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Glenrothes High School have won the Fife Schools Cup after beating Kirkcaldy High School 5-1 at Central Park, Cowdenbeath.
The team included a host of players playing in the Fife Football Development League for teams including Glenrothes Strollers, Rothes Juniors, Blue Brazil, Balgonie Scotia and Lochgelly Albert Colts.
Brechin lost out to Fairmuir in atrocious conditions and in a match of chances taken by Fairmuir and missed by Brechin.
The early pressure came from Brechin with good linking play in the midfield area eventually sending Dawson on a winding run down the right flank ending with a driving shot into the side netting.
Play ranged from end to end as Fairmuir drove straight back up to the Brechin end and a fierce shot ranged just over the bar.
Within minutes Brechin pressed another attack - Somerville linking with Dawson and up to Irvine who chased down the right and crossed to Booth whose long range shot was tipped over by the Fairmuir keeper. Anderson floated over a perfect corner which was met by Duncan whose header was just wide of the target.
Minutes later Anderson who appeared to be everywhere on the pitch and was playing a superb game drove a twenty yard shot through a crowd of players only to see it , again, slip by the near post.
Brechin applied further pressure winning yet another corner. Anderson again flighted in a superb ball which was met by Irvine who saw his shot slip, yet again, agonisingly by the post.
The resulting goal kick was driven up the Fairmuir right flank where the winger cut inside the Brechin defender before driving in a low cross across goal which was not dealt with and subsequently driven home for Fairmuir's first goal.
Five minutes later Fairmuir extended their lead. After winning a corner on the right the cross was met, undefended, to leave a free header into the net.
Brechin counter attacked from the restart with series of attacks on the Fairmuir goal, the most notable seeing Irvine drive forward on a fine solo run and unleash a shot high toward goal - only to see it skim by the right hand post
The second half started as the first, at a frantic pace from both sides, and saw strong pressure from Fairmuir.
With seven minutes played a move down the middle was challenged by Irvine, the resulting shot finding its way back out to the edge of the eighteen yard box only to be driven back in and out of the reach of Milligan
Ten minutes later, Fairmuir won another corner which again was unchallenged and a free header saw Fairmuir extend their lead yet again.
Though Brechin worked hard and created many more chances they could not capitalise on them
However. Fairmuir did take the limited chances they had and scored a further three goals before the end of the game
Once again the main issue Brechin suffered was their inability to take their chances after playing a solid game.
Notable performance of the day came from Robbie Anderson who worked tirelessly both in midfield and in in attack.
Brechin: Milligan, Somerville, Thomson, Souter, Alexander, Booth, Duncan, Anderson, Irvine, Dawson, Szyjut, Campbell
Brechin ran out clear winners in this thrilling encounter on a freezing cold afternoon.
Straight from the kick off Brechin pressurised the St James defence with a series of attacks down both wings. Within minutes, Irvine, back to his role as striker after deputising in goal for the last three weeks, unleashed a fierce shot which just tipped by the near post.
The pairing of Dawson and Irvine up front seemed to be making headway with some fine linking play, supported by Booth, Thomson, and Anderson in midfield.
With just seven minutes played, Brechin took the advantage - a searching ball down the right flank from Anderson was chased down by Dawson who rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.
Both sides were working hard now for the advantage as the game was played at a furious pace. Brechin were still on top and had the ball in the net a second time but Dawson was adjudged to be offside. Dawson again was in the action as he chased down the wing, rounded a defender and saw a superb cross goal shot just pass wide.
St James were still in the game but could not capitalise on the few chances that they did create.
St James came out fighting in the second half and pushed the Brechin boys back into their own penalty area with a series of attacks.
Stuart, Somerville, Barreiro and Campbell stood resolute in defence and Alexander worked well in front of the back four breaking down the attacks. New keeper William Milligan was also playing an excellent first game and had settled in well with his defence - marshalling them to provide a solid defence for Brechin.
A rare opportunity came St James's way with seven minutes gone - a drive down the left resulted in a fierce shot at the near post but Milligan was more than a match for it tipping it over the bar.
Brechin fought back and created a number of chances for Dawson, Irvine, Booth, and Thomson but none could find the back of the net. Duncan, who had come on in the second half, created an opening for Brechin- chasing a long ball down the right and cutting the ball back where it was driven into the empty net - however the referee had judged the ball to have crossed the by-line before being crossed and the goal was disallowed.
St James continued to press Brechin as they upped the tempo to try and get back into the game but again the defence, supported superbly by Milligan in the Brechin goal, kept them at bay.
With just two minutes to play Brechin sealed the game with a superb second goal. Szyjut picked the ball up on the left, beat his opposite number and sent a telling pass to Irvine who raced forward, rounded the keeper and drove the ball into the net.
This was a superb team performance with all departments working extremely well together and all players responding well to the challenge.
William Milligan who joined Brechin as goalkeeper this week, was clear man of the match on the day - turning in an excellent debut performance and marshalling his defence well. Fraser Stuart in defence and Bailay Dawson in attack also turned in excellent perfomances.
Brechin: Milligan, Somerville, Stuart, Barreiro, Ryan Campbell, Anderson, Thomson, Booth, Dawson, Irvine, Duncan, Reece Campbell, Szyjut, Souter,Whyte
Fixture: Lochgelly Albert Colts v Rothes Juniors U15's