With consecutive victories behind them Brechin City Amateur FC welcomed league leaders Arbroath Harp on Saturday with some confidence.
The game was played at a high pace. The first chance came from Ewan Cairney’s brilliant free kick, saved superbly from the top corner by the Harp ‘keeper, who then pulled off a string of fine saves.
Against the run of play Arbroath’s winger made a darting run up the line and flighted in a cross which dipped under the bar.
Both sides played good possession football and in 30 minutes Brechin conceded again, this time from a rasping shot into the bottom corner. Arbroath almost scored a third after a ball through was controversially deemed onside but ‘keeper Kieran Murray spread himself to make a fantastic save, allowing the defence to recover and clear.
Half-time: Brechin 0, Arbroath Harp 2
Brechin were playing excellent possession football, dominating play, and when Luke Reekie made a great run and was brought down in the box, Danny MASSIE stepped up and converted.
With just 20 minutes to go David Gibb came off the bench and two minutes later floated a free kick into the box which was met confidently by Craig HENDERSON who looped a header over the ‘keeper.
Ryan Jamieson rifled a thunderous effort off the crossbar and seconds later had another shot deflected wide for a corner. From the corner David Gibb floated in an excellent delivery, perfect for Adam DUNCAN with a bullet header.
In extra time David Gibb intercepted a pass and fired the ball to Adam Duncan who displayed blistering pace to drive across the box to Murray SMITH who showed excellent composure in placing the ball into the bottom right hand corner to seal victory with the final kick.
Brechin are away this Saturday to Kelso FC.
Brechin squad: K. Murray, K. Hendry, E. Cairney, D. Murphy, D. Massie, C. Henderson, M. Smith, L. Reekie, A. Campbell, J. Pionke, A. Duncan, D. Gibb, R. Jamieson, D. Pithie.