City narrowly beaten in second derby

Ryan Donnelly has a header tipped over the bar by Scott Morrison.

Ryan Donnelly has a header tipped over the bar by Scott Morrison.

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Brechin City’s bid to win two Angus derbies back to back was hindered by Arbroath loan star Lee Erwin at Gayfield on Saturday.

Ray McKinnon’s side made the short trip to face Arbroath on the back of a 2-1 win over Forfar the previous week.

Brechin were the first team to threaten, when a Bobby Barr corner found the head of Paul McLean, but the defender’s effort was wide of the post.

It was Arbroath who broke the deadlock, with Erwin, on loan from Motherwell, netting in the 15th minute. He picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, sidestepped a challenge and smashed an unstoppable drive into the net.

The home side almost doubled their lead in the 21st minute, but Linn’s effort was just over the bar.

City could have equalised in the 26th minute S. Jackson floated in a cross, with Donnelly rising to head it goalward, but Morrison ,with some exceptional goalkeeping, kept the striker out.

It was Erwin again who netted in the 30th minute. Linn played a corner short to Erwin, who fired in a shot from the left, that Smith was unable to get to.

Half-time: Arbroath 2, Brechin City 0.

Graham Hay’s defensive skills denied Arbroath a third in the 54 minute, when he intervened to prevent Linn breaking away. Moments later Steven Milne broke into the area but Smith was on hand to deny him, making a fine save.

Smith was quick of his line in the 58th minute, to deny Linn.

Brechin pulled a goal back in the 62 minute, when a Barr shot took a deflection, and the ball ended up in the back of Morrison’s net.

City almost levelled when Steven Jackson fired in a superb free kick from 25 yards which smashed off the crossbar.

However, it was the Lichties’ day as they ran out 2-1 winners.