Under-16s net six in friendly

Brechin Under-16s 6

Montrose Vics 1

Four goals from Irvine and two from Anderson completed a comprehensive victory over neighbours Montrose Vics in this friendly match.

Straight from the kick off, Brechin took the game to Montrose; Somerville sent a superb ball to Thomson who crossed to Irvine who shot just wide.

Within eight minutes Brechin took the lead – Anderson gathered the ball, slipped round the defender and drove down the right wing before unleashing a perfect cross to Irvine who turned his marker inside out and drove a perfect left foot shoot which left the Montrose ‘keeper no chance.

Brechin kept up the pressure and the Anderson/Irvine combination worked again for Brechin’s second – this time Irvine collected the ball in midfield, chipped his opponent, and drove toward the Montrose goal before crossing to Anderson who calmly slipped the ball through the advancing ‘keeper’s legs.

Irvine’s second and Brechin’s third was a product of great play between midfield and the forwards – Thomson with his back to goal, collected the ball turned the defender, and found Irvine who turned his opposite number and drove a fine shot past the helpless goalkeeper.

Not to be outdone, Anderson scored Brechin’s fourth. Thomson again started the move, finding Anderson on the right and he spotted the ‘keeper just off his line and unleashed a fierce shot from thirty yards which found the top left hand corner of the net.

Half-time: Brechin Under-16s 4, Montrose Vics 0.

Brechin made four changes at the start of the second half and Montrose immediately capitalised on the lack of cohesion – their first attack resulted in a free kick midway into the Brechin half. A long high ball failed to be cleared and in the resulting goalmouth melee the ball was knocked across the line.

Two minutes later Brechin missed an opportunity to extend their lead – Irvine saw an opportunity, intercepted a pass in midfield, and drove past the Montrose midfielders toward goal where he was brought down inside the penalty area. Irvine took the spot kick which was well saved by the goalkeeper. Reece Campbell pounced on the rebound but his shot was driven high over the bar.

Irvine’s hat trick (Brechin’s fifth of the day) was a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball in midfield, Irvine drove forward, beating three defenders before unleashing a shot which left the ‘keeper no chance.

He sealed the victory for Brechin, this time receiving from Stuart before heading goal ward yet again and slipping the ball by the advancing ‘keeper.

Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Stuart, Hay, Booth, Thomson, Szyjut, Thomson, Anderson, Irvine, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Bareirro and Duncan.

Brechin return to league duties next week with their first away game of the season against Discovery at Dundee