St. Murdoch 2
Brechin Under-15s 6
Brechin City Youths’ Under-15s team made a return to winning form against St Murdoch at Victoria Park, Arbroath.
However, this was a classic “game of two halves” with Brechin struggling to gain control of the midfield in the first half.
After early pressure from the kick off, Brechin were stunned by a goal in nine minutes, following a long ball through the midfield.
A midfield battle ensued with St Murdoch taking the initiative and pressurising the Brechin defence, who fought strongly to keep the Arbroath boys at bay – the right side pairing of Somerville and Allison soaking up the pressure and fighting bravely to keep the lines clear and trying to forge an advantage.
The left pairing of Campbell and Barreiro worked similarly as hard and achieved a breakthrough in 24 minutes. A ball through to Peters saw him fire a shot at the St. Murdoch goal, which was parried by the keeper, only for Irvine to pounce on it and draw the game level.
Helped on by the goal, they again fought back and pressurised the St Murdoch goal coming close again in 38 minutes when Walker chased a ball through, only to see it shade by the post.
St Murdoch fought straight back from the resulting bye-kick and drove up the right hand side of the field, beating the defence with a deft touch slotting the ball past the out-coming Sim.
Half-time: St Murdoch 2, Brechin 1.
The second half started as the first had finished – a midfield battle as both sides tried to press home the advantage. For 15 minutes, it appeared as if there was to be no breakthrough.
Then Brechin began to find the extra yard, and the passes began to hit the target forwards, allowing them to press the St Murdoch defence.
Almost half way through the half Walker chased down a long through ball and deftly slotted it by the ‘keeper for the equaliser.
The game now came alive as St Murdoch fought to regain the lead and Brechin sought the advantage – the breakthrough coming in 31 minutes for Brechin.
Duncan picked up the ball in midfield and spotted Irvine – his pass was well weighted for Irvine to run on and drive the ball past the on-rushing ‘keeper.
Brechin’s heads were now up and they drove hard at the St Murdoch defence, and they were rewarded with a fourth goal four minutes later when Irvine’s shot came back out to Doan, who fired a shot off his weaker right foot high into the net.
From the resulting kick off, Brechin won the ball and drove straight back at the Arbroath lads – a speculative shot from 20 yards by Duncan was deflected off the defender’s foot and soared high into the net past the helpless ‘keeper.
Two minutes into added time, Brechin added a sixth as a ball through from Church-Forbes was pounced upon bravely by Irvine to head past the ‘keeper for his hat-trick.
Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Barreiro, Ryan Campbell, Stuart, Doan, Peters, Szyjut, Irvine, Walker, Booth, Reece Campbell, Souter, Church-Forbes and Duncan.
The Under-15s are next in action on Sunday, September 15, when they take to Brechin Vics’ home ground, Nursery Park, for their Scottish Cup tie against Stanley Socca from Dunkeld. The match will kick off at 1 p.m., and it is hoped that parents, family, friends and football fans come along to support the side.