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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:33

Brechin in seven heaven over Broughty

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Brechin City Youths
Broughty Athletic FC
U16's Friendly
14 October 2014
With no league duties due to the October break, Brechin came out clear winners in this inter-league friendly with Broughty.
A depleted squad, with no recognised goalkeeper due to the holidays, saw  forward Irvine, and left back Alexander, share the duties, each taking 45 minutes responsibility between the posts. 
Brechin, having had a free week in the league last week, started slowly but nonetheless pressed Broughty within five minutes with some good linking midfield play. The teamwork continued and the boys hit the scoresheet for the first time with only eleven minutes on the clock.
A move down the right saw a low shot saved by the Broughty ‘keeper but the rebound was pounced upon by Booth who drove a low volley into the back of the net.
Minutes later Brechin were again pressing the Broughty goal. A fine drive from midfield by Duncan released Walker who, unfortunately, was adjudged offside.
Duncan again featured a few minutes later. Picking up the ball in his own half he drove forward and sent a superb ball through to Anderson whose shot was parried by the goalkeeper, but retrieved, and driven home for Brechin’s second.
Brechin’s third came just before half time with another fine move, this time featuring Walker who set off down the right, crossed, and found Thomson who launched a volley high into the net.
Half Time: Brechin 3-0 Broughty
Brechin came out fighting in the second half with a series of excellent team moves. Firstly with Irvine Anderson, and Thomson pressing the Broughty goal and then a fine linking move between Szyjut and Booth. The breakthrough came fifteen minutes into the half. Irvine picked up the ball and drove down the right, rounded the ‘keeper, before letting loose a left foot shot high into the net.
Irvine was involved again in the next goal for Brechin. Picking up the ball on half way, Irvine set off on a blistering run diagonally toward the right hand corner, rounded the defender and crossed to find Thomson who tapped the ball home into an empty net.
Five minutes later, Thomson was himself involved in setting up Brechin’s sixth. Seeing an opportunity, he passed a ball up the right hand touchline where Irvine gathered it and shot toward goal only to see his effort blocked by the keeper but break toward Walker who calmly tapped the home.
With just four minutes of play left, Irvine sealed the game with a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball on the half way line, Irvine played it forward and accelerated away from his marker and shot, only to see it again parried by the Broughty ‘keeper.Not to be outdonehee picked up the loose ball and beat two defenders before slotting the ball home.
Full Time: Brechin 7-0 Broughty   
Brechin’s next game is a friendly against St Murdochs away at Arbroath next Sunday.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:45

Brechin comfortable over Montrose Vics in friendly

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Brechin City Youths
Montrose Vics
U16's Friendly
23 September 2014
Brechin Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Stuart, Hay, Booth, Thomson, Szyjut, Thomson, Anderson, Irvine, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Bareirro, Duncan
Four goals from Irvine and two from Anderson completed a comprehensive victory over neighbours Montrose Vics in this friendly match.
Straight from the kick off, Brechin took the game to Montrose; Somerville sent a superb ball to Thomson who in turn crossed to Irvine who shot just wide.
Within eight minutes Brechin took the lead. Anderson gathered the ball, slipped round the defender and drove down the right wing before unleashing a perfect cross to Irvine who turned his marker inside out and drove a perfect left foot shoot into the net, leaving the Montrose ‘keeper no chance.
Brechin kept up the pressure and the Anderson and Irvine combination worked again for Brechin’s second. This time Irvine collected the ball in midfield, chipped his opponent, and drove toward the Montrose goal before crossing to Anderson who calmly slipped the ball through the advancing ‘keeper’s legs.
Montrose tried to fight back, their next attack ending in a cheeky lob toward the Brechin goal which was just too strong and skimmed over the bar. Straight away Anderson picked up the ball from the goal kick, drove up the right flank and crossed into the box where Thomson met the ball and headed just wide of the left hand post.
Irvine’s second and Brechin’s third was a product of great play between midfield and the forwards. Thomson with his back to goal, collected the ball turned the defender , and found Irvine who similarly turned his opposite number and drove a fine shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
Not to be outdone, Anderson scored Brechin’s fourth. Thomson again started the move, finding Anderson on the right and driving toward goal. Anderson spotted the keeper just off his line and unleashed a fierce shot from thirty yards which found the top left hand corner of the net
Half time: Brechin 4-0 Montrose Vics  
Brechin made four changes at the start of the second half and Montrose immediately capitalised on the lack of cohesion. Their first attack resulted in a free kick midway into the Brechin half.  A long high ball failed to be cleared and in the resulting goalmouth melee the ball was knocked across the line.
Two minutes later Brechin missed an opportunity to extend their lead. Irvine saw an opportunity, intercepted a pass in midfield, and drove past the Montrose midfielders toward goal where he was brought down inside the penalty area.  Irvine took the spot kick which was well saved by the goalkeeper. Reece Campbell pounced on the rebound but his shot was driven high over the bar.
Irvine’s hat trick (Brechin’s fifth of the day) was a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball in midfield, Irvine drove forward, beating three defenders before unleashing a shot which left the ‘keeper no chance.
Irvine sealed the victory for Brechin, this time receiving from Stuart before heading goal ward yet again and slipping the ball by the advancing keeper.
Full Time: Brechin 6-1 Montrose Vics
Brechin return to league duties next week with their first away game of the season against Discovery at Dundee
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:02

