Brechin City 6, Dumbarton 0
BRECHIN City produced a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment at Glebe Park on Saturday.
While one fan in the Glebe Park stand was heard saying “it’s not our best performance of the season”, the less cynically minded must have enjoyed a tremendous display of attacking football in the second half.
To be fair to Dumbarton, while City looked like they were in control, at half-time the Sons of the Rock were still very much in the game.
However, the turning point was a few seconds into the second period, Jamie Redman’s well-placed effort gaining his side a second and killing of the visitors altogether.
Dumbarton, who had fought back three times to pick up a point on their last trip to the Glebe, fell apart thereafter.
There was the introduction of Roy McBain at left-back and his arrival was to prove significant, Davie White dropping out of the back four. Jamie Redman returned to the engine room, with Gary Fusco on the bench.
Brechin started the game really well and Grindlay had to be on his toes in the Sons’ goal to deal with a Molloy effort.
City continued to push for an opener and Ryan McStay was fortunate not to head past his own goalkeeper when conceding a corner from McBain’s cross from the left.
City forced a couple of corners in quick succession and only had to wait until the seventh minute to get their noses in front.
Janczyk delivered a flag kick from the left and Gerry McLauchlan headed the ball downwards. It span up into the path of David McKenna, who reacted very well to head the ball home.
In the 13th minute, one of the few moments of slackness from the City back four in the entire afternoon allowed Jon McShane a chance to steal in behind them and test Craig Nelson. The City veteran was equal to the task and spread himself well to block the on-loan St Mirren striker’s effort.
City kept battling away for a second and typically tenacious tackling from Craig Molloy saw him set up Redman on the edge of the box and the midfielder’s half-volley was held by Grindlay.
A moment of magic from Rory McAllister saw him turn his marker inside out, but Grindlay held his low cross at his near post. A feature of Brechin’s attacking play was Roy McBain’s eagerness to join in with the midfield and front players.
The debutante almost made it a dream debut after linking up well with Byers and McKenna on the left flank. His right-foot effort was collected by a relieved Stephen Grindlay.
Dumbarton’s Martin McNiff became the luckiest man inside Glebe Park to escape a caution after he used both hands to push Rory McAllister away from a ball that had run out of play. City’s Jamie Redman and the visitors’ Ryan McStay were both cautioned for their interventions.
However, McNiff amazingly escaped without as much as a lecture.
A lovely flowing move from City ended with Kevin Byers firing over from 20 yards in the 33rd minute. Dumbarton won a free-kick after Janczyk was penalised for his tackle.
However, McShane’s effort was straight at the wall. Molloy was then harshly penalised by the referee for what appeared to be a good tackle on Creaney.
The only blemish in Roy McBain’s debut was a booking in the 37th minute, the full-back catching Mark Gilhaney late and getting a yellow card which he had no argument over.
Rory McAllister then almost handed City an increase on two occasions before the interval.
First of all the Brechin centre tried an audacious lob after Grindlay had slipped taking a goal-kick. However, the ball sailed just over the bar.
The striker was then sent clean through on goal by a lovely pass from David McKenna. He rounded the goalkeeper, but his drive from an acute angle was hooked off the line for a corner by Ben Gordon.
If Dumbarton had shown signs of coming out with everything to play for in the second period, their optimism was short-lived.
Just seconds after the restart, Byers jinked in from the left to set up Molloy on the edge of the box. The ball wouldn’t settle for the City midfielder, so he squared to Redman, who made an excellent job of side-footing the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach into his bottom right-hand corner.
A lovely piece of close control from McBain on the left flank won City a corner in the 51st minute. Ewan Moyes won the header, but his effort on goal was blocked by Nugent.
City continued their goal search and a far post cross from McKenna was just beyond McAllister. Then Byers curled an effort from the edge of the box wide from the loose ball.
Brechin went three up in the 52nd minute. Rory McAllister sprung the Dumbarton offside trap and drew the goalkeeper, before rolling the ball home and joining the fans at the Cemetery End in a bit of a celebration.
Andy Geggan was the next name in referee David Somers’ notebook for a late challenge on Craig Molloy.
The Sons introduced Jordan White for James Creaney.
Brechin were almost caught out when McLauchlan’s pass back failed to reach Nelson and McShane rolled the ball back to the edge of the box, only for Geggan to fire well over the bar.
Geggan then came to his side’s rescue as Ewan Moyes’ header was cleared off the line by the midfielder from Kevin Byers’ corner.
Dumbarton threatened only very sporadically and Gilhaney brought Nelson to his knees to make a comfortable save.
Another of couple of changes saw Ross Campbell replace Pat Walker for the Sons and City introduce Jordan Kirkpatrick for Kevin Byers.
City threatened again from a set play with Gerry McLauchlan’s header at the near post zipping just past.
It was four-nil in the 79th minute. A lovely chip from Molloy found McAllister on the right hand side of the City box and he unselfishly squared for his strike partner McKenna to stretch and poke him his second and Brechin’s fourth of the afternoon.
Skipper Janczyk was replaced with Megginson in the 81st minute.
The on-loan Aberdeen striker wasn’t on the field long when he netted. Kirkpatrick delivered an excellent corner to the head of McAllister, and the striker flicked the ball on for Megginson to sweep it home at the far post and net his first goal in a City jersey. Five-nil to Brechin and the game entered a period where the home fans didn’t want to hear the final whistle.
With seven minutes left Daniel McKay replaced Rory McAllister and the visitors introduced Jordan Halsman for Mark Gilhaney.
Ben Gordon was the final player to have his name taken by Referee Somers. The Dumbarton centre back cynically hauled down McKenna as the striker raced away from him.
Fittingly, David McKenna had the last word on a memorable day for his side. The striker slotted home goal number six, after both Danny McKay and Gerry McLauchlan had had efforts blocked.
It would be unfair to pick out anyone in this performance. A real team effort.
And, while David McKenna excelled in the forward line, one of the most pleasing aspects is how much more solid City looked at the back.
The punters certainly gained excellent value for money in what was Brechin’s biggest home league win in almost 12 years at Glebe Park since they stuck eight past Albion Rovers in December 1999.
Brechin City - Nelson, Cook, McLauchlan, Moyes, McBain, Redman, Molloy, Janczyk (Megginson), Byers (Kirkpatrick), McAllister (McKay) and McKenna.
Dumbarton - Grindlay, Chisholm, Gordon, Nugent, McNiff, Gilhaney (Halsman), Creaney (Jordan White), McStay, Geggan, McShane and Walker (Campbell).