventh was the result of a well-placed kick out from Milligan which was collected by Dawson who rounded the defender and drove the ball home.
To close off the game, Brechin’s eighth came from a beautifully placed free kick from Thomson.
Almost 20 yards out and to the left of goal, Thomson carefully placed the ball and drove it high into the wall where it was deflected off a defender into the back of the net.
This was a good team performance by the Brechin boys with all areas working well together.
Man of the match was Billy Irvine for his piercing runs in attack and his sterling work in midfield.
Thomson in defence also played a superb game, marshalling the defence and creating chances for the forward line.
Team: Milligan, Souter,,Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Duncan, Szyjut, Somerville, Thomson, Dawson, Irvine, Anderson, Alexander