Comfortable victory for Brechin City

Andy Jackson curls the ball beyond Greg Paterson in the East Fife goal to score City's second.
Andy Jackson curls the ball beyond Greg Paterson in the East Fife goal to score City's second.

Brechin City cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory on Saturday when they hosted East Fife at Glebe Park in the only League One fixture.

The victory has seen City narrow the gap on fourth placed Stranraer, with just four points separating the two sides.

The match started out in wet and windy conditions, with neither side really benefiting from the wind.

East Fife looked to get an effort in on goal in the opening minutes, but with Kevin Smith ready to tee up a shot, Gerry McLauchlan was on hand to put in a superb block.

City’s two January signings linked up well in the 10th minute, with Robert Thomson playing in Ryan Ferguson, who placed his shot just over the cross bar.

The home side got a deserved opener in the 27th minute, with Bobby Barr netting from just inside the penalty box.

Thomson had the chance to double City’s lead in the 34th minute, after a slip from Joe Mbu left the striker with just the ‘keeper to beat. Unfortunately, his effort was just wide of the right hand post.

Marc McKenzie came close to equalising for the visitors, but his effort ended up wide of the target.

City doubled their lead just four minutes from half-time, with on-form striker Andy Jackson prodding home a low effort into the bottom corner of the net.

East Fife never looked likely to score against City, with any efforts at goal aimed directly at Graeme Smith, or drifting wide of the target.

City made sure of their win in the 63rd minute, with Thomson marking his home debut with a superb goal.

The striker lobbed ‘keeper Greg Paterson from the left wing to secure all three points for City.