Stung by late goals

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Kirrie Thistle 2, Brechin Vics 0

BRECHIN Vics travelled to high flying Kirrie Thistle at the weekend and can feel unfortunate not to come away with a share of the points.

The game started very evenly with both sides trying to play football on a sunny but very windy afternoon.

The first chance fell to Vics on ten minutes when Valentine unleashed a shot from 40 yards which skimmed the crossbar.

It was Valentine again who had a chance after good play from McKenzie but his shot from 25 yards went well over the bar.

Chances were at a premium as most of the play was confined to the midfield but Robbie had to be on his toes to cut out a dangerous cross from the right.

McNaught had a great 40-yard run but his cross failed to pick out anyone in the box.

Kirrie retaliated and Robbie had an easy save from a shot from 20 yards.

Vics were a match for the opponents and Young should have done better from a shot from 18 yards but again failed to hit the target.

Seven minutes into the second half Young produced a great piece of skill to leave his marker stranded but his cut-back was cleared for a corner.

Vics almost took the lead on 57 minutes when a McNaught free-kick from 25 yards was parried by the diving keeper before being cleared by the Kirrie defence.

Kirrie came even closer three minutes later when a mis-hit Taylor shot fell to their striker ten yards from goal but a great Ross block kept the score-lines level.

It was becoming evident that the team that scored first would probably win the game and McNaught did his best for Vics with a couple of efforts which failed to trouble the keeper.

Kirrie took the lead on 83 minutes when a cross into the box found Russell, who, from 12 yards, headed the ball high over Robbie and into the corner of the net

Vics changed formation in attempts to get an equaliser and were caught on the break.

A Gourlay tackle was deemed a free-kick 20 yards out and he was subsequently sent off as he was last man.

The resultant free-kick was saved by Robbie. Kirrie again hit on the break a minute from time, breaching the Vics defence down the right, allowing Sievewright to tap home from four yards.

Brechin Vics - Robbie, Goulay, C. Eaton, P. Ross, Cairney, Valentine, Gauld, McKenzie, McNaught, Scott and Young; subs - Buggins, S. Eaton, Easton, Fyfe, Rodger and Robertson.

Vics in their last two games have proved more than a match for their promotion-chasing opponents but the truth is that they have failed to pick up any points.

A bit more believe in their ability together with a bit of luck will see Vics turn results around.

Vics have a free week this Saturday, but have been able to arrange a friendly away to Luncarty (kick-off 2 pm).