U-14s continue to improve

St James, 5

Brechin City, 2

Brechin travelled to Dundee, with a team depleted by illness, to play against St James, who are currently sitting second in the league.

Some key team members were missing. However those roles were filled with boys willing to prove themselves against strong opposition.

The game started with both teams troubled by a strong wind blowing across the pitch, and some strong challenges from the Dundee team meant Brechin took a while to settle.

With the majority of the play in the Brechin half, it took some good goalkeeping by James Sim to keep the score level.

Brechin had few opportunities to press the St James goal.

Brechin held out till five minutes before half time when they conceded the first goal and then quickly lost two further goals up to the break.

Half-time: St James, 3, Brechin, 0.

After the break, having made a number of changes, Brechin started quickly and pushed forward to take the game to St James, creating some good chances and going close on a number of occasions.

However mid-way through the half St James scored a fourth.

Finally, after further pressure, Brechin got their reward with a goal from Billy Irvine which was followed by a second from Conor Doan.

This gave them new hope and they pressed forward with both Conor Doan and Cameron Booth hitting the woodwork, followed by further attempts which required a number of good saves from the St James goalkeeper.

Unfortunately, in taking the game to St James to try and claw back the deficit, Brechin were caught on the break with St. James scoring a fifth to finish off the game.

Following the recent lay-off from both training and competitive matches, and with players playing outwith their usual positions, this was a good team performance by Brechin City who continue to show improvement.

Thanks to all parents who travelled through to support the team.

Hopefully the team will be able to return to regular training now that the snow has gone.

Elsewhere in the Brechn City Youth squads, the under-19s were in Scottish Cup action on Sunday. They travelled to Links Park, Montrose, where they took on Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers. Unfortunately for the Brechin side, the visitors were too strong and left with an 8-1 victory, knocking the City outfit out of the Scottish Cup.

The full results from Sunday, February 2 for the youth football leagues were as follows:-

Under-13s: Diamond Jubilee Cup quarter-final - DUSC 3, Celtic 4 (after extra time).

Under-13s: Broughty Ferry Cafe Royale League - Arbroath 1, Dundee West 5; Broughty 9, Forfar 3; Ferry 3, Dryburgh 2; ACSC 3, Pitfour 3.

Under-13s: J. Clenaghan League - Club ‘83 9, Carnoustie 0; Dundee Thistle 1, Montrose 4; Fairmuir 9, Lochside 1.

Under-14s: D.S. Rennie League - Tayport 1, Ferry 1; Discovery 0, Dundee Rangers 4; Celtic 1, Fairmuir 9; Dryburgh 9, Dundee West 1.

Under-14s: Watson McInally League - St Andrews Colts 2, Monifieth 5; ACSC 7, Montrose Vics 1; St James 5, Brechin 2; Broughty 0, Montrose 2.

Under-15s: G. Taylor League - Arbroath 2, Luncarty Tans 4; Fairmuir 2, Broughty 4; Tayport 0, Kirrie 6; Scone Thistle 8, Monifieth 0; Ferry 0, DUSC 9.

Under-15s: P. Gibson League - Montrose 6, Brechin 1; Celtic 4, Dryburgh 3; Lincraig 4, Dundee West 5; St. Murdochs 8, Edzell 0.

Under-16s: Chuck McGowan Cup, quarter-final - Dryburgh 0, Kirrie 1; Dee Club 7, Carnoustie 5.

Under-16s: Maryfield League - Dundee Villa 3, Fairmuir 0; Montrose 1, DUSC 3; Ferry 4, Tayport 2; Brechin 6, Lochside 1.

Under-17s: Bridge Cup semi-final - Fairmuir 2, Ferry 1.,

Under-17s: MNT League - Montrose Vics 2, DUSC 1; Mains 6, Pitfour 5; ACSC 1, Luncarty 1.

Under-17s: J. Gourlay League - Dundee West 6, Arbroath 2; Monifieth 6, Broughty 1; St. Murdochs 1, Tayport 3.

Under-19s: Scottish Cup, third round - Brechin 1, Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 8.

Under-19s: J. Cord Cup, quarter-final - Ferry 9, Michelin 1.

Under-19s: President League - Domino 2, Carnoustie 4; Letham Tans 4, Fairmuir 1; Monifieth 7, Letham Wh 2; Forfar 7, Celtic 1.

The fixtures for Brechin City youth teams for Sunday, February 10 are as follows (matches kick-off at 2 p.m., unless stated):-

Under 14s - Brechin v Forfar (kick-off at 12.30 p.m.).

Under 15s - Brechin v St. Murdochs.

Under 16s - Ferry v Brechin (Dawson 1).

Under 19s - Michelin v Brechin (Fairmuir 1).