REPORT: Brechin City smash Cove Rangers in Betfred Cup

30-07-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Betfred Cup group stage. Falkirk FC v Brechin City. Finn Graham 10 and Mark Kerr 8.

30-07-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Betfred Cup group stage. Falkirk FC v Brechin City. Finn Graham 10 and Mark Kerr 8.

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Brechin City will go into the hat for the third round of the Irn Bru Cup after beating Cove Rangers by 4-1 at Glebe Park on Tuesday.

Despite the margin of victory, City had to fight really hard to dispose of the plucky Highland League side who battled throughout the 90 minutes.

John Sheran’s team got off to a great start when they grabbed the lead with less than two minutes on the clock.

Ryan Stott swung over a perfect corner and Harry Milne rose above the home defence to bullet a header past Graeme Smith.

This goal stung City into a reaction and they levelled the match in the 15th minute when Elliot Ford crossed into the box for Andy Jackson who tapped it back to Finn Graham and he fired home from the edge of the box.

City notched another goal 10 minutes before the break when the ball rebounded from the visitors’ defence into the path of Jackson who slotted it home from close-range.

The visitors really pressurised the City defence early in the second-half as they fought for the equaliser but the home side scored the decisive third goal in the 59th minute when James Dale sent a long pass onto Ross Caldwell who kept his cool before lobbing Cove keeper Stuart McKenzie.

The Cove players were adamant that the ex-Ayr United striker was well offside but despite their protests, the goal was allowed to stand.

Despite being two goals down Cove again pushed forward in an effort to reduce the deficit but it was City who scored the final goal right at the death when Jackson fired home from 25 yards.

City boss Darren Dods said: “We certainly were not at our best and we had to work really hard for the win.

“We switched off completely for the Cove goal but that stung the players into a reaction and thankfully we managed to go in at the interval 2-1 in front.

“We again didn’t play to our capabilities after the break and to be frank the 4-1 score-line probably flattered us.”