No joy for battling ten-man Brechin

Alan Trouten's shot goes narrowly over the bar early on.

Alan Trouten's shot goes narrowly over the bar early on.

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It was an away day to forget for Brechin City as they left Dunfermline after a 3-1 loss, having had a player sent off in the second half.

Dunfermline Athletic took the lead just three minutes in to the match, with Ryan Wallace firing past Graeme Smith in the Brechin City goal.

In what was an unusually poor first half display from City, Alan Trouten had the best chance to net for the visitors 10 minutes later, but his effort was over the bar.

Dunfermline doubled their lead in the 22nd minute, with Ryan Williamson’s cross for Ryan Thomson taking an unfortunate touch from Ewan Moyes and the ball found it’s way past Smith.

There was little in the way of clear cut chances after this, with the home side seeing out the first half comfortably.

Seven minutes in to the second half, Steven Jackson’s cross was headed down by brother Andy for Alan Trouten, who rather uncharacteristically, missed a fantastic opportunity to pull one back.

Manager Ray McKinnon looked to changes things, and replaced Steven Robb with Stuart Anderson.

It did not have the affect McKinnon hoped for as, after just four minutes on the pitch, Anderson was given his marching orders after a foul on Ryan Williamson.

The reduction to 10 men, however, bolstered Brechin and both Andy Jackson and Moyes forced saves from Ryan Scully in the Dunfermline goal.

Scully couldn’t prevent Paul McLean from netting in the 80th minute after his right footed effort found the bottom right corner.

Any hopes of a comeback were quashed by Wallace in the 87th minute, when he netted from close range.