Win for City in first home league match

Ryan Donnelly scored with a header for Brechin's first of the afternoon
Ryan Donnelly scored with a header for Brechin's first of the afternoon

Brechin City’s first home match of the league season against East Fife ended in a 2-0 victory, with both goals coming in the second half.

It was the visitors who had the first chance of the match, when a Craig Johnstone shot from the edge of box hit City’s cross bar after just three minutes.

City seemed certain to score in the 20th minute when a Graham Hay pass was headed across the box by Andy Jackson to Carcary, whose effort hit the post just as the referee blew for a foul against Jackson.

Bobby Barr threatened in the 24th minute when he pounced on to a Stuart Anderson pass, but his shot was wide of the right hand post.

Andy Jackson had a similar effort minutes later, but he too seen his shot drift past the wrong side of the post.

Moments after, Liam Buchanan had a similar attempt at the opposite end, but like Jackson, his shot drifted past Graeme Smith’s right hand post.

Alan Trouten almost gave City the lead in the 33rd minute, with his shot being cleared off the line by Gary Thom.

East Fife almost capitalised when the ball bounced off Gerry McLauchlan in the box, but Smith was on hand to deny the visitors.

Half-time: Brechin City 0, East Fife 0.

City made the vital breakthrough after 65 minutes.

Trouten crossed the ball into the box from the right wing, and Ryan Donnelly, who replaced injured Derek Carcary in the fire half, headed home to give City a one goal lead.

Trouten turned from provider to scorer in the 83rd minute, when the ball cannoned off an East Fife defender and into Trouten’s path, who slotted past Andrews.

Trouten could have had a second minutes later, but his effort hit the inside of the post before running along the face of the goal and into Andrews’ relieved arms.