Brechin City Youths Under-13s made the long trek to St Andrews for this top of the table clash knowing that defeat would knock them from top spot for the first time in five months.
The game had an even start and with about 15 minutes gone some hesitant defending was punished as St Andrews took the lead.
Brechin responded well, playing some football which was pleasant on the eye and this paid off when a flowing move down the right involving no less than five players resulted in Calum McKelvie scoring at the back post after the ‘keeper had saved his initial effort.
Brechin came close again with a long range effort from Kieran Longmuir drifting just wide with the ‘keeper beaten.
They then missed a glorious chance to take the lead when a point blank effort was miscued straight into the ‘keepers arms.
Half-time: St Andrews 1, Brechin Under-13s 1.
The second half started and the weather conditions worsened with Brechin playing into a strong driving rain. For much of the remainder of the game Brechin struggled to get out of their own half and coming under sustained pressure.
They found themselves 2-1 down following another defensive mix up with the keeper being caught out of position giving the striker an easy finish.
Two injuries followed closely which further disrupted the shape of the team. After a Brechin midfielder was caught by a late tackle which forced him off, the ball broke to a St Andrews players who played a long clearance which found it’s way straight through to the striker who raced on unchallenged to make it 3-1.
St Andrews added a fourth and the game was played out with Brechin failing to make any further chances.
A club spokesperson said: “Following a bright first half the boys couldn’t continue their passing football into the second half. A combination of poor decision making in possession, poor weather conditions, individual errors and poor refereeing ultimately cost the team top spot in the league. The team are on a poor run of results and will look to turn that round next game against another good side, Logie in the quarter final of the Diamond Jubilee Cup.”