Deserved success for Vics who net three

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Brechin Vics ended 2013 with a resounding victory over Lochee Harp at home on Saturday, December 28.

The weather could have caused problems, but the match was given the green light after a morning inspection.

The game started evenly with both sides getting used to the very soft surface.

It took Vics 15 minutes to have their first attempt on goal, when Gourlay had an effort saved.

It was C. Eaton with an attempt next for the home side, but the Harp ‘keeper saved easily.

Vics were now passing the ball well and had Harp pinned back in their own half.

Just as they looked to be beginning to dominate, the visitors had the best chance of the game but Robbie produced a great diving save from a Miller shot from some 18 yards.

Vics deservedly took the lead on 23 minutes when McKay latched on to a long Robbie clearance and played a neat exchange with Dunn before advancing and slotting the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

The home side kept their dominance and extended their lead just five minutes later when player/manager Charlie King charged down a Harp clearance before travelling 40 yards and expertly rounded the ‘keeper to slot the ball into the empty net.

It was all Vics for the last 15 minutes of the first half, with Ross having an effort just wide of the target before and incredible passage of play that saw Strachan have two attempts cleared off the goal line.

McKay also had a similar effort cleared off the line, with the ‘keeper well beaten.

Half-time: Brechin Vics, 2; Lochee Harp, 0.

Vics started where they finished the first half, dominating proceedings and playing some flowing football in the process.

They worked the wide areas very well and crosses into the box created chances for S. Mustard and C. Eaton but both their efforts were blocked by defenders.

Mid-way through the second half, Harp had their best period of play and put Vics under pressure.

Resolute defending by the back four of Gourlay, Ross, Cairney and Young worked hard to keep any efforts from the visitors to only long range attempts.

The home side made a substitution mid way through the second half with Renilson replacing McKay, who had opened the scoring.

Vics sealed all three points on 75 minutes when Young sent in a free kick from 20 yards which deceived the ‘keeper and ended up in the back of the net.

They continued to press for the remainder of the match but despite coming close were unable to add to the tally and ran out deserved three nil winners.

Team: Robbie, Gourlay, Young, Ross, Cairney, Strachan, McKay, S. Mustard, Dunn, King and C. Eaton. Subs: Renilson, Stephen, R Mustard, S Eaton and Harrison.

A spokesman for the club commented: “This was a well deserved victory for Vics playing some excellent football in the process on what was a very difficult surface.

“The two early goals gave them a platform and it was vitally important for moral and confidence that the defence kept a clean sheet.”

Vics were set to face Coupar Angus on January 4, but the match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. They are set to host Scone Thistle at home this Saturday (January 11) at 1.30 p.m.