Brechin City Under-15s continued to build on their league performance with a superb display on a cold day and on a heavy pitch at St Andrews.
Travelling with only 12 players, and based on the earlier season clash, this could have been a tricky tie for the Brechin boys, however they again rose to the challenge and steadfastly worked their way to an impressive victory.
The forward pairing of Walker and Anderson, ably supported by Booth and Irvine on the left/right flank of midfield, played havoc with the St Andrews’ defence straight from the start of the game, Booth especially making his presence felt against physically larger opposition.
Supported by Doan and Duncan in midfield, Brechin controlled the majority of the first half.
St Andrews defended solidly for the first 20 minutes until Doan received the ball from the right flank and deftly flicked it on with the outside of his left foot over the Colts ‘keeper for a superb opener.
Eight minutes later, they extended their lead when Walker drove down the wing and crossed to find Anderson waiting to head past the helpless ‘keeper.
They continued to press and Anderson added a second to his growing tally – this time fed by Stuart from midfield.
Half-time: St Andrews, 0; Brechin Under 15s, 3.
Playing against the wind in the second half, Brechin made a rare error with only two minutes of play on the clock.
A clearance by Sim in goal failed to be picked up by the midfield, and this was pounced upon by St Andrews – a driving 20 yard shot beating Sim in the Brechin goal.
The home side took heart from the goal and strung together some good midfield play.
The Brechin defence of Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart, and Souter soaked up the pressure and in return set up some fine moves to midfield – one of which saw a fine solo run from Doan from deep in his own half, driving through the midfield before slipping a pass to Anderson to fire in his third of the day.
Four minutes later, Anderson was again involved in Brechin’s fifth – flighting a beautiful corner into the crowded goal area, where Irvine fearlessly dived in to head past the defence and ‘keeper.
Brechin’s sixth came from an error similar to that which saw St Andrews take their goal – a poor clearance from the St Andrews’ ‘keeper was pounced upon by Doan who drove home an unstoppable shot.
Substitute Reece Campbell received his reward for a solid game in midfield right on the final whistle.
Cutting in from the left, he beat one defender before rifling a shot into the net.
His somersault celebration was the last move of the game.
Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart, Souter, Irvine, Doan, Duncan, Booth, Anderson, Walker and Reece Campbell
A club spokesman said: “This was arguably Brechin’s best performance of the season – all boys and all parts of the team working well together and playing some well drilled passing football and challenging first for every ball.
“The team will now have a well-earned break, returning to action on January 12.
“The management and players would like to thank all parents, carers, helpers, and supporters for their continued support and hope you all had Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”