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Arbroath 2 Brechin City 3

Match Report - By John Hoey


Brechin City gave their play-off hopes a massive boost with a stunning 3-2 victory over Angus neighbours Arbroath at Gayfield with goals from Rory McKenzie and top scorer Paul McManus who scored a double.

The result means that City now sit just two points off a top-four place and with five games remaining there is everything to play for as the season draws towards its close.

Manager Jim Weir kept faith with the side which started last week’s game against East Fife and there was a place on the bench for club captain Charlie King who had been rated as extremely doubtful prior to the game.

City started the game in a positive fashion and grabbed the lead after just six minutes.

The ball was played wide to McKenzie wide on the right and he pushed forward a couple of paces before sending over a cross/cum shot into the box which completely eluded Darren Hill in the Arbroath goal with the ball ending up in the top corner of the net.

City kept up the momentum and to their supporters’ delight they doubled their lead fourteen minutes later.

McManus chased a long ball into the Arbroath penalty-box and won a tussle with Hill to gain contact of the ball and managed to steer it into the net.

Arbroath were stunned with the opening Brechin had made and they hit back to narrow the deficit from the penalty-spot just seven minutes later.

Lichties striker Colin Samuel collected the ball at the edge of the City box and appeared to be impeded by defender Scot Buist as he tried to turn and referee David Somers immediately awarded a penalty to the home side which was expertly dispatched by Steven Doris with Craig Nelson having no chance.

Both sides kept up the pace as they attempted to grab further goals but the half finished with City deservedly in front.

Arbroath had the first chance of the second-half when Gavin Swankie sent a 30 yard drive just past the post in the 55th minute and at the other end a minute later, Hill parried a fierce McManus drive.

However, it was the Lichties who got on the score-sheet in the 58th minute with a further goal from Doris, again from the penalty-spot after Buist had appeared to handle the ball in the box.

The remainder of the half saw both side pushing forward in an attempt to get the decisive winning goal and it was City who made the vital breakthrough in the 65th minute.

McManus powered forward into the Arbroath box and although he appeared to be impeded by an Arbroath defender, he kept going to fire home a close-range shot into the roof of the net.

Once again, the play swung from end to end as City tried to increase their lead with Arbroath trying to salvage a point but their hopes were dealt a body-blow five minutes from the end when Keith Gibson was dismissed for a bad tackle on Craig Molloy.

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31 March 2012
Gayfield Park
Attendance: 917
Steven Doris 21 (Pen)
Steven Doris 58 (Pen)
Rory McKenzie 6
Paul McManus 14
Paul McManus 65

Brechin City

1 Craig Nelson
2 Paul McLean
3 Mick Dunlop
4 Scot Buist
5 Ewan Moyes
6 Garry Brady
7 David McKenna
8 Craig Molloy
9 Paul McManus
10 Rory McKenzie
11 Bryan Hodge
12 Charlie King
14 Gary Fusco
15 David Crawford
16 Jim Lister
17 David Scott


  • On: Charlie King
    Off: Rory McKenzie ( 74 )
  • On: Gary Fusco
    Off: David McKenna ( 82 )
  • On: Jim Lister
    Off: Paul McManus ( 87 )


1 Darren Hill
2 Beau Busch
3 