Under-16s defeated by league leaders

Brechin City Youths Under-16s lost out to a strong Ferry side, who are currently league leaders.

As Brechin’s first and reserve goalkeepers were unavailable, the position fell to Billy Irvine who is more at home playing at the opposite end of the park a Brechin’s striker.

Irvine played a very strong game and his performance could not be faulted as he worked hard in this unusual position.

Ferry are known for their passing and possession game and, straight from the start they pressurised the Brechin goal.

With just five minutes on the clock Ferry went ahead - a well worked move culminating in a cross from the left which was met with a strong, cross goal shot which was outwith Irvine’s reach.

Brechin, although under strong pressure, also fought back and held the game in check.

Twenty minutes into the half Brechin drew level - Walker picked up the ball in midfield and made a driving run down the right before crossing across the penalty area where Booth met the ball and calmly slotted the ball under the Ferry ‘keeper.

Play see-sawed back and forth as Ferry pressed the Brechin defence and the Brechin boys fought back.

Ferry regained the lead in thirty three minutes - a rare mix up in the Brechin defence allowed the Ferry forward an opportunity to drive a shot goalward. Irvine was unsighted and could not save the shot.

Ferry further extended their lead right on half time - a thundering shot from 18 yards was driven high into the net leaving Irvine no chance.

Half-time: Brechin Under 16s 1, Ferry Yellow 3.

Ferry started the second half pressurising the Brechin midfield and defence right from the kick off and they further extended their lead from a corner with just 10 minutes played. Two further goals within 15 minutes sealed the game.

Brechin fought well to try and draw back into the game but the Ferry team were too strong and Brechin could not gain any return for their efforts.

A club spokesperson said: “Brechin committed themselves well on the day but lost out to the likely league winners and can also take heart from the fact that they have scored twice in their ties with Ferry this year - a feat not repeated by many others in the league. Man of the match for Brechin was Thomson who committed himself well in defence/midfield.”

Team: Irvine, Somerville, Thomson, Souter, Ryan Campbell, Duncan, Booth, Walker, Szyjut, Alexander, Stuart, Booth, Reece Campbell, Dawson.