Brechin U17s collect first points of the season

Brechin City U17s gained their first point of the 2015-16 league campaign with a 2-2 draw after a fast paced tie at St James (Dundee).

The match was well balanced with both teams keen to add to their points tally.

St James started strongly, pressing the Brechin defence from the kick off and continuing to drive for any advantage.

The Brechin back four, ably supported by the return of Daniel Barber in goal, held firm and in turn drove back up field at every opportunity.

The breakthrough came after just nine minutes as Brechin drove upfield and won a corner on the left.

Dawson floated in a superb ball which was met with a cross-goal glancing header by O’Neill which left the keeper helpless.

Further attacks by Brechin saw Dawson and Wotherspoon causing havoc with the St James defence but they could not capitalise on the opportunities.

Booth drove down the left wing and sent a stinging shot across the goalmouth, beating the keeper, but only to see it skim by outside the right hand post.

St James were driving forward with long, high balls out of defence - trying to beat the offside trap and make use of their speedy centre forward.

This play eventually worked - midway through the half, a long ball from the keeper came over the top of the Brechin central defensive pair and resulted in a one on one tussle between forward and keeper.

Barber came out bravely but was just beaten by a low ball to his left.

Barber, however, apart from this one defeat was having a superb game in goal - commanding his line, picking off shots and headers alike with ease and giving confidence to his defensive team mates.

The match see-sawed back and forward as both teams strived to gain an advantage but half time arrived with the scores still level.

Brechin themselves soon sought the direct approach, Dawson and Campbell chasing upfield and playing havoc with the St James defence.

The game was marred by a red card for the St James keeper early in the second half.

Booth made a drive in from the right and drove into the penalty area and tangled with the keeper who appeared to raise his hands and pushed Booth away.

The referee stepped in quickly to diffuse the situation and the keeper was shown the red card. However, no penalty was given.

Minutes later the replacement keeper made a fine save from another driving header from the Brechin boys.

This was followed a few minutes later by Brechin’s second of the day.

Brechin were awarded a free kick just outside the box - Dawson stepped up and drove a shot at goal which was deflected back out into the penalty area. In the resulting goalmouth skirmish, O’ Neill connected and drove the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the day.

Dawson and Wotherspoon were still working hard up front to try and gain an advantage and two further clear chances were missed by the Brechin boys.

St James were still driving at the Brechin goal as the game played out in an end to end fashion, with the Brechin back four holding firm against long balls through the centre and driving play down each wing.

A momentary lapse of concentration allowed St James back into the game. Following a driving run down the right wing a long, low ball was driven across goal. The St James centre forward slipped his marker and was left a clear shot at goal beating the Brechin keeper.

This was a solid performance by the new look Brechin team as they work to gel.