Match Report - By John Hoey
POLLOCK 0 BRECHIN CITY 6
Brechin City completed their pre-season preparations with a decisive 6-0 victory over Glasgow junior side Pollock at Newlandsfield Park.
Paul McManus (2), Jim Lister (2), Derek Carcary and Neil Janczyk were all on the mark for Jim Weir’s men and the manager must have been pleased with the way his team played and the manner of their victory.
Pollock threatened first after just a couple of minutes when ex City striker Iain Diack steered a shot just wide of David Scott’s left-hand post but City hit right back to grab the opener.
Derek Carcary picked up a pass wide on the left and bore in on goal before squaring the ball across the penalty-area for McManus who side-footed the ball home from around two yards out.
City were well on top in the early stages and former City keeper Scott Morrison did well to parry a Carcary shot after nine minutes.
Pollock though were trying hard to get back into the game and were exerting a bit of pressure on the City defence and Scott did well to block a Jamie Doyle drive after 20 minutes.
City though were pressing for another goal and it came three minutes before the break in an almost carbon copy of the opener.
Carcary made a great run from the left and crossed into the box for McManus who made no mistake from around two yards out.
Pollock pushed forward after the break in an effort to reduce the deficit and they nearly made the vital breakthrough in the 55th minute when Lee Nicholl collected the ball at the edge of the box and fired in a screamer which cannoned back off the bar but it was City who almost scored another goal just a couple of minutes later when McManus shot past from good position.
City were pushing forward to try and increase their advantage and their pressure paid off in the 65th minute when Carcary rounded off an excellent evening’s work, volleying home a Mick Dunlop cross from the left.
City almost scored again with quarter of an hour remaining when Morrison brought off a great save to deny McManus but Janczyk, who had totally dominated midfield made it four in the 79th minute when he curled a superb shot beyond Morrison.
City were now firing on all cylinders and Jim Lister who had replaced Charlie King in the 69th minute scored two late close-range goals to put the icing on a stylish and comprehensive victory.