Fine display by under-15s as they net nine

Brechin City Youths Football Club
Brechin City Youths Football Club

Brechin triumphed in this friendly game organised to try and keep both teams in match practice on a cup weekend in which both no longer featured.

However, the score does not reflect the overall levels of possession during the game and also does not reflect the opportunities missed by the Brechin boys.

Similar to last week, Brechin again started slowly, allowing Montrose to dictate play and pressurise the visitors defence, which stood firm.

Fourteen minutes into the game, Brechin broke through with Doan playing an excellent ball to release Anderson, who chased through and slipped the ball by the advancing ‘keeper.

Two minutes later, Brechin extended their lead with a fine finish from Walker who had chased down yet another ball from Doan in midfield, and chipped over the Vics’ goalkeeper.

Montrose regrouped and held firm until 30 minutes, when Irvine picked up the ball in midfield and drove hard down the right, leaving the defenders in his wake before cutting inside and driving home a fine shot from 15 yards.

Brechin should have gone further ahead two minutes later when Irvine, on yet another run, was judged to have been brought down in the box.

Doan stepped up to take the penalty and drove it low to the ‘keeper’s left, but a fine save saw the ball tipped round the post.

Half-time: Montrose 0, Brechin, 3

Brechin started the second half well, pressing the Vics boys hard with Anderson breaking through, but his final touch placed the ball over the bar.

Minutes later, Walker scored his second goal of the day, chasing a ball down the left from Barreiro and placing a perfect shot by the Vics’ ‘keeper.

Two goals in quick succession by Irvine brought about his hat trick, the first, a driving ball from 15 yards high into the Montrose net.

The second showed a fine solo effort, with Irvine driving up the right and beating three players before releasing a shot which was parried by the ‘keeper, but he was quick to pounce on the rebound and he buried the ball in the net.

Three further chances in two minutes failed to increase the Brechin lead, with two efforts just wide of the target, and the producing a fine save from the Montrose ‘keeper.

Brechin’s seventh came from Irvine with yet another run at the Montrose defence, but Brechin’s eighth was the best of the day.

Doan picked up the ball in his own half and drove down the right, cutting into the penalty area before releasing a shot from 12 yards.

A rare attack from Montrose resulted in a corner – the ball being driven across and bobbling around the penalty area before being picked up by Whyte who attempted an overhead kick, but the shot just skimmed by the post.

Irvine rounded off the day for Brechin with his fifth – another solo run which was completed by a fine shot past the ‘keeper.

Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro Stuart, Bruce, Irvine, Doan, Duncan, Booth, Anderson, Walker, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Souter, Szyjut and Watson.