Riverside CSC started the year with a bang as they hit the goal trail against Brechin. Jude Young found the net five times with Reuben McCulloch and Nathan MacDonald both grabbed hat tricks.
Chinedu Akunna scored a late double as Riverside recorded an emphatic win.
Brechin took the points in these sides first league meeting thanks to a 4-2 win and they made the perfect start to the match when Rennie McMillan fired in the opener.
The Brechin man showed good feet at the edge of the Riverside box before firing a shot into the top left corner after eight minutes.
Brechin required some last ditch defending to deal with Jude Young’s cutback as Riverside went in search of the equaliser, which was provided by Reuben McCulloch shortly after.
Jayden Herd saw his strike saved by keeper Logan Simms only for the ball to fall to McCulloch, who fired the ball into the empty net.
Riverside took the lead after 17 minutes when hesitation in the Brechin defence allowed Young to nip in and fire the ball home.
Brechin nearly struck back straight away when Liam Davidson’s through ball reached Ben Campbell who saw his well struck effort tipped over by Harris Morton.
Shortly after, Riverside’s two scorers combined to extend their lead as Young slipped the ball through to McCulloch, who checked away from two Brechin defenders and passed the ball into the corner of the net.
The Young and McCulloch partnership was proving fruitful for Riverside, with the latter completing his hat trick eight minutes before the break. Young provided the pass and McCulloch slotted the ball through the legs of Simms to increase Riverside’s lead.
McCulloch turned provider for Young when his clipped ball from the left was swept home by the winger.
Riverside captain Nathan MacDonald powered into the box and fired the ball past Simms to give Riverside a five-goal lead at the interval.
Young looked to have completed his hat trick early in the second half when he was found by Herd in the box, but Brechin’s stand in keeper Simms stood up and denied the Riverside man.
As they had done in the first half, Brechin grabbed the first goal of the half when William Keillar volleyed the ball over Morton into the net from the edge of the box.
Any hopes of a comeback were quickly extinguished as MacDonald drove into the Brechin box and re-established Riverside’s five-goal lead with another low strike.
Kenzi McMillan went close with a dipping strike as Brechin continued to fight on, while Young continued to look for his hat trick at the other end. MacDonald released the winger who dragged his shot wide of the mark.
MacDonald took his tally to three on the hour mark with wat would prove to the first of five Riverside goals in the final 10 minutes.
The captain once again using his strength and pace to charge into the box and fire past Simms.
Two minutes later he turned provider for Young with a lofted pass that Young collected before drilling the ball home.
Young scored again a minute later from Connor Robertson’s pass before setting up Chinedu Akunna for a simple close-range finish.
Riverside weren’t finished there as Young added a fifth goal with a neat backheel flick, before Akunna completed the scoring in the final minute with a composed finish.