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Brechin City 2-1 East Fife

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He said: “Two great finishes from Jackson and we’re fortunate that we have him. We know what he can give us and he gave us absolutely everything. No disrespect to anybody who is here today but Andy Jackson should be playing at a higher level” Weir said after the game.”

The contribution of Jackson’s strike partner, target-man Scott Dalziel, didn’t go unnoticed either. “A lot of his good work is done outside of the box bringing Jackson and midfield players into play and that’s why I have brought him here. I would like to see him get his first league goal…he maybe just needs to hit the back of the net to give him some confidence.”

Both Jackson and Dalziel are new signings for Brechin following summer releases from Greenock Morton and East Fife respectively. On the evidence of this match, it appears Weir has done excellent business in bringing the pair to Glebe Park during the close season.

Their prospering partnership was evident as Brechin opened the scoring after 14 minutes. A long ball was played up to Dalziel who flicked his header on to Jackson on the right hand side of the penalty area. Jackson jinked inside the box beating his man before scuffing a shot that somehow beat East Fife goalkeeper Michael Brown.

Conceding the opening goal – against the run of play – really shook the visitors and before they knew it, they were 2-0 inside just 2 minutes later. Ryan Stewart led a counter attack down the flank and his cross was half cleared by Darren Smith. Smith’s header fell straight to Andy Jackson who tucked a shot into the bottom right hand corner beyond the diving Michael Brown.

From East Fife’s perspective, the manner in which both goals were conceded was disappointing; they were not defending at all well as a unit. Every time Brechin went forward they looked capable of scoring.

Despite looking less than convincing at the back, East Fife were still passing well in midfield and creating good chances. Their best chance of the first half fell to Paul McManus, who – following a lovely through ball from David Muir – lobbed his effort high over the bar when one-on-one with Brechin’s goalkeeper Michael Andrews. It was a bad miss.

The Fifers came close again just before half time. Robert Sloan’s struck a free kick from the edge of the area that clipped the top of the cross-bar before going over. It was a lovely sweet strike by the ex-Hearts wide-man, who perhaps deserved better.

The second half was much less eventful. Brechin worked hard and battled well to hold on to their advantage. The quality of their play was sacrificed and they struggled to keep the ball.

This gave East Fife the initiative and they finally got the goal their play warranted with 15 minutes left. Substitute Scott McBride – who looked lively after he came on – ran with the ball down the left and crossed for Gareth Wardlaw to sneak in at the back post with a diving header.

Brechin held on for the win and on a balance of play they probably deserved it. They had a much better team shape throughout the match and were marshalled well with Garry Brady – who kept things nice and simple in the centre of midfield – sitting in front of McLauchlan and Moyes in central defence.

East Fife played good football in patches and passed the ball well enough. However, they were not clinical enough in either penalty box to get anything from the match.

Assistant manager, Gordon Chisholm – in charge for the match this weekend while manager Gordon Durie recovers at home after collapsing after last week’s match at home to Queen of the South – acknowledged his side’s poor defending cost them the match.

He said: “You can’t play football and give two goals away like we did in the first half. They’ve caused us problems but we’ve caused ourselves problems: we’ve had two set-plays and they’ve broke on us twice and scored two goals. We gave ourselves a lot to do.”

Brechin: Andrews – Stewart, McLauchlan, Moyes, Brown – Stewart, Brady (Fusco ’63), Molloy, McKenna (Carcary ’87) – Jackson, Dalziel

East Fife: Brown – Cook, Campbell, Wedderburn, McCormack (McBride) – Doris, Smith, Muir, Sloan – McManus, Wardlaw

Referee: Paul Robertson

For more match photos from Brechin City’s win over East Fife check out our Official Flickr site

Written by Alan Rennie

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