Match Report - By John Hoey
Brechin City's pre-season build-up continued with a comfortable and emphatic 4-0 win over Buckie Thistle at Victoria Park.
Neil Janczyk, Graham Weir, Paul McManus and trialist Brian Fairbairn were all on the mark for Jim Weir's men who dominated the ninety minutes.
The first chance fell for Buckie in the 4th minute when Paul Napier broke free on the right and delivered a good cross into the box for Craig MacMillan, whose volley went well over the bar.
However, City responded with a good goal three minutes later.
Garry Brady played a pass wide on the right to Gary Fusco whose cross into the box was dummied by Weir, allowing Janczyk a shot at goal, and although Janny's shot was inititially blocked, the rebound fell kindly for him and he wasted no time in firing home a low, right-foot drive.
City were dominating the early play and they went two goals up four minutes later.
The Thistle defence trying to clear their lines, sent the ball only as far as Weir at the edge of the box and he drove home the ball beyond keeper Kevin Main to double City's lead.
Buckie tried to hit back and Shawn Scott sent a header just over the bar in the 19th minute.
City, though, were well on top and they went three goals up in the 33rd minute.
Weir chased a long ball to the left bye-line and cut it back across the penalty area for McManus who fired home from only a couple of yards out.
City had another goal-scoring opportunity five minutes later when Weir again, chased and won a long pass out to the left and crossed into the box for Fusco whose first-time volley was blocked by the home defence.
City started the second-half with Craig Nelson, Charlie King and Fairbairn replacing David Scott, Weir and Brady respectively but it was the hosts who threatened first when MacMillan headed a Darren Wooid cross just past in the 55th minute.
City hit right back and Main had to look sharp to keep out a King header from a Fairbairn cross a couple of minutes later.
In the 63rd minute, a great move from City ended when King set up Fusco, but the midfielder's fierce right-foot drive was well wide of the target.
However, the fourth goal was only delayed, and it came a couple of minutes later when Fairbairn linked up well with King to fire a good drive past Main.
City were powering forward at every opportunity and a Craig Molloy right-foot drive from 20 yards in the 70th minute just skimmed the crossbar.
City had a let-off in the 77th minute when Buckie sub Robbie Brown was clean through on goal, but Nelson stuck out a leg to prevent what looked to be a certain goal.
City, though were well in control and Fairbairn came close to scoring his second goal and Brechin's fifth in the 82nd minute when his right-foot angular drive from just within the box went past the post.