16 September 2022
Match Preview | Jeanfield Swifts v Brechin City
City are in Scottish Cup action tomorrow as we travel to Perth to face Jeanfield Swifts in the 1st round of the competition (kick off 12:30pm).
Despite running out comfortable winners in a pre-season friendly between the sides just over two months ago, City will be acutely aware that tomorrow's tie will pose an entirely different challenge.
City are looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season which has seen them win all 7 of their Highland League matches, whilst knocking Hibernian B and Stirling Albion out of the SPFL Trust Trophy.
The Swifts got off to an excellent start in the East of Scotland Premier with four straight wins, however have lost their last two matches against Dundonald Bluebell and Linlithgow Rose. This saw them drop back down to 5th position.
A couple of members of the squad are nursing niggles and will be assessed prior to tomorrow's match. Jamie Bain is making good progress and the Manager is hopeful that he could be part of the squad.
Reflecting on the win over Strathspey Thistle in our last outing, Manager Andy Kirk commented, "I thought in the first half their were some good patterns of play and there were a lot of efforts at goal that we would have liked to do better with in terms of working the goalkeeper. Overall we were in total control of the game and ended up with 5 goals but if I'm being picky we should have had another 2 or 3 with a better choice of passing in the final third.
"The pitch was extremely dry and difficult to play on for both sets of players. Despite the surface being difficult, I thought we still tried to pass the ball and used the width of the pitch. There were a lot of positives to take and it's another clean sheet as well which we're pleased about. We just have to keep on pushing as we are capable of producing even higher levels than we are at this moment in time."
Midfielder Michael McArthur made his debut for the club and Kirk was happy with the way he performed. He said, "Michael done well for his first appearance. He had only trained with us once on the Thursday. It was a case of him getting out there, fitting in with the boys and enjoying the game. He looked composed on the ball and picked some good options - he will get fitter as time goes on."
City parted ways with Seth Patrick last week but Andy was quick to bring in Aaron Arnott on loan from Raith. He commented, "Seth done well for us in a lot of the games this season - it's disappointing but understandable. He had issues that he needed to go home for and we wish him well. He had a great time with us and he enjoyed his football - I think he improved over his time with us.
"It's another opportunity for someone else and we've brought in Aaron Arnott from Raith who is another exciting young talent. He has good energy and we are hoping that he will fit in with the way we are wanting to do things. "
Looking ahead to the cup tie tomorrow, Andy added, "Last week we were disappointed with the game being off but it gave the chance for a few players to have an extra week to recover and hopefully be ready for tomorrow. We've trained really well this week so we're looking forward to the game.
"We played each other in pre-season but both teams were nowhere near where they are now. We're in a much better place and I'm sure Jeanfield will be the same. In the Scottish Cup there are always upsets but we're desperate to win the game and progress in the tournament. We're expecting a tough game against a very good side - Jeanfield play some good football and have some talented players and we'll need to be at our very best."
Admission prices at the Riverside Stadium are £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and free for Under 16's.
SUPPORTERS CLUB TRAVEL
Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a coach to the game which will leave St Ninian's Square at 10am. Very limited seats remain so if you wish to travel please text 07740 856565 to book your seat. The cost of the bus is just £10 per person!
Tomorrow's match referee is Regan Wallace, assisted by Ewan Dunn and Vikki Robertson.
Jeanfield Swifts 0-6 Brechin City - 2 July 2022 (Pre-season Friendly)
The two clubs met just over two months ago in a pre-season friendly at the Riverside Stadium, with City running out comfortable 6-0 winners. The scoreline was a little harsh on the East of Scotland League side who had chances of their own, whilst City were ruthless when the opportunities came their way.
Grady McGrath gave City a narrow advantage at the break, before Andy Kirk's men turned on the style after the hour mark. A goal from Cammie Ross and doubles for Kieran Inglis and Dominik Naglik rounded off the win.