City cruise to victory against East Fife

Andy Jackson's looping header is adjudged to have crossed the line to open the scoring for City.

Andy Jackson's looping header is adjudged to have crossed the line to open the scoring for City.

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Brechin City continued their fine run of form when they travelled to East Fife at the weekend, securing a comfortable 2-1 victory.

East Fife were desperate for the points to avoid the automatic relegation spot, and they almost made the dream start.

Just one minute in to the match, the home side had the chance to take the lead when Liam Buchanan had a strike at goal, but his effort flashed wide of the post.

It turned out to be a rare attack, with City taking the leading in the 20th minute, through a somewhat controversial goal.

Andy Jackson rose to head home a Ryan Ferguson corner, with the ball hitting the underside of the crossbar.

East Fife players were adamant the ball hadn’t crossed the line, but referee Iain Brines awarded the goal.

The Fifers came close to an equaliser moments later, but Graeme Smith was on hand to save from Gary Thom.

Spurred on by their goal, City continued to press for a second and looked to have gotten it just before half-time when Alan Trouten had an effort on goal, but Scott McBride cleared off the line.

Craig Molloy saw two opportunities go glancing past the ‘keeper’s right post in the second half as City looked to increase their lead.

Robert Thomson, in the 57th minute, saw a fine effort go over the cross bar.

However, it wasn’t until the 88th minute that City netted their deserved second goal.

Alan Trouten burst into the box and lofted the ball over Greg Paterson to score a sublime effort.

East Fife were able to net a consolation in injury time, with Pat Clarke nodding home a Buchanan cross from a few yards out.