Brechin Vics 1
VICS were up against Super League outfit Carnoustie in the GA Engingeering Cup and knew they were in for a very difficult afternoon.
They started positively and took the game to Carnoustie. It was the visitors who drew first blood on eight minutes when a sweeping move down the right resulted in a Scott cross being met by McIlravey who smashed an unstoppable shot past Robbie from 10 yards.
Vics responded immediately when Buggins beat two Carnoustie defenders but his shot from 18 yards was saved by the keeper.
A poor defensive header presented Carnoustie with a chance but the combined efforts of Robbie and C Eaton cleared the danger. Robbie then had to produce a good save on 20 minutes from a corner.
Vics were still in the game and another good run by Buggins presented Whitworth with a chance but the ball went wide and was cleared. Carnoustie extended their lead on the half hour mark when a long ball caught out the Vics’ defence and mix up presented M. Scott with the easiest tasks of scoring into the empty net.
The home side was presented with an opportunity to reduce the leaway when Buggins was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Cairney stepped up but his spot kick was saved by the ‘keeper.
Half-time: Brechin Vics 0, Carnoustie Panmure 2.
Within two minutes of the restart Robbie was called into action and made a great save. Vics pulled a goal back on 50 minutes when a good attacking move resulted in Dunn’s shot being saved before C. Eaton followed up to slot the ball into the net from 12 yards.
Vics were dealt a blow on 55 minutes when P Ross sustained what looked a serious injury. S Eaton was his replacement.
Before Vics could reorganise they found themselves 3-1 down when Perera headed a near post corner into the net from five yards. The next period of play was confined to midfield with little in the way of chances.
It wasn’t until 75 minutes before the next chance came about when a Carnoustie ball into the box caused an almighty scramble before eventually being cleared. Two minutes later Robbie produced a great diving save at his near post.
Vics should have pulled a goal back on 80 minutes when a C. Eaton cross was met by Young at the back post but his header went wide of the tatget. Fyfe was next to try his luck but after beating three defenders his shot from 18 yards was saved by the ‘keeper. Carnoustie completed the scoring in stoppage time when they were awarded a penalty kick which was duly dispatched by substitute Neave.
Team: Robbie, Gourlay, Stark, Ross, Cairney, Easton, Laing, Dunn, Whitworth, Buggins, C Eaton. Subs- S Eaton, Fyfe, Young, Gauld
Although a better performance than previous weeks, Vics are still giving away soft goals. They battled bravely but a lack of composure and luck at crucial periods of the game was their downfall. Vics are on league business on Saturday, September 29, when they travel to meet Kirrie Thistle. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
The match against Carnoustie was sponsored by James Lammond Ltd. The Vics committee and players would like to thank them for their support.