Narrow defeat in Scottish Cup tie for Brechin youths

Murdo Anderson (Coach), is presented with the sponsored Match Ball from Evelyn Todd and Wendy Smith of Cathedral City Taxis before the boys' game on Sunday. Also pictured is Mike Sangster (extreme right).

Murdo Anderson (Coach), is presented with the sponsored Match Ball from Evelyn Todd and Wendy Smith of Cathedral City Taxis before the boys' game on Sunday. Also pictured is Mike Sangster (extreme right).

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Brechin 4

Elgin star 5

Brechin City Youths kicked off their second round Scottish cup tie by putting Elgin star on the back foot.

Brechin took a deserved lead on 10 minutes when Walker played a fine ball down the channel to Naglik who beat his man and crossed to Page who shot home.

This seemed to fire up Elgin Star who controlled the rest of the half scoring four times without reply. The goals could have all been prevented from a Brechin defence point of view.

Half-time: Brechin 1, Elgin 4.

After a team talk and a reshuffle by manager Anderson and coach Sangster the second half got under way. Brechin needed a goal to get back into the game and it arrived with a brilliantly taken free kick from 25 yards by Halliday.

Naglik was causing the Elgin Star rear guard all sorts of problems with his pace and Brechin got an other goal back when Naglik burst through and played in Craig who crossed to Sangster who shot home.

Brechin continued to press and had it not been for five world-class saves by the Elgin Star keeper Brechin could have scored.

The home side drew level when Melville set up Craig who scored with a beautiful chip over the keeper.

With both teams going for a winner it was Elgin Star that came up with the answer with a shot from the edge of the box leaving Souter no chance.

Brechin had one last chance when a Black shot was tipped on to the post and out for a corner.

Manger Anderson said afterwards: “That was a cracking cup tie with both teams playing in the right manner and spirit that it was shame that someone had to lose.

“The crowd of over 100 were very well entertained and contributed to a great day. Thanks to Dougie and staff at the East End bar and Nova Lounge for their hospitality after the game.”

Man of the match was Dominic Naglik.

Their new match ball was kindly sponsored by Cathedral City Cabs,