Brechin City were determined to make up for their previous two defeats against Stenhousemuir on Saturday - and they did that in excellent fashion as they netted seven goals, writes Amanda Taylor.
It was a day of firsts for some of the City players, with Kurtis Byrne and Alan Trouten scoring their first competitive goal for the club, with the latter going on to secure his hat-trick.
It was the first City hat-trick since Rory McAllister scored three against Stenhousemuir in April 2011. Derek Carcary netted twice to open his account for the season, helping to secure Brechin’s greatest victory since they defeated Albion Rovers 8-1 in December, 1999.
Speaking after the match, manager Ray McKinnon said: “I am delighted for the boys. They have been working so hard in training.
“They look sharp, they’ve been extremely hard working and enthusiastic and have taken everything on board and that is what they get on the Saturday for that.
“They are a good bunch of players and its just about getting confidence in their own abilities. For us, they are doing the things they are good at.
“We are playing some great football, we’re defending bravely and it’s all coming together nicely, but it’s only the start. The guys need to maintain this sort of attitude and enthusiasm for the game and hopefully we will see results like that.”
When asked if there was now an expectation given the first two results under the new management team, Mr McKinnon said: “Like I’ve said we are going to take one game at a time. We will try and win every game. We’ll give it 100 per cent, the backroom team and the players.
“We will see where we are come the end of the season, but there is no prediction or anything like that.”
When asked about Trouten’s performance, the recently appointed gaffer praised the midfielder, commenting: “In the last two games he has been fantastic. He has such a great ethic and work rate. He is up and down that park, he’s quick, he’s intelligent and he scores goals.
Discussing the confidence in the team, he added: “We wanted to get some confidence in the team as a unit and we done that.
“They get into their shape quickly and they work hard for each other and when things opened up they are being very, very positive.”
Brechin were electric for the start and it wasn’t long before they took the lead, scoring after only nine minutes. A Brechin free kick taken by Paul McLean played in Alan Trouten, who passed the ball behind the defence, leaving Kurtis Byrne with just the goalkeeper to defeat. The striker, who is currently on loan from Ross County, made no mistake with his finish as he rounded the ‘keeper to score City’s first of the day.
Twenty minutes later, Stenhousemuir pulled one back when Craig Nelson failed to intercept a cross. The ball fell straight to John Gemmell, whose right footed shot from six yards was always going to hit the back of the net.
Just two minutes later however, City reclaimed the lead. Andy Jackson’s initial shot at goal was saved by Robbie Thomson, but the ball fell to Byrne whose effort hit the post before trickling across the goal line, but Trouten was on hand to finish the effort from two yards out.
It was Trouten who extended City’s lead three minutes from half-time, again pouncing on a loose ball. Byrne crossed the ball in from the left channel to set up Jackson, whose headed effort was palmed away by the keeper, and Trouten fired a right footed shot in the bottom right corner.
Half-time: Brechin City, 3; Stenhousemuir, 1.
Brechin had a few chances after the restart, but Jackson was not destined to be on the score sheet for once, with his effort in the 50th minute drifting wide of the post.
Three minutes later, Jackson appeared to have been fouled in the box, but referee Steven McLean was not interested, and continued play.
Just two minutes after that incident, Stenhousemuir pulled a goal back when Sean Dickson rose above the City defence to head home a Greg Ross cross.
City’s reaction to the goal was positive, as they went looking to extend their lead again. Ten minutes later, their attacking play was rewarded as Trouten completed his hat-trick. Jonathan Brown crossed the ball in to Byrne who flicked the ball on to Trouten, who fired a right footed shot across the goal into the bottom left corner to take the game to 4-2.
Just a minute later, City were awarded a penalty and Stenhousemuir had Brown Ferguson sent off. Byrne had broken into the box when the stand in centre back tripped him. The referee deemed it a goalscoring opportunity and was left with no option but to brandish the red card.
David McKenna stepped up to take the penalty and successfully sent the ‘keeper the wrong way as he slotted home his third goal in as many games.
Derek Carcary, who replaced McKenna after 66 minutes, also got in on the goal action in the 83rd minute. After some great passing play from City, Carcary set up Trouten, who seen his effort blocked but Carcary was on hand to calmly lob the ball into the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Carcary secured his brace with a terrific left footed finish.
Brechin’s next match, on Saturday (November 3) is a home tie against junior side Bonnyrigg Rose in the William Hill Scottish Cup.