Brechin City Football Club

News - 08 March 2018

Brechin City v Dundee United - Match Preview - By Steven Mew

Brechin City v Dundee United
Brechin City v Dundee United

Dundee United make the short journey along the A90 to Glebe Park tomorrow as they look to re-ignite their promotion charge after a poor run of recent form which has seen them win just once in their last six league fixtures. City of course are still searching for their first win in the Championship but they can take great heart from the fact that two of their most positive performances this season have come against the Tangerines earlier in the campaign.

City made things incredibly difficult for United in the first two meetings between the sides this season. After a 30 year absence, the two sides clashed at Tannadice in August when a solitary goal ten minutes from time from Scott McDonald was enough to earn all 3 points for the Tangerines. In the reverse fixture at Glebe Park in November, Sean Crighton’s header early in the second half cancelled out a first half goal from McDonald to earn a deserved point for City in front of a bumper crowd of 2,627.

It was far more one-sided in the most recent New Year fixture as United ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. The game got off to the perfect start for Laszlo’s men as they went 2-0 up after just 7 minutes courtesy of goals from Scott McDonald and Sam Stanton. At the start of the second half McDonald grabbed his second before James Keatings made it 4 from the spot. United were reduced to 10 men shortly before the hour mark when Paul McMullan received a second yellow for simulation and although Jordan Sinclair reduced the deficit from the spot, it proved to be no more than a consolation for City.

Manager Darren Dods will still be without the services of skipper Paul McLean, Andy Jackson and long term injury victim Ryan McGeever. Also unavailable for City is suspended defensive duo Willie Dyer and Aron Lynas, with the latter serving the second game of his 3 match suspension. Recent loan signing Kostadin Gadzhalov is likely to feature despite sustaining a facial injury in the narrow defeat against St Mirren.

The match will be officiated by Barry Cook, assisted by Sean Carr and Iain Snedden. Cook has taken charge of 3 City games this season – the first being the Betfred Cup defeat against Inverness in July followed by the entertaining home draws against Falkirk in September and Dundee United in November.

The match will be non-ticketed, meaning that entry will be via cash turnstiles at both ends of the ground. Segregation will be in place and Dundee United supporters will enter from the Trinity Road entrance and occupy the David H Will Stand on a first-come, first-served basis. Away fans will also be allocated the Hedge-side Standing Terrace down to the segregation gate. City supporters will enter from the Cemetery Road entrance, and occupy the Cemetery End enclosure. The Centre Stand is reserved for Brechin City FC Season Ticket holders, hospitality guests, press and Club Officials. Gates will open at 2pm and supporters are advised to arrive well in advance of kick-off.

Pricing for this game remains particularly attractive for a Championship fixture, with admission costing £15 for adults, £8 for concessions and £18 for parent and child (with £2 payable for each additional child)

Look out for the clubs match-day magazine ‘A View From The Hedge’ priced at £2 and also the whisky raffle run by the Supporters Club.

A reminder to supporters that both the City Club and Platinum Lounge are sold out for this fixture. Match sponsors are Interwell who we welcome as first time guests to the boardroom. Matchball sponsor is Lerwick based Lennie Johnson, with his 6 year old grandson as mascot. The club would like to thank all for their support.

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