BRECHIN City hosted Queen of the South on Saturday and were hoping to get back to winning ways, but defensive errors cost them three vital points, writes Amanda Taylor.
Two new faces have joined Jim Weir’s side as he tries to strengthen his squad amid injury issues. Allan Smith has joined on loan from Dunfermline and former Cambridge United player Jordan Lowdon has signed on.
The early minutes of the match saw City concede an indirect free kick in the box after some confusion with a pass back. The free kick was blocked well by the wall, but the resultant Chris Mitchell corner found Chris Higgins unmarked to head home Queens’ first of the day, after only seven minutes.
Scott Dalziel attempted to counter at the restart of play, making a nice run to the by-line but unfortunately his cross was easily dealt with by Mitchell.
Brechin’s best chance of the half was an Andy Jackson free kick, but it sailed straight into goalkeeper Lee Robinson’s arms.
Five minutes before half-time, the Doonhamers doubled their lead. City cleared the ball out for a corner, and Mitchell was on hand to set up Derek Lyle for another header.
Brechin’s misery was sealed eight minutes after the restart when Paul McLean took down Nicky Clarke in the box. Willie Gibson stepped up to take the penalty, and fired it into the back of the net.
Smith almost got City a consolation, but his effort was blocked by Higgins and Jackson’s follow up was too easy for Robinson in the Queens’ goal.
Dalziel almost netted his first competitive City goal in the last minutes of the match. He looked to have chipped an advancing Robinson, but the keeper managed to get his fingertips to the ball to push it away from danger.
Speaking after the match, City’s assistant manager Kevin McGowne said: “Credit to Queen of the South they came here and did a job, but we made it very simple for them to pick up the three points. After six, seven minutes they get the first goal. It was a free header in the box and we were chasing the game after that. The three goals we gave away today were criminal goals.
“The free header and the second one the boy loses his man in the box and the third one Paul McLean just dives in and it’s a clear cut a penalty as you’ll get. But we beat ourselves, and that’s not to take anything away from Queen of the South but we made it easy for them today.”
“Jim, Andy Millen and myself are all defenders and we take it as slight that we are losing goals the way we are.”