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Brechin City U16's prepare for the new season with friendly win

Written by  Brechin City Youths
Brechin Squad list:  Church-Forbes, Somerville, Allison, Barreiro , Szyjut,Duncan, Booth, Irvine, Campbell, Anderson, Mitchell, Souter, Trialists (3)
 
Following a successful season, finishing third in the league, the U15's have now moved up to U16's for the 2014/15 season and Stanley Socca, last year's Scottish Cup opponents, returned to Brechin for a pre-season friendly.
 
Brechin were playing four trialists and were playing without their first choice goalkeeper. 
 
Keen to avenge the 6-3 defeat from the last game Brechin started strongly. They were rewarded for the early pressure with just six minutes gone. Anderson floated in an excellent ball from the corner which was flicked on by Booth to one of the trialists. He was in the right place at the right time to head home and into the top left corner past an outstretched goalkeeper.
 
The game settled into a midfield battle with both teams trying to gain the advantage. Thankfully for Brechin an excellent diving save from stand-in goalkeeper Church-Forbes kept them in the lead up to the half time whistle.
 
Half Time:  Brechin City Youths 1-0 Stanley Socca
 
The second half started with Stanley coming out strongly, but Brechin stood firm and gradually began to gain the upper hand. Some excellent interlinking play by Booth and Szyjut in midfield and up front Anderson and Irvine began to play havoc with the Stanley boys. This was supported by the Brechin back line who stood firm in the face of any Stanley attacks.
 
An excellent move brought about Brechin's second goal in the 60th minute. Anderson picked up the ball in midfield, spotted Irvine ahead, and laid a perfect ball through. Irvine chased through and drove into the box and slipped a ball under the advancing keeper only to see the ball rebound off the post. Anderson had followed up the initial pass and pounced on the rebound, driving the ball into the back of the net.
 
Further pressure from both sides failed to make any difference until almost the last moment of the game. A loose ball in the Brechin goalmouth was finally driven across the line to draw a goal back for Stanley.
 
Full time: Brechin City Youths 2-1 Stanley Socca
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