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Brechin City earn victory over Montrose Vics in friendly

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Brechin City Youths
Montrose Vics
Under 16's Friendly
04 January 2015
Brechin and Montrose Vics met in this friendly match in an effort to stay match sharp during the festive closure period. Brechin were without a recognised goalkeeper and four of the first team squad due to the holiday period.
Played at Mearns Academy all weather pitch on a freezing cold day, both sides were keen to make an early impression but it was Brechin who had the best of the early play pressurising the Montrose goal. 
Within five minutes of the start an early chance arose from a free kick twenty yards from goal. Thomson drove it low and hard but the shot went wide. 
A few minutes later a second opportunity from a similar area was again taken by Thomson – this time the shot was high but saved by the Montrose ‘keeper. 
Brechin took the lead in twenty minutes – the ever present Thomson found the target with a long range shot driven low and hard.
Three minutes later, Montrose drew level - a solo run by Elder breaching the Brechin defence and  beating Irvine in the Brechin goal.
Further pressure by Brechin began to wear down the Montrose defence, Walker in the forward role and Anderson working forward from midfield were worthy of particular note.
Brechin regained their lead in twenty eight minutes – another drive down the right flank by Anderson ending with a low drive across goal which was picked up by Duncan and slotted home from six yards.
Minutes later Brechin again came close with a fine move by Reece Campbell setting up Booth for a fine left foot shot which passed just by the post.
Half Time: Brechin City  2-1  Montrose Vics
The second half started as the first, with the majority of pressure coming from Brechin who extended their lead with a superb piece of linking play between Thomson and Walker. Thomson drove forward and passed to Walker who turned and deftly back heeled the ball into the path of Thomson who drove the ball into the net.
Montrose fought back and the game was played from end to end as the Vics tried to get back into the game. This was achieved with twenty three minutes on the clock – Elder again driving through the Brechin defence to slot a low ball past substitute goalkeeper, Ryan Campbell, into the Brechin net.
Two minutes later, Brechin regained their two goal advantage with a superb team effort. Walker drove in from the left to Anderson who knocked the ball down to Irvine who drove a low ball into the back of the net.
Montrose were not yet ready to accept defeat as, straight from the restart, they advanced up field and Whyte unleashed a long drive from the edge of the penalty box high into the net to bring the score back to 4-3 to Brechin.
Brechin drove back at the Montrose defence and came close again on a couple of occasions – most notably from a free kick by Anderson which was lofted into the penalty box and met by Irvine whose header clipped the bar.
Full Time: Brechin City 4-3 Montrose Vics
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