Under-16s’ winning run comes to an end

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Brechin City Youths Under-16s unbeaten league run came to an end in this thrilling top of the table clash at Dundee.

However, the score did not reflect the quality of the Brechin performance or the overall game.

A strong wind blowing down the pitch made the game difficult for both teams but a great game of football was witnessed by the parents and supporters of both sides.

Playing with the wind, Ferry started strongly, pressing the Brechin midfield and defence but the boys held firm, matching the Ferry moves and also creating a number of chances of their own.

The deadlock was broken just before the half-hour. A long ball from the Ferry ‘keeper was chased down, and in a one-to-one with Sim in the Brechin goal, a vicious bounce gave the advantage to the Ferry forward to give them the lead.

With only a minute to half time, Ferry extended their lead from a corner on the left. The ball was flighted in and a goalmouth scramble ensued in which the ball was knocked across the line.

Half-time: Ferry Yellow 2, Brechin City 0.

The second half started as the first had finished with both teams fighting to create an opening. Ferry were playing a broad passing game but the Brechin midfield were matching them and making progress of their own. Anderson in midfield, and Souter in defence, were outstanding on the day, time and time again breaking down the Ferry attacks.

Ferry increased their lead with 15 minutes played, with a sharp move down the right, Sim having no chance with a cross goal shot.

On the half hour, Ferry extended their lead to four, this time in a move worked from the left.

Brechin, however, were not going down without a fight. From the restart the visitors mounted an attack down the right and a beautifully flighted ball was met by Reece Campbell with a fine glancing header which left the ‘keeper no chance.

Team: Sim, Somerville, Souter, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Alexander, Anderson, Thomson, Duncan, Booth, Irvine, Reece Campbell, Walker, Barreiro and Szyjut.

A club spokesperson said: “Despite the result, this was fine team performance by the Brechin boys who were strong in all departments and showing continued improvement.”