Brechin fire five in friendly

Brechin City Youths travelled to Dundee to play Broughty again this week for an “inter league friendly” tie.

As a result of the senior side’s game against Rangers, and several last minute call-offs, Brechin were down to the bare minimum of 11 players for the game.

The unavailability of regular players saw a few of the team playing out of position, with C. Smith taking up the role of goalkeeper and a makeshift defence of Campbell, Stuart, Duncan and Hay playing behind a midfield of Irvine, Campbell, Szyjut, Doan and Booth.

Anderson took on the role of the lone striker.

Brechin lost the toss, and Broughty elected to play the first half against the strong wind.

The first five minutes saw Brechin struggle against the larger and more physical boys from Broughty.

However, they soon picked up where they had left off the previous week, and after just 11 minutes, a perfectly weighted pass from Campbell found Anderson, who drew the ‘keeper out and slotted past to take the lead.

This settled the visitors – and just three minutes later, Stuart’s long goal kick was flicked on by Doan and met by Anderson, who perfectly chipped the advancing goalkeeper to notch up his second of the day.

Twenty minutes into the half, Broughty conceded a free kick and Doan stepped up to deliver a perfect shot from around 35 yards out.

This shot was definitely a candidate for the goal of the season

For the remainder of the first half, Brechin created numerous chances, however some stout defending by Broughty and fine play by the goalkeeper kept the scoreline the same.

On the stroke of half time, a rare chance for Broughty brought a great finger tip save from Smith.

Half-time: Broughty, 0

Brechin, 3

The homeside came out fighting in the second half and, with a strong wind behind them, they scored a well taken goal after only two minutes had been played.

For the next 10 minutes, the game became a midfield battle until Brechin eventually started pushing them back with some lovely passing play down both the left and right wings.

Anderson was denied a penalty after being challenged harshly by the Broughty goal keeper.

However, Brechin’s next goal did not take long to appear.

A perfectly weighted pass by Doan found Irvine, who powered in and chipped the advancing goalkeeper.

This appeared to take the wind out of Broughty’s sails, and with continued pressure, the visitors soon went further ahead.

Irvine, who was having yet another fine game, showed great skill on the right, crossing the ball to Anderson, who netted to earn a well-deserved hat trick.

Brechin saw the game out with some superb passing moves involving the midfield and strikers.

They had the chance to score a sixth goal in the final seconds of the match, with Booth unleashing a sizzling shot which just scraped over the bar.

Team: Smith, Campbell, Hay, Duncan, Stuart, Irvine, Doan, Reece Campbell, Szyjut, Anderson and Booth.

A spokesman for the club said: “This was one of the best team performances of the season, which saw everyone playing their part in difficult conditions.

“Thank you also to all the parents and helpers for their continued support of the team.”