Brechin City 0
Queen of the South 6
Brechin City’s unbeaten run of 11 games came to a shuddering halt on Wednesday, when Queen of the South secured the league title in emphatic form.
Within the first minute of play, Queens had taken the lead as they set to ensure they were the first team in Scotland to cinch a league title. Nicky Clark, who has been on fine form this season, made no mistake with his first minute effort.
Just two minutes later, Queens had doubled their lead when Michael Paton latched on to a Kevin Holt pass.
Andy Jackson had a chance in the sixth minute to put City on the scoresheet, but in the end his shot was straight at Lee Robinson in the Queens’ goal.
Brechin had another opportunity to pull back a goal in the 15th minute of the match, but David McKenna’s free kick was agonisingly wide of the target.
Three minutes later, Queens added another goal to their tally. A Christopher Mitchell cross from the left wing deflected on Ewan Moyes, resulting in an own goal
Paul McLean had a headed effort in the 21st minute after jumping to meet Graham Hay’s cross, by Lee Robinson was on hand to deny the full back.
Queens had another change to increase their lead in the 30th minute, but Paul Burn’s effort was pushed behind by Andrews.
Paton was able to get the better of Andrews in the 35th minute when he set loose a 25 yard effort that flew in to the top corner.
Queens’ netted their fifth of the match in the closing minutes of the first half with Clark getting on the end of a Kevin Holt cross and sliding the ball in from just six yards out.
Half-time: Brechin City, 0; Queen of the South, 5.
Ten minutes in to the second half, Queens could have extended their lead, but Gavin Reilly’s effort hit of the post.
He wasn’t to be denied in the 57th minute, however, when he closed down a back pass. The ball fell kindly to him and he fired home in to an empty net
Paton had a great chance to secure a hat trick in the 62 minute, but Andrews was on hand to deny him.
City disappointing night was capped with a dismissal for Gerry McLauchlan, who was sent off after picking up a second yellow card on the night.