Brechin City Youths Under-16s lost out narrowly in this fast paced, and often ill-tempered match against Discovery from Dundee.
The home tie was played at Luthermuir because of the lack of a good quality playing surface in Brechin.
From the start the game was played at a fast pace – Discovery keen to avenge their defeat at the hands of the Brechin boys earlier in the season, and Brechin keen to get back to winning ways in the league.
With 25 minutes gone, Brechin were given a chance to go ahead. Szyjut, on a probing run, was brought down in the penalty box and the referee duly awarded a spot kick.
Duncan stepped up to take the penalty and drove it low and hard, only to see the ‘keeper pull off a great save with his feet. Duncan pounced on the rebound, but again the ‘keeper was there to deflect the shot over the bar.
Brechin, unphased by not capitalising on the opportunity, continued to pressurise the Discovery defence and their efforts were rewarded just four minutes later.
A long ball out from the midfield was chased down by Irvine, who turned first right and then left to beat the defender before unleashing a vicious left foot shot passed the diving ‘keeper.
Not to be outdone, Discovery pressed hard to try and get back into the game – a ranging shot from 20 yards was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Sim in the Brechin goal.
The visitors seemed to be pressurising the Brechin side more strongly now, desperate to get back on level terms but the defence held firm.
Sim was playing an outstanding game in the Brechin goal and was ably supported by his defence.
Souter cleared off the line on a rare occasion that Sim was beaten, and again a few minutes later, Sim brilliantly saved a certain goal with his outstretched legs.
Half-time: Brechin U16s 1, Discovery 0.
The second half carried on as the first had ended with Discovery pressing for the equaliser, but Brechin also pressed on the breakaway with Anderson, Irvine, and Reece Campbell working hard to break down the Discovery defence.
Discovery’s equaliser came after 15 minutes after a rare lapse in the Brechin defensive line saw Discovery take the opportunity to breach the offside trap. The initial shot was saved by Sim, but the rebound was driven home.
Brechin fought back again as Irvine took a long ranging run through from midfield which saw him one-on-one against the keeper, only to see his shot saved.
However, with just eight minutes to go, Discovery took the lead.
A driving run down the left saw a vicious shot parried by Sim at the near post, but the rebound was driven low into the net.
Although Brechin fought back well, they cold not capitalise on their chances and ended up losing out narrowly on the day.
A club spokesperson said: “This was another good team performance by Brechin against a strong opposition. All areas of the team played well, but the man of the match was undoubtedly James Sim in the Brechin goal.”
Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Souter, Thomson, Alexander, Duncan, Anderson, Booth, Szyjut, Irvine, Walker, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell and Stuart.
Brechin’s next game is a home tie against Ferry Yellow from Dundee – the current league leaders – on Sunday March 29 at 2 p.m.