Brechin City take all three points against Stenhousemuir

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.
Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Brechin City welcomed Stenhousemuir to Glebe park for their first home league game of the season.

It was a first half of little action, with neither side pressuring the goal. The best chance in the opening half an hour fell to Stenhousemuir’s Martin Grehan, who shot over the crossbar from close range in the 13th minute.

However, Brechin made sure to end the half on a good note with Alan Trouten lofting the ball over Greg Fleming to give the homeside a 1-0 lead at half-time.

City almost started the second half with a goal after a Robert Thomson cross found the head of Trouten but Fleming did well to deny the midfielder.

Stenhousemuir came very close to equalising in the 60th minute, when Martin Grehan unleashing a fizzing shot, but Graeme Smith pulled of a fantastic save.

The visitors were denied by Smith again minutes later when the keeper closed down Sean Dickson.

City themselves could have increased their lead when Callum Tapping flicked the ball on, but it was deflected over the bar.

Stenhousemuir were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute, after Paul McLean brought down Colin McMenamin in the box. Grehan stepped up to take the kick, but Smith continued his fine performance and dived low to his left to push the ball out for a corner kick.

Although the visitors pressed for an equaliser, they couldn’t break down an organised City defence, and the homeside deservedly ended the match 1-0 winners.