Brechin City 3 Dunfermline Athletic 2 (SPFL League One) 25th January 2014

Brechin City         3     Dunfermline Athletic      2

Carcary 57                    Shankland 30

Jackson 60                    Wallace 54

Petrie 89

Brechin City moved up to fifth today with an excellent 3-2 win at home to Dunfermline Athletic after the Pars threw away a two goal lead.

City stayed unchanged from last week’s 3-1 win at Ayr while Dunfermline made two changes with Kerr Young and Stephen Husband returning in place of Callum Morris and Allan Smith.

Dunfermline started off the stronger side and came close with Ryan Wallace firing over in the early stages. Andy Jackson nodded into Ryan Scully’s arms in one of Brechin’s few chances of the half.

The Pars took the lead on the half hour mark, Lewis Martin beating a defender and slotting a ball through for Lawrence Shankland, Shankland capitalising on McLauchlan’s sloppy defending and firing home from a tight angle.

Wallace should have added a second before half time as he passed two defenders before blasting wide when it would have been easier to pass to an unmarked Josh Falkingham.

HALF TIME: Brechin City 0 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Brechin made two changes at half time, McLauchlan and Craig Molloy being replaced by Derek Carcary and Allan Walker.

Dunfermline doubled their advantage in the 54th minute, a long ball found Ryan Wallace and he rounded Graeme Smith before firing home despite Brechin defenders efforts to stop him shooting.

After this goal Dunfermline switched off and by the hour mark Brechin were level, in the 57th minute Bobby Barr muscling between two defenders and letting fly with an effort in the box that smashed off the cross bar, Derek Carcary bundling home the rebound.

Three minutes later Barr sent a corner to Jackson who turned before shooting, his shot diverted in by Stephen Husband on the line.

Brechin City started to press more and more and really should have had more, Derek Carcary and Barr the main threat for City.

The home side grabbed a late winner in the 89th minute, a Dunfermline error allowing Caracry a run at goal, once he reached the box Lewis Martin put in a great tackle but the ball fell to loanee Darren Petrie and he scored his first senior goal as he fired home through a crowded box.

Dunfermline pressed for an equaliser in injury time but couldn’t find the net as they fell 23 points behind League One leaders Rangers.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Bobby Barr

Brechin City: Graeme Smith, Paul McLean, Johnny Brown, Graham Hay, Ewan Moyes, Gerry McLauchlan (Derek Carcary 46),Ryan Ferguson (Steven Robb 83), Craig Molloy (Allan Walker 46), Andy Jackson, Darren Petrie, Bobby Barr.

Subs not used: Steven Jackson, Craig Nelson (gk)

Dunfermline Athletic: Ryan Scully, Ryan Williamson, Alex Whittle, Lewis Martin, Kerr Young, Andy Geggan, Shaun Byrne (Lewis Spence 71), Stephen Husband (Ryan Wallace 85), Ryan Wallace, Josh Falkingham, Lawrence Shankland (Jordan Moore 76)

Subs not used: Drummond, Millen, Page, Goodfellow (gk).

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