City have to settle for a draw

JIm Lister.

JIm Lister.

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East Fife 1, Brechin City 1

A goal from Jim Lister (pictured right), starting his first competitive game this season won City a share of the spoils in a hard-fought and evenly contested game against East Fife at New Bayview on Saturday.

The Fifers had gone in at half-time deservedly in front thanks to a goal in the eighth minute from Ryan Wallace, who took advantage of a great pass from former Brechin midfielder Darren Smith to blast the ball past Craig Nelson.

The home side dictated the play in the opening 45 minutes and Robert Ogleby came close to doubling his side’s lead when his shot hit the side-netting.

Although City were on the back foot for much of the first-half, Scott Buist, making a return to the City back four, and Lister were both unlucky with efforts which could have swung the game in the visitors’ favour.

City manager Jim Weir replaced defender Gerry McGlauchlan with striker Graham Weir at half-time in a brave effort to get his side back into the match and City certainly began the second-half in a much more determined frame of mind and deservedly drew level in the 57th minute when Lister collected a pass from David McKenna and bore in on goal before firing a good shot past Fifers keeper Mark Ridgers.

Mathew Park and Ogleby both missed chances for the hosts while Lister almost grabbed a second goal for City.

East Fife - Ridgers, Scott Durie, Innes, White, Muir, Johnstone (Cook), Park, Darren Smith, Linn, Ogleby and Wallace (Dalziel).

Brechin City - Nelson, McLean, McLauchlan (Weir), Buist, Dunlop, David Crawford, Janczyk, Fusco, Smith, Lister and McKenna.

Referee - John McKendrick; crowd - 501.