Monifieth held to draw by Dundee West

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Monifieth Athletic
Dundee West
U15's Dundee & District YFA
23 September 2014
Depleted by suspension, injury and illness, Monifieth entertained Dundee West in the league.  
The first half was edged by Monifieth particularly the early stages when the visitors were pegged back deep into their own half.  McLaren was unlucky to be adjudged offside as he neatly finished off a move. Wilson also came close with a powerful drive. On 33 minutes, the home side were grateful to Kerr for a fine fingertip save.
An even second half followed but the visitors took the lead with 15 minutes to go. A cross field ball dropped between Barr and Kerr and the West’s left winger tidily lobbed the keeper.  
This spurred the home team on and when McLaren was felled inside the box the referee had an easy decision to make. The resultant penalty, despite some delay, was dispatched coolly by the deadly left foot of McNeill.
Full Time: Monifieth 1-1 Dundee West
These two sides meet again in the Scottish Cup on Sunday 28th September and another good game is eagerly anticipated.  
Best for Monifieth were Matchett, McNeill and MOTM was the flawless Ryan Scobie.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:21

Narrow loss for Brechin against Montrose

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Brechin City Youths
Montrose YFC
U16's Dundee and District YFA
17 September 2014
Brechin Team: Sim, Somerville, Stuart, Barreiro, Alexander,Anderson, Thomson, Walker, Szyjut, Booth, Irvine, Souter, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Duncan. 
Brechin returned to leagues duties this week and suffered a narrow defeat to Montrose.
Montrose controlled the early part of the first half and took a three goal lead within the first thirty minutes. The first, after six minutes, came down the Montrose right hand side. Alexander was beaten out wide and Robertson cut in and gave the Brechin 'keeper no chance as he rifled a shot into the net. 
Montrose continued to control the play and came close again a few minutes later. A long shot was tipped over the bar by Sim in the Brechin goal.
Further pressure saw Robertson scoring his second to extend the Montrose lead. A vicious volley from twenty yards was driven high in to the Brechin net leaving Sim no chance.
Five minutes later, Robertson completed his hat trick converting a long ball out from the Montrose 'keeper.
Brechin fought bravely to try and get back into the game but to no avail, with limited chances being created, although the midfield and defence worked hard to contain the Montrose attack.
Half time: Brechin 0-3 Montrose
Brechin came out fighting in the second half, driving hard at the Montrose midfield and trying to create opportunities. Irvine worked hard up front and was supported by Walker and Anderson. Thomson and Stuart in midfield fought tirelessly to try and develop opportunities.
On twenty seven minutes, Brechin were awarded a free kick on the left hand side roughly half way inside the Montrose half. Thomson flighted a superb ball into the box where it was met by Reece Campbell who back headed the ball into the top corner of the net.
Brechin were beginning to get into their stride now and pulled back a second within two minutes. Ryan Campbell gathered the ball in his own half and slipped a pass to Reece Campbell who, in turn, passed to Walker who set off on a drive upfield. A telling cross into the edge of the penalty area was met by Thomson who let fly a stunning shot which went in off the underside of the bar.
Further attacks from Brechin created chances which unfortunately could not be converted.
Full time: Brechin 2-3 Montrose   
Although ending in defeat for Brechin, the whole team worked well together with a strong performance in all areas.


