Temper and bookings are the downfall

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A lacklustre first half performance and a bad tempered game which saw four players booked (two for each side) proved to be the downfall for Brechin in this first game of the second half of the season.

St James were keen to take revenge from the game earlier in the term and came out fighting - taking an early lead in two minutes.

Throughout the first half Brechin were second to every ball and did not show the energy and commitment seen during the last three games.

However, in 16 minutes the highlight of Brechin’s day came from a superb end to end move.

Barreiro’s goal kick was picked up by Reece Campbell, who passed through to Walker, who subsequently sent a superb lob over the ‘keeper’s head from 25 yards to level the score.

Brechin did not capitalise on the equaliser and lost three further goals in the run up to half time.

Half-time: St James 4, Brechin 1.

The second half started as had the first - St James extending their lead within three minutes and Brechin retaliating within a further minute - Allison heading in from a Walker corner.

Brechin appeared to be coming back into the match but could not make up any ground. A number of chances went astray, including a strong free kick taken by Duncan from the edge of the penalty box which flew over the top right hand corner of the St James’ goal.

St James extended their tally to six by mid way through the second half.

Brechin fought back but to no avail, until five minutes later when Irvine chased a 50/50 ball to the St James’ ‘keeper and managed to connect and drive the ball under the advancing player. However, both ended up needing treatment after the clash.

The game played for the last 10 minutes with the final score St James 6, Brechin 3.

A spokesperson for the club said: “This was not one of Brechin’s better performances and results in St James drawing equal third with Brechin behind Discovery and Forfar.”

Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Church-Forbes, Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Doan, Stuart, Syjut, Walker, Irvine, Barreiro, Souter, Booth, Bruce, Duncan