9 August 2019
Edinburgh City v Brechin City - Match Preview
City embark on a journey to the Capital tomorrow afternoon to face Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park in what will be the first ever league meeting between the sides.
Both Edinburgh and Brechin will be looking to bounce back from their respective opening day defeats, with the Citizens going down 5-0 to newly promoted Cove whilst Barry Smith's men were edged out 1-0 by Annan Athletic.
Ross Brown will serve the last game of his suspension but would have been unavailable with a hamstring injury. Barry stated that Ross and Finn McLeod Kay are both close to returning to full training. Luke Watt came through both training sessions this week as he continues to work his way back to full fitness. Winger Jamie Reid also returns after missing out last weekend.
Manager Barry Smith said, "Last weekend I thought we were worthy of a point. We just have to be more clinical in front of goal because we had good opportunities. I didn't think there was a lot between the teams, but we can't forget we've brought 17 new players in and they are still gelling together as a team."
Barry was satisfied with the effort and commitment of his side, with some good individual performances. He said, "Olly (Hamilton) did well down the left side. Unfortunately he played for St Johnstone Colts in the cup on Tuesday but he trained last night so we will make a late decision on him.
"Ross Crawford was getting into the right positions to get on the end of chances and he showed the type of striker that he is. There will be more to come from him."
Following another impressive performance by Ross Sinclair in goal, Barry commented, "We knew what we were getting when Ross came in. He gives us great competition which will keep all 3 goalkeepers on their toes. He's done very well so far and he knows there are 2 other keepers vying for his position."
On the match tomorrow, he said, "Edinburgh will be hurting after their defeat to Cove last week so they'll be tough opposition. They have a couple of players suspended so we need to capitalise on that. It's a hard ground to go to but if our mentality is right then it's a game we can win."
The match referee tomorrow is Chris Fordyce who will be assisted by David Doig and Alan Proctor.
Admission prices at Ainslie Park are as follows:
- Adults £12
- Concessions £6 (OAP 65+, Students with matriculation card, under 18's)
- Under 12's FREE with any paying adult
SUPPORTERS CLUB TRAVEL
Brechin City Supporters Club are running a coach to the game which will leave Mackie Motors bus stance at 10:15am and thereafter from St Ninians Square at 10:30am. To book your seat on the bus, please message Glen on 07715 965711 or leave your name on the Supporters Club facebook page. The bus has kindly been sponsored by Calum MacLennan Electrical.
Revised prices for the bus this season are: Member £15, Non-Member £20, Under 18's £10 and Parent & Child £20 (pre-booked).
Edinburgh City 0-3 Brechin City - 8th December 2008
The last meeting between the sides was over 10 years ago in a Scottish Cup 3rd round tie. A first half hat-trick from Iain Diack earned City a fourth round tie against SPL outfit St Mirren.