Brechin Vics 1, East Craigie 2
BRECHIN Vics were edged out by the odd goal in three on their return to action after a five-week lay-off.
Apart from long term injury victims Young and C. Eaton, they had a full squad available for the home gaime against East Craigie.
It was East Craigie who had the better start and produced four corners in the opening ten minutes. Vics defended competently and eventually began to be an attacking force themselves.
D. Ross should have put Brechin in front when from ten yards he screwed his shot wide of the target.
It was the same player who had the home side’s next attempt on 15 minutes when a Gauld cross was cleared to D. Ross and his shot from 25 yards was just too high, with the Craigie keeper well-beaten.
East Craigie had a chance on 20 minutes but their free-kick from 20 yards sailed over Brechin goalkeeper Robbie’s crossbar.
Vics took a deserved lead in 25 minutes when a cross from D. Ross was headed down by Buggins to McNaught, who swivelled, before placing his shot into the corner of the goal from 12 yards.
East Craigie responded quickly and Gourlay had to look lively to clear a shot off the line with Robbie beaten. The visitors equalised on 35 minutes when a shot from Scrimgeour from 25 yards rebounded off the post before hitting keeper Robbie and ending up in the back of the net, the last real chance of the game before half time.
Within four minutes of the restart, Robbie had to produce a great save from a shot from around 25 yards out.
The match was swinging from end to end but without any team creating a clear-cut chance.
Vics were next to try their luck and McKenzie had an effort that went just wide from 20 yards.
Craigie responded and an effort from 22 yards came crashing off the post before being cleared to safety.
The home side replaced Buggins and Gauld with Easton and McKellar on 70 minutes.
McKenzie again had a long range effort for Brechin, but again his shot went wide of the target.
With ten minutes remaining East Craigie should have taken the lead but for a brilliant P. Ross block, eight yards from goal.
The game looked like it was to end in a draw before a last-minute drama.
P. Ross was judged to have fouled the Craigie player as they both challenged for the ball and a spot kick was awarded.
Adam sent Robbie the wrong way from the resultant kick.
Try as they did, Vics threw everything into the attack but were unable to create a chance to gain a share of the points.
Brechin Vics - Robbie, Gauld, Cairney, P. Ross, Gourlay, Valentine, McKenzie, Buggins, McNaught, D. Ross and Strachan; subs - S. Eaton, Easton, McKellar, Cooper, Low and Robertson
A Brechin Vics spokesman said: “This was a disappointing way to lose the game, with probably a draw being a fairer result.
“The management team were not too disappointed with the performance, especially after having such a long break since their last game on December 3.
“The only concern was the lack of chances created, especially in the second half.”
Vics are on their travels this Saturday, when they face Whitburn Juniors in the East of Scotland Cup. (kick off 1.45 pm).
Vics are running a bus to the game and any spectators wishing to come should phone 01356 623534.