First round defeat for Under-15s

Brechin City Youths’ Under-15s fell foul of a strong Forfar side to exit the first round of the J. Bolton cup at the weekend.

From the start, Brechin found themselves under pressure in midfield and failed to make any impression on the Forfar defence.

Missing Doan and Irvine, Brechin rearranged the format of the team with Duncan playing the central role in midfield, with Walker playing as the lone striker.

Three well-taken goals in the first half saw Forfar reach half time with little challenge on their goal.

However, at the other end Sim, in the Brechin goal, and the Brechin back four played a major part in ensuring the score was not greater.

Duncan and Stuart were working hard in midfield, but Forfar were first to every ball and followed up well with good supporting play.

The second half showed a better performance from Brechin, but again they were unable to capitalise on a series of efforts on the Forfar goal as shots from Stuart and Walker failed to hit the target, as did efforts from Booth and Campbell.

Walker, as always, gave a strong performance up front but, on the day, was unable to convert the few chances available.

Substitutes Campbell, Church-Forbes, Souter, and Szyjut also made an impact in midfield and defence but not enough to turn the game round.

Three further goals from Forfar throughout the half killed off the tie.

A spokesman for the club said: “Forfar showed why they are league leaders with a sound performance on the day. Brechin worked hard throughout the game, but were unable to capitalise on their chances and showed fortitude in working hard right to the end of the game.”

Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Barreiro, Watson, Booth, Duncan, Stuart, Bruce, Walker, Mitchell, Church-Forbes, Souter, Szyjut and Campbell.

The side return to league action next week, with a trip to face Montrose Vics.