First division Falkirk edge City out of cup

Graham Weir congratulates David McKenna after pulling a goal back. (Picture by Derek Watt).
Graham Weir congratulates David McKenna after pulling a goal back. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Brechin’s hopes of success in the Ramsdens Cup competition came to an end on Saturday as they lost two-one to first division side Falkirk.

David McKenna scored for Brechin just before half-time, with Brechin having lost two goals in seven minutes earlier in the half.

Garry Brady looks to beat Blair Aston. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Garry Brady looks to beat Blair Aston. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Despite a battling performance from City, they were unable to find the net as the game ended two-one to Falkirk, who now progress to entertain Dundee in round two of the tourney.

The Brechin manager admitted that, while the tournament is not too high on the list of priortities for the season, he doesn’t like losing any game.

“If we’d managed to get a result against Falkirk it would’ve been a good scalp for us”, said Jim Weir.

“But I’m not too disappointed at the way we played at times.

“We had enough chances in the game, maybe even more clear-cut than Falkirk, but we didn’t quite take them.

“I’m disappointed with the couple of goals that we lost, but overall it allows us to now concentrate on this Saturday, and the league campaign ahead.”

Next up for Brechin City is a home match against Clyde in the opening round of the Scottish Communities League Cup, followed by the league opener at home to Stenhousemuir on Saturday, August 6.

“The Clyde game on Saturday is one we’re looking forward to,” continued Jim Weir.

“Jim Duffy [former Brechin manager] coming back to the Glebe will add a bit more spice to the tie.

“We’ll have a few bodies back because obviously Molloy was injured and Nelson was unavailable at the weekend.

“We are also hoping to add someone to the squad this week.

“ I’m just waiting on some information on that, and then we’ll be looking a wee bit healthier, because we only had 15 players available for the weekend.”

Weir said: “Molloy is still going to be a doubt for our first league game against Stenhousmuir. He’s got a groin strain at the minute.

“We thought on Saturday he would’ve been ok, but, we’ve got a couple of training sessions between now and then and we’ll see how he is.

“Charlie King is still trying to gain full fitness. He played a bit of the game on Saturday, so it’s a case of just building it up bit-by-bit, because I think if you push him too hard, too early, there will be some sort of reaction there, .

“Charlie just has to be patient in terms of his recovery.”

Back to Saturday’s odd goal in three defeat at the hands of Falkirk, and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 26th minute,when on-loan defender Bennett scored with a header.

A free-kick from Marc Millar nodded across the goal by Dods fell to Bennett who made no mistake, powering his header past David Scott, who was playing in place of usual first-choice keeper Nelson, out through injury.

Brechin never let their heads go down, however, and immediately came close, when Garry Brady hit a powerful drive from outside the box, but watched his shot go past the post.

The Bairns made it two-nil in the 33rd minute.

Millar was again the provider of a cross into the box, and with no Brechin players attacking the ball, Dods powered in a header of his own, having previously flicked on the opener for Bennett.

At two goals down, Brechin could have let their heads go down, but they managed to pull a goal back before half-time from a corner.

Paul McLean swung in the ball, which was nodded back across the goal by Gerry McGlauchlan to David McKenna, who thumped the ball home from a few yards out.

After the break, City battled to find and equaliser as Falkirk looked to try and bury the tie, but neither side could find the net, both showing good defensive skills.

Scott made a good stop after a sloppy back-pass from Gary Fusco was picked up by Farid El Algai, in what proved to be the best chance of the second half.

Brechin City - Scott, McLean, Dunlop, McLauchlan, Buist, Brady (McClune), McManus (King), Fusco, McKenna, Weir (Lister) and Carcary.

Falkirk - McGovern, Duffy, Scobie, Dods, Bennett, Murdoch, Alston (Wallace), Millar, El Alagui and Higginbotham, Kingsley.