Victory for Under-16s

Brechin City Youths Under-16s ran out 2-0 winners in this thrilling encounter against St James on a freezing cold afternoon.

Straight from the kick off they pressurised the St James defence with a series of attacks down both wings.

Within minutes, Irvine, back to his role as striker after deputising in goal for the last three weeks, unleashed a fierce shot which just tipped by the near post.

The pairing of Dawson and Irvine up front seemed to be making headway with some fine linking play, supported by Booth, Thomson, and Anderson in midfield.

With seven minutes played Brechin took the advantage - a searching ball down the right flank from Anderson was chased down by Dawson who rounded the advancing ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

Dawson again was in the action as he chased down the wing, rounded a defender and saw a superb cross goal shot just pass wide.

St James were still in the game but could not capitalise on the few chances that they did create.

Half-time: Brechin Under-16s 1, St James 0.

St James came out fighting in the second half and pushed Brechin back into their own penalty area with a series of attacks.

Stuart, Somerville, Barreiro and Campbell stood resolute in defence and Alexander worked well in front of the back four breaking down the attacks.

New ‘keeper William Milligan was also playing an excellent first game and had settled in well with his defence - marshalling them to provide a solid defence for Brechin.

A rare opportunity came St James way with seven minutes gone - a drive down the left resulted in a fierce shot a high at the near post but Milligan was more than a match for it tipping it over the bar.

Brechin created a number of chances for Dawson, Irvine, Booth, and Thomson but none could find the back of the net.

Duncan, who had come on in the second half created an opening for Brechin - chasing a long ball down the right and cutting the ball back where it was driven into the empty net. However the referee had judged the ball to have crossed the by-line before being crossed and the goal was disallowed.

St James continued to press Brechin as they upped the tempo to try and get back into the game but again the defence, supported superbly by Milligan in goal, kept them at bay.

With two minutes to play Brechin, sealed the game with a superb second goal. Szyjut picked the ball up on the left, beat his opposite number and sent a telling pass to Irvine who raced forward, rounded the ‘keeper and drove the ball into the net.

A club spokesperson commented: “This was a superb team performance with all departments working extremely well together and all players responding well to the challenge. William Milligan, who joined Brechin as goalkeeper this week, was clear man of the match on the day - turning in an excellent first game performance and marshalling his defence well. Fraser Stuart in defence and Bailay Dawson in attack also turned in excellent performances.”

Team: Milligan, Somerville, Stuart, Barreiro, Ryan Campbell, Anderson, Thomson, Booth, Dawson, Irvine, Duncan, Reece Campbell, Szyjut, Souter and Whyte.