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Brechin City manager, Ray McKinnon, started of his Glebe Park career with a three nil victory over Stranraer, writes Amanda Taylor.

Defender Gerry McLauchlan returned to the side following injury, and a slip in the early minutes almost cost his side a goal. However Euan Moyes was on hand to block the Stranraer attempt.

There were a couple of half decent chances for City in the first half. Alan Trouten played well to give himself a chance in the opening 10 minutes, but couldn’t get his shot on target, with the ball drifting past the right-hand post.

Andy Jackson had a fantastic chance in the 20th minute, when Kurtis Byrne crossed the ball to him in the box, but Jackson’s first shot was blocked, and his follow up attempt went over the bar.

However, JACKSON wasn’t to be denied seven minutes later. A Trouten shot was blocked and fell in to the path of the prolific striker, who fired the ball in to the bottom right corner. It was his sixth league goal of the season.

Four minutes later, JACKSON netted his second goal of the match when a Byrne cross found him unmarked in the box.

Trouten had a chance to make it three in the 35th minute when a run down the wing saw him create a chance to break into the box, but his shot was easily saved by David Mitchell in the Stranraer goal.

Stranraer had a couple of early chances after the restart, but were unable to take their opportunities. Grant Gallagher skipped past the Brechin defence and had only the ‘keeper to beat, but his tame effort was easily saved by Craig Nelson.

On the occasion when Stranraer posed an attacking threat, City defended well, repeatedly putting in blocks and putting their bodies on the line to earn City’s second clean sheet of the season.

Trouten, who put on an excellent display, had another opportunity to net his first Brechin goal, but Mitchell saved his effort, pushing the ball past the right hand post.

In the 65th minute, City made sure there was no way back into the game for Stranraer when David McKENNA netted the third goal.

Paul McLean played the ball in to the box from the right channel, and Mckenna, positioned near the penalty spot, coolly knocked it into the net for his second counter of the season.

Derek Carcary, who replaced Kurtis Byrne, saw a brilliant chance saved in the 75th minute. After a great run down the park, he beat the defender, but Mitchell dived low to his left to push the ball out for a corner.

There was a cause for concern amongst City fans in the 81st minute when Jackson forced a change after picking up a knock. His replacement, Scott Dalziel, almost scored with his first touch- a headed attempt from a corner, but again Mitchell was a equal to the shot.