Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Season 2008/2009: Match 24: Montrose v Brechin City

The words "Montrose" "Brechin City" and "cup final" are rarely used in the same sentence together, but tonight was the exception to the rule.
While the rest of Europe tuned in to watch Barcelona and Chelsea cancel each other out, 350-odd hardy souls braved the Angus cold for the Forfarshire Cup Final at Links Park.
Brechin City, who were only able to raise a 13-man squad for their league clash with Raith Rovers on Saturday, were favourites for the match, given that they are promotion chasers in Division 2.
Both sides fielded a mixture of first team and reserve players, but it was Brechin who looked the better side, especially in the first half. Young striker Stephen Etienne was a constant thorn in the side for Montrose and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, including a 25-yard drive that thumped against the crossbar.
Montrose never looked like scoring in the first half, and went in at half-time 2-0 down. They were better in the second half, young Ryan Stewart scrambling home the rebound after Roddy Hunter had side-footed a volley onto the crossbar.
But the comeback amounted to nothing and I think even the Montrose fans were glad to hear the final whistle so they could get home out of the cold.
Just to prove it was a genuine cup final, here's the Brechin captain receiving the Forfarshire Cup:


Anonymous said...

Mither says,

Divided loyalties for this one Jock?!!

Groanin' Jock said...

Well, I am a Montrose season ticket holder...but the better side won.

Shirley said...

As a Gers and Elgin City fan I sorely remeber a match when City were still in the Highland League, and Steve'Pele'Paterson was manager.
We were the Champions and in the Scottish Cup playing Arbroath, a crowd of just under 2,000 witnessed us beat them 2-1 and we then drew Brechin in the next round. 2,800 City faithfull turned up to watch us draw and earn a replay down in Brechin....we were on a high and took 900 fans down to watch us get humped 8-0 - does any readers remeber this match ? I was the one with the fog horn.