Spurs Juniors
Broughty United
U17's Scottish Cup 1st Round
Spurs Juniors entertained Broughty United in the Under 17s Scottish Cup 1st round tie. 
Both teams have started their domestic campaign in top form and this tie had the potential to serve up a thriller. 
It did not disappoint, the game began in typical cup tie fashion with the home team looking the hungrier of the two. 
Broughty looked flat and Spurs took advantage of this in the 12th minute with a well worked goal to put them ahead. 
This seemed to trigger the self-destruct button for the visitors and the home team found themselves in a very fortunate position only 20 minutes into the game as they went 2-0 up from the spot after a clumsy tackle in the box with the Broughty defender lucky not to get his marching orders.
It was 3-0 not long after, with a direct free kick evading everyone and ending up in the back of the net. 
A reaction was needed from Broughty and the next goal was crucial in this tie. 
It was the Broughty ferry team that grabbed it. 
A well worked counter attacking goal finished by Charlie Wilson.
Just before the break, Jordan Winter found himself free at the back post, from a well placed cross, to smash the ball into the net to put Broughty right back into the game at the break.
Half Time: Spurs Juniors 3-2 Broughty United
Broughty dominated the second half and their hard work eventually paid off when they were awarded with a penalty kick. It was coolly slotted in to the bottom corner by Keiren Ross.
Broughty had managed to bring the game back level and continued to look to advance to the next stage f the cup within the 90 minutes.
The comeback was complete when Charlie Wilson managed to grab his second, and Broughty’s fourth, to send his team in to the second round.
Tempers flared towards the end as Spurs were reduced to ten men after it appeared that one of their players stamped on one of Broughty’s midfielders legs. 
Full Time: Spurs Juniors 3-4 Broughty United
Monday, 08 September 2014 16:48

One goal splits Brechin and Kirkcaldy U16's

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Kirkcaldy YM Colts
07 September 2014
Brechin's failure to capitalise on their opportunities in the first half ultimately lost them this 1st Round Scottish Cup tie.
Within two minutes, Brechin forced a corner which was well floated in, the ball ended up falling to Booth who set Walker clear - driving toward goal he unleashed a shot which skimmed just past the right hand post.
Five minutes later, Kirkcaldy went ahead. Chasing the ball down, the Kirkcaldy forward clashed with the Brechin goalkeeper, Church-Forbes, who had rushed out from his goal line.
The referee pointed to the spot. 
The Kirkcaldy No5 drove the penalty hard but Church-Forbes stood firm and parried the ball out - only to hear the whistle blow again - a Kirkcaldy player had apparently entered the penalty area before the kick was taken.
Again the No5 stepped up and this time, Church-Forbes had no chance with a well placed shot.
Their heads up now, Kirkcaldy drove forward again and were awarded a free kick in the middle of the Brechin half.
The free kick was floated over the Brechin defence and was pounced upon by the Kirkcaldy No 9 who was verging on offside, but took the opportunity well to extend the Kirkcaldy lead.
Brechin drove hard to get back into the game - a long driving run down the right flank by Irvine was met by the advancing keeper; Irvine's shot ending up just over the bar. 
Further opportunities came Brechin's way but the boys were unable to make any headway. 
The next great opportunity came just on the half hour - Irvine again driving at the Kirkcaldy defence again to see his shot ending up just skimming over the bar.
Half Time: Brechin 0 - 2 Kirkcaldy
Brechin came out fighting in the second half and drove hard at Kirkcaldy, but to no avail, and the game "see-sawed" back and forward with neither team creating any clear opportunities.
Brechin were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out - Irvine tried to bend it round the wall but the shot ran just wide.
With five minutes to go, Brechin were again awarded a free kick - this time twenty yards out and in front of goal.
Irvine stepped up superbly placed his shot, dropping in just under the bar.
The last five minutes saw Brechin striving to equalise but to no avail.
Full Time: Brechin 1 - 2 Kirkcaldy YM
Brechin Team;  Church-Forbes, Somerville, Stuart, Allison. Alexander, Irvine, Thomson, Duncan, Booth, Walker, Anderson, Szyjut, Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Souter


