Brechin City 2 East Fife 1
Brechin City continued their good home form when they hosted East Fife on Saturday. The Fifers had been a bit of a bogey team for Jim Weir’s side, with City unable to get a win out of the previous seven matches, writes Amanda Taylor.
Weir urged his team to build on a positive second half performance from their defeat to Stenhousemuir, and they did just that with Andy Jackson netting his fourth and fifth goals of the season within two minutes of each other.
City bossed the game from the early stages, with two chances to score going begging within the first ten minutes. Jackson did not waste City’s third attack in the 11th minute of the match. A defence splitting pass from Scott Dalziel left Jackson with only Michael Brown in the East Fife goal to beat. The City striker kept his calm as he blasted the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Two minutes later, Jackson was on target to double City’s lead. Dalziel again was involved in the build-up, and Jackson made no mistake as easily slotted home.
Another chance for City’s came in the 21st minute of the match, after Jackson controlled the ball with his chest, but Craig Molloy’s attempt on goal was deflected wide.
East Fife’s Brown had dodgy moment five minutes later, when Johnny Brown’s shot could only be pushed into the path of Ryan Stewart. Stewart, who has recently recovered from a hamstring injury, was unable to capitalise on the ‘keeper’s lack lustre save, with his shot drifting past the outside of the post.
Former Brechin City player, Paul McManus, had a chance to pull back a goal for East Fife in the 35th minute, when he made the most of a distracted City defence, but his shot was well over the bar. East Fife had another opportunity to pull back a goal in the 38th minute when they were awarded a free kick from around 20 yards out, but Robert Sloan’s fine effort sailed just over the bar.
Jackson had a chance to get his third goal of the match just before half time, but despite a good ball in from Garry Brady, Jackson’s shot went just wide of the top left corner.
At the start of the second half, East Fife seemed to regain more confidence, retaining more possession than they had in the first half. Scott Durie forced a fine save from City ‘keeper Michael Andrews in the 70th minute when his volley was palmed over the bar.
East Fife capitalised on their possession in 88th minute of the match, with Gareth Wardlaw finding the net with a low diving header at the back post, leaving Andrews no chance of keeping it the ball out of the net.
City had a clear penalty dismissed by referee Paul Robertson in the dying minutes of the match. Dalziel went to pounce on a loose ball and was blocked by an East Fife player, but the referee waived on.
City ended the match on a positive note, with Derek Carcary came on as substitute for David McKenna in the 87th minute making his first appearance since he recovered from an injury sustained against Montrose in a pre-season match. Carcary almost nicked a third goal for City when he robbed East Fife of the ball, but his shot was much too soft and Brown had an easy save to make.