East Craigie 2
Brechin Vics 1
Brechin Vics had to reshuffle their defence as they travelled to take on East Craigie in the league. They were missing Buggins, who was unavailable, and Crowe, who was suspended.
East Craigie started the brighter and had a couple of efforts which were just wide of the target.
Barker had a chance on seven minutes but shot wide.
Vics’ makeshift defence was taking a while to get settled and hesitancy allowed East Craigie to take the lead on eight minutes.
They increased their lead on 12 minutes when Vics failed to react to a cross and the ball was slotted into the net from 12 yards.
Robbie produced a great save on 17 minutes to touch over a header from six yards. Vics had settled at this stage and began to take the game to their hosts.
S. Eaton shot over from a corner on 35 minutes before they eventually pulled a goal back five minutes later.
McWilliam collected the ball in the middle before playing in Barker who’s shot from 18 yards took a deflection and sailed high over the ‘keeper and into the net.
Half-time: East Craigie 2, Brechin Vics 1.
Vics started the second half the way they finished the first - well on top.
McWilliam was first to have an attempt but his shot was saved by the keeper.
They thought they had drawn level on 55 minutes when a Robertson header was met by McWilliam at the back post and he slotted home from six yards. But to their dismay the referee disallowed the goal for offside.
It was all Vics at this stage and Fullarton was next to have shot but again the East Craigie ‘keeper saved.
Fyfe was next to have an effort on 75 minutes but again the ‘keeper was on hand to save the shot.
Vics should have levelled matters seven minutes later, but Barker headed narrowly wide form eight yards.
They continued to press for the remainder of the match and, despite having three attempts blocked on the goal line, they could not get the deserved equaliser.
Brechin Vics: Robbie, S. Eaton, C. Eaton, Gourlay, Whitworth, Dunn, Fullarton, Strachan, McWilliam, Barker, Robertson. Substitutes: Smith, Duff, Fyfe, Gaud and Longmuir.
After Vics’ domination of the last hour of the game a share of the spoils was the minimum they deserved.
This was a vast improvement from last week with a fine team performance and some good individual performances.
The average age of the team on Saturday was just 20 years and this can be a contributing factor to the inconsistency of performances.
Brechin Vics are in Dundee again on Saturday (February 23) when they travel to meet Lochee Harp. The match kicks-off at 2.30 p.m.