City youths through to second round

Brechin City Youths Under-13s hosted Tayport on Sunday at Brechin High School in the first round of the Ross Ballantine Cup.

Having only been beaten by a single goal two weeks ago by the same opponents, a close game was forecast.

It was Brechin who took the game to the opposition from the kick-off, with a number of chances created with Steele and then Pionke shooting narrowly wide.

Any chances that the opposition created landed in the safe hands of Clark in goal, who was excellent throughout.

With Crosby and Sawyer pulling the strings in the midfield and the Brechin defence taking care of everything that was being thrown at them, it was not long before Brechin established a lead, when Steele got on the end of a Crosby pass to finish low past the ‘keeper.

They extended their lead on 18 minutes when the hard working Rogerson beat his full back, got to the by-line and crossed for Stewart to knock in at the far post.

Chance after chance was being created but the boys could not add to their total until Sawyer took aim from the edge of the box and left the ‘keeper with no chance with a fantastic strike for a well deserved 3-0 half-time score.

The second half was a more even affair with chances falling to both teams.

Brechin increased their lead on 47 minutes, when Sawyer found Matthew Mitchell in the box, who drilled the ball into the corner of the net.

Both teams continued to press, and it was Tayport who ended the scoring with a deflected shot that flew past Clark for a final 4-1 scoreline and a place in round two for the home side.

Team: Charlie Crosbie, Logan Milne, Lamb, Renilson, Sam Crosbie, Sawyer, Clark, Rogerson, Stewart, Pionke, Steele, Keir Milne, Matthew Mitchell, Grieve, Donald, Andrew Mitchell and Marwood.

Brechin are next in action in Dundee on Sunday (December 15), where they will face Dryburgh.