Monifieth Atheltic
U15's Dundee & District YFA
01 September 2014
A depleted Monifieth made it three league wins from three games with a solid and hard-working performance.  With suspension, injury and absence reducing the home side to a bare eleven players, the win was even more commendable.
Playing with the wind, the hosts were dominant earlier on without really threatening Forfar, and when chances did come, they were spurned.  However, on the half hour mark the composed McLaren slotted home after a clever assist from Wilson.
Half Time: Monifieth 1-0 Arbroath
The second half opened much like the first; however it took only ten minutes for Monifieth to add to their lead.  Gallacher and Barr combined and the full back’s cross allowed Wilson to control, turn his man and slot home. 
A goal which looked as if it may have been from an offside position brought Forfar temporarily into the game, but that man Wilson was not to be stopped.  Chasing a nothing ball, the livewire forward out ran the visitors’ defence and drove home an unstoppable shot to return the home side’s two goal lead.
With five minutes to go, McNeill bundled a fourth home after great work from Gallacher and Wilson.  
Full Time: Monifieth Athletic 4-1 Arbroath
Best for Monifieth were Hush, Gallacher, Scobie and MOTM Steven Wilson.
Monifieth Team: Kerr; McAinsh, Matchett, Scobie, Barr; Hush, Gallacher, McLaren, McNeill; Wilson, Trialist
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:52

Monifieth come out on top against St. James

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Monifieth Athletic
St. James
U15's Dundee & District YFA
27 August 2014
Monifieth’s impressive start to the season continued with an ultimately convincing win against league newcomers St. James.
The hosts took some time to get to grips with the visitors physical approach in the first half, but Monifieth eventually made the breakthrough on the 15 minute mark when Barr’s long ball down the middle put in-form striker Wilson through on goal and he lashed the ball past the helpless keeper.
Slackness in defence allowed St. James to equalise shortly after when a long free kick found the visitors No.10 unmarked and he beat Kerr at his near post.
Just when it looked as if the first half would end level, McLaren managed to nick the ball from the St. James’ full back after some good pressure from the Monifieth frontline, following a goal kick, and he squared to give Wilson a simple finish.
Half Time: Monifieth Athletic 2-1 St. James
Monifieth brought on a Trialist at half time, replacing McLaren, and his introduction had an immediate effect as the home side began with some purpose. Monifieth thought they had a third early in the second half when Trialist coolly slotted home. The ball ran through a hole in the back of the net though and the referee deemed it not to be a goal. 
The setback spurred Monifieth on and a two goal burst in the space of three minutes midway through the half finally put some daylight between the sides. Firstly, Pickett sprang the offside trap and, when the keeper could only parry his effort, Trialist followed up to net. Then, McNeill headed powerfully home following a perfectly executed training ground corner routine.
At 4-1 down the visitors had to push on but rarely threatened and the inevitable gaps left at the back were clinically exploited by a now rampant home side who added further goals from McNeill and Trialist.
Full Time: Monifieth Athletic 6-1 St. James
Best for Monifieth on the night were Scobie, Pickett and MOTM Steven Wilson.
Monifieth Team: Kerr; Barr, Donaghey, Matchett, Scobie, McNeill; Hush, McAinsh, Gallacher, Sandeman, Pickett; Wilson, McLaren, Trialist, Ralston, Jamieson
Monday, 01 September 2014 12:20

Brechin grind out result against tough Forfar side

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Brechin City Youths
Forfar Boys
U16's Dundee and District YFA
01 September 2014
Brechin squad:  Church-Forbes, Somerville, Stuart, Bareirro, Alexander, Booth, Duncan, Thomson, Walker, Anderson, Irvine, Souter, Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Szyjut
Brechin fully deserved their second win of the season with a tremendous team performance. All departments showed strength, determination, and a solid team spirit to carve out a win in this difficult fixture.
The first half was evenly matched with both sides creating chances but unable to convert. Once again, Church-Forbes stood strong in the Brechin goal, behind a solid back four and well coordinated midfield.
Thomson, playing only his second league game for Brechin, was outstanding. Solid in midfield and creating chances for Irvine and Anderson in attack.
Half Time: Brechin 0-0 Forfar
Forfar came out strongly at the start of the second half, pressing up field and trying to breach the Brechin defence who stood firm to a man.
Brechin's first major opportunity came from a dropped ball situation deep in the Brechin half. nThomson stood up, won the ball, and set off on a driving run, cutting through the Forfar defence and unleashing a driving a shot low and hard past the advancing 'keeper, only to see the ball drift past the right hand post.
The breakthrough came 20 minutes into the second half. A super piece of team play saw Somerville pass a pinpoint ball upfield to Irvine who drove toward goal and sent a low, hard ball across the penalty area. It was met by Thomson, who followed through and beat the keeper with a low drive.
Two minutes later Brechin came close to extending their lead. Irvine picked up the ball in the middle of the Forfar half, turned, and unleashed a thunderous shot from twenty five yards which, with the 'keeper beaten, skimmed just over the bar.
Brechin kept up the pressure but could not extend their lead. The last ten minutes saw an increased period of attack from Forfar who desperately tried to pull a goal back. But the back four of Somerville. Stuart, Bareirro, and Campbell stood firm. Church-Forbes also played his part, commanding the goalmouth and confidently working with his defence to maintain a clean sheet.
Full Time:  Brechin 1- 0 Forfar 
This was a thrilling game, keeping the parents and supporters of both sides on tenterhooks right up to the final whistle. The Brechin boys received a well deserved applause from the support at the end of the game, having delivered a fine team performance.
MOTM: Thomson for his sterling performance in midfield. He both defended well and created opportunities for his forwards and, finishing off with a fine goal.
Brechin's next came is a home tie in the Scottish Cup against Kircaldy YM on Sunday 7th  at the Brechin Public Park at 1pm.


St James
Brechin City Youths
U16's Dundee & District YFA
26 August 2014
Brechin ran out clear winners in this, the first competitive game of the new season. However the boys did not have it all their own way.
Within five minutes of the start Brechin were two goals down. The first in four minutes came from a free kick twenty five yards out. The ball, drilled in high and hard, was parried onto the bar by Church- Forbes, but the rebound was pounced upon by the advancing forwards to give St James the lead.
Straight from the restart St James regained possession and drove towards the Brechin goal, and drilled through the defenc and passed the helpless 'keeper.
This seemed to wake up the Brechin boys and they began to come back into the game, which became end to end as St James tried to extend their lead and Brechin fought to reduce the deficit.
The breakthrough for Brechin came on thirty three minutes. Church-Forbes in the Brechin goal sent a long, searching, ball deep into the St James half where Irvine collected it, beat the advancing goalkeeper, and drove the ball low into the net.
Church-Forbes and Irvine teamed up again for Brechin's second. A similar long ball up field was again gathered by Irvine who deftly beat three defenders before slotting the ball home right on the stroke of half time
Half time: St James 2-2 Brechin
Brechin started the second half as they finished the first, driving hard at the St James defence. Booth collected the ball in midfield, drove toward the St James goal and unleashed a superb shot from twenty yards only to see it tipped over the bar.
Seconds later Irvine, driving in another attack, was brought down by the St James 'keeper for a blatant penalty. Duncan stepped up and calmy netted the ball to give Brechin the lead.
The game flowed back and forward as both teams sought to gain the advantage, both midfields struggling to develop opportunities for their forward. The breakthrough came fromThomson as he saw an opening and sent a ball through to Irvine who brilliantly slipped the all between the legs of the advancing 'keeper.
Five minutes later the game was effectively over. Reece Campbell cut in from the left and was brought down by the 'keeper. Thomson stepped up and drove the ball low and hard to the 'keeper's right.
Full Time: St James 2-5 Brechin
After a shaky start, Brechin got down to the task in hand and ran out clear winners. All areas of the team played well, but stand-in keeper, Church-Forbes was man of the match for Brechin.
Brechin Squad: Church-Forbes, Somerville, Allison, Bareirro, Alexander, Booth, Duncan, Thomson, Walker, Irvine, Anderson, Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Szyjut