Defeat for Brechin Under-16s

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Fairmuir 7

Brechin U16 0

Brechin lost out to Fairmuir in atrocious conditions and in a match of chances that were taken by Fairmuir but missed by Brechin.

The early pressure came from Brechin with good linking play in the midfield area eventually sending Dawson on a winding run down the right flank, ending with a driving shot into the side netting.

Play ranged from end to end as Fairmuir drove straight back up to the Brechin end and a fierce shot ranged just over the bar.

Within minutes Brechin pressed another attack - Somerville linking with Dawson and up to Irvine who chased down the right and crossed to Booth, whose long range shot was tipped over by the Fairmuir keeper.

Anderson floated over a perfect corner which was met by Duncan whose header was just wide off the target.

Minutes later Anderson, who appeared to be everywhere on the pitch and was playing a superb game, drove a 20-yard shot through a crowd of players only to see it, again, slip by the near post.

Brechin applied further pressure, winning yet another corner. Anderson again flighted in a superb ball which was met by Irvine who saw his shot slip, yet again, agonisingly by the post.

The resulting goal kick was driven up the Fairmuir right flank where the winger cut inside the Brechin defender before driving in a low cross across goal which was not dealt with, and subsequently driven home for Fairmuir’s first goal.

Five minutes later Fairmuir extended their lead. After winning a corner on the right the cross was met, undefended, to leave a free header into the net.

Brechin counter-attacked from the restart with a series of attacks on the Fairmuir goal, the most notable seeing Irvine drive forward on a fine solo run and unleash a shot high toward goal - only to see it skim by the right hand post.

The second half started as the first, at a frantic pace from both sides, and saw strong pressure from Fairmuir.

With seven minutes played a move down the middle was challenged by Irvine, the resulting shot finding its way back out to the edge of the 18-yard box only to be driven back in and out of the reach of Milligan.

Ten minutes later Fairmuir won another corner which again was unchallenged and a free header saw Fairmuir extend their lead yet again.

Though Brechin worked hard and created many more chances they could not capitalise on them. However. Fairmuir did take the limited chances they had and scored a further three goals before the end of the game.

Once again the main issue Brechin suffered was their inability to take their chances after playing a solid game. Notable performance of the day came from Robbie Anderson who worked tirelessly both in midfield and in attack.

Brechin: Milligan, Somerville, Thomson, Souter, Alexander, Booth, Duncan, Anderson, Irvine, Dawson, Szyjut, Campbell.