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News - 2 March 2023

Match Preview | Inverurie Locos v Brechin City - By Steven Mew

City are on their travels again for the third consecutive match this weekend, this time for a semi-final tie against Inverurie Locos in the GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup.

City got the better of Rothes (H) and Lossiemouth (A) to reach this stage of the competition, whilst Inverurie's path took them past Fraserburgh (A) and Turriff United (A).

After a last gasp winner against Huntly last weekend, City will be looking to follow that up by progressing to the final where they would come up against either Buckie Thistle or Banks O' Dee.

The Locos will also be heading into the tie off the back of a 2-1 victory over Nairn County at Harlaw Park last weekend.

Midfielder Michael McArthur has trained all of this week and is likely to return to the squad for tomorrow, but the game may come too soon for Euan Spark meaning he could be City's only absentee.

Looking back at the late win over Huntly last weekend, Manager Andy Kirk said, "I thought the boys were really good last week. There are different ways to win a game and sometimes you just have to keep going until the final whistle and other times you go ahead early and get a comfortable win. There was a reaction after Wednesday and I thought we played better football and looked more like ourselves. We kept trying to do the right things and we got our reward for it in the end. To win it that way gives the fans and players a boost celebrating together and hopefully it will be a good thing for us in the long run.

"The keeper had a fantastic save from Ewan Loudon and he had one from Botti before that. We hit the post twice in the first half and we could have done a bit better in one or two situations. We had a lot of forward players on the pitch towards the end of the game and we changed the shape a couple of times - thankfully it paid off for us."

Hamish Thomson made his first start for the club since August, with Andy adding, "Hamish was great - he's a big strong boy and although he's been out for a long time it's just the match sharpness that he needs. We were pleased with his performance and he gives a real presence there but we have a lot of games coming up and we don't want to overload him too much."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's cup tie, he commented, "There is a final at stake. We won 5-1 in the last game which over the piece I felt we deserved. I don't think we played particularly well in the game to be honest and didn't hit the levels we were capable of. We're expecting a really tough game away from home against a side with a new Manager who will have a different way of trying to do things."

Kick off is 3pm. Admission prices at Harlaw Park are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. U12's go free with a paying adult.

Brechin City Supporters' Club are running two buses to the game which will leave St Ninian's Square at 11:45am. Very limited availability remaining - to book text Dean on 07740 856565.

Tomorrow's match referee is Scott Leslie, assisted by Daniel Donohoe and Thomas Clark.

Brechin City 5-1 Inverurie Loco Works - 18 February 2023
You only have to back a fortnight for the last meeting between the sides as City recovered from an early scare to 5 past the Locos at Glebe Park.

Lloyd Robertson took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put the visitors ahead after just 4 minutes, however a brace from Ewan Loudon put City ahead at the break. Marc Scott netted the 3rd early in the second half before late goals from Kieran Inglis and Jamie Bain added gloss to the win.