Win moves Under-13s to top of the league

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Brechin City Youths Under-13s came into this game against Douglas Under-13s knowing a win would put them top of the league.

They opted for a more attack minded formation than in previous games with their captain, Fraser Jamieson, moving from defence into an attacking midfield role.

Both teams found it difficult to play good football in the opening stages owing to the strong wind, but as the half wore on Brechin got to grips with the conditions and some of the passing play was a joy to watch, creating shooting chances but never troubling the Douglas ‘keeper.

A good passing move saw Brechin take a deserved lead when the ball was played into Cameron Lightly inside the box and he showed great composure to calmly side foot the ball first time into the far corner.

A short time later Brechin doubled their advantage. A cross was cleared by the Douglas defence but was collected by Kieran Longmuir who rifled a powerful shot from around 22 yards which the ‘keeper got his hands too, but could not keep out.

Half-time: Brechin Under-13’s 2, Douglas Under-13’s 0.

The second half kicked off with Douglas looking better with the wind at their backs and they were unlucky when a shot cannoned back off the bar to safety.

They continued to shoot on sight and a fine shot from distance struck the foot of the post and seemed to squirm along the line before ‘keeper Tyler Webley smothered the ball, however the referee awarded a goal to Douglas.

Undaunted, Brechin went straight back onto the attack and won a corner. As the ball was crossed in a bit of head tennis was finished when Jamieson nodded to ball over the line to regain a two-goal lead.

A couple of minutes later and Douglas were back in the game as they scored with a great wind assisted strike from distance which swerved perfectly into the net.

The game was in the balance and Brechin made a series of substitutions and changed the team shape. The changes paid off when Lightly popped up with his second goal and the game was tied up soon after when Jack Robertson rounded off a great passing move

A club spokesperson said: “This was a good team performance in very difficult conditions and the quality of some of the football was very pleasing.

“The boys fully deserve their place at the top of the league after taking 19 points from a possible 21.”