East Fife v Brechin City

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Brechin City gave their fans an extra reason to be cheerful heading in to the festive period as they secured their first away win in the league.

Ray McKinnon’s side travelled to face East Fife on Saturday, knowing a win would see them leap frog the Fifers in the league.

City looked keen to shake things up with, McKinnon opting for a 5-3-2 formation, and it certainly paid off with the visitors emerging with a 3-1 victory.

City took the lead after 30 minutes of play, when Andy Jackson fired home an Alan Trouten cut back for his eighth goal of the season.

Brechin introduced Bobby Barr at half-time and his influence in the match was evident just nine minutes later, when he doubled City’s lead with a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

East Fife made a few changes to their own side, with former City player Ryan Stewart replacing Ross Brown just minutes after Barr’s goal.

The switch paid off as the midfielder returned to haunt City in the 70th minute, when he headed home to pull a goal back for the home side.

However, second-half substitute, Derek Carcary, wrapped up all three points for City when his left-footed strike found the back of the net in the 89th minute.

To read Ray McKinnon’s thoughts on the game, turn to page 30.