Brechin City 1
Brechin City Under-14’s run into the end of the season continued with another difficult game against top of the table opposition - this week against Monifieth.
Monifieth, fresh from a cup final win against Montrose on Friday night, were keen to continue their winning streak and drove hard at Brechin from the start.
Twice in the first 10 minutes the Monifieth boys were through on goal only to be thwarted by the out rushing ‘keeper Sim, who forced shots wide on both occasions.
The majority of the first half was a midfield battle between the teams - neither willing, nor wishing, to surrender territory.
Brechin’s best chance came in 22 minutes with Irvine chasing a long ball through from midfield, only to see his shot saved by the ‘keeper.
The deadlock was finally broken in 28 minutes when the Monifieth forward beat the Brechin offside trap with a high ball over the top being chased down by the Monifieth centre forward and slotting the ball past the advancing ‘keeper from the edge of the box.
Brechin tried valiantly to level the score before half time but to no avail.
Half Time - Monifieth, 1; Brechin, 0.
Monifieth drove into attack straight from the kick off and secured a second - even though the Brechin boys thought the forward to be offside.
The game followed the pattern of the first half - a battle in midfield being fought by both teams. Fifteen minutes into the half Sim again saved the day with a fine double save - parrying the shot and then saving the rebound.
Brechin fought hard to stay in the match with substitute Barreiro playing well in the midfield role.
Three minutes later Monifieth were awarded a free kick on the edge of the goal area - the resultant shot being well placed above the wall and just out of reach of the ‘keeper.
Brechin again countered with a series of attacks - Duncan seeing a long shot turned round the post by the Monifieth ‘keeper.
From the corner they attacked again and were rewarded when Duncan slotted the ball past the ‘keeper to get Brechin on the score sheet.
Following substitution Monifieth changed tactics and drove at the Brechin defence with a series of long balls from midfield being chased by the fresh legs of the forwards - this resulted in two further goals before the final whistle.
Although beaten, Brechin showed improvement with fine performances from all the boys especially Barreiro and Sim.
Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Grant,Watson, Campbell, Church-Forbes, Doan, Walker, Duncan, Irvine, Booth, Smith, Carle, Szybut and Barreiro.