Away victory seals City’s place in League

Brechin City cemented their place in League One for the 2014/2015 season following a 2-1 victory away to Stranraer.

City needed the three points to pull away from East Fife, who are currently in the relegation play off spot, and their victory compounded with East Fife’s defeat to Airdrieonians meant Ray McKinnon’s men were safe.

Brechin took the lead after just five minutes, when they were awarded a penalty after Frank Mckeown fouled Andy Jackson in the box.

Alan trouten, who returned to the side following a one match suspension, stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly netted into the bottom left corner.

The early goal stirred Stranraer into action, and the home side had a spell of chances, with Jamie Longworth twice drawing a save from Graeme Smith in the city goal.

Their breakthrough came in the 22nd minute, when Andrew Stirling right footed delivery from long range, ended up looping into the top left corner, with Smith unable to stop it.

There was little in the way of clear cut chances following the goal, but it was Stranraer who were the more attacking of the two sides, with Longworth’s header in the 31st minute just off target.

City only other chance of the first half came in the 42nd minute, but Jackson’s shot was over the cross bar.

After half-time, it was City who started the better of the two sides, with Bobby Barr coming close with an effort in the 54th minute, which was just wide of the right hand post.

Stranraer created a few more attempts themselves but they failed to find the target, Their inability to finish came back to haunt them in the 67th minute, when Robert Thomson fired home to give City the lead, with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Both sides had several chances to score again in the latter stages of the match, with Thomson twice firing wide to deny City a third.