Work to do for City as Blue Toon run rampant

Dene Shields battles past his marker. Photo - Derek Watt Photography.

Dene Shields battles past his marker. Photo - Derek Watt Photography.

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Brechin City went tumbling out of the Petrofac Training Cup at the first time of asking following a 3-0 defeat from Peterhead at Glebe Park.

It was a disappointing performance from City, particularly after their fine performance against Dundee in the previous Saturday’s friendly but to be frank they never looked like taking anything out of Saturday’s game against a slick moving Blue Toon side.

The opening 45 minutes were relatively evenly contested although goalkeeper Graeme Smith had to come to City’s rescue on a number of occasions, making fine saves from former City striker Rory McAllister on three occasions as well as shots from Nicky Riley and Jamie Stevenson.

City’s best effort of the half came on the stroke of half-time when Kevin Buchan and Dene Shields combined well to create an opportunity for Andy Jackson whose header was brilliantly touched over the bar by Blue Toon keeper Graeme Smith.

The visitors made their intentions clear after the break and they had a lot of territorial possession before they scored the opening goal in the 54th minute when midfielder Jordon Brown fired home a shot from 15 yards.

The same player doubled his side’s lead seven minutes later when he poked the ball home from close-range after the City defence had failed to clear a McAllister cross and it was McAllister who notched the decisive third goal after 74 minutes when he controlled the ball well in the penalty-box before blasting home a right-foot drive.

City stuck manfully to their task, but there was no way back after that and the Blue Toon ran out deserved winners.

Player-boss Darren Dods said: “There wasn’t much in it in the first-half with both teams having chances.

“It was 50-50 in the second-half until we lost a bad goal and after Peterhead scored their second goal we lost our shape a bit.”

“However, we’ll work hard in training next week and try and rectify the mistakes we made before travelling down to Ayr next Saturday in what will be another very tough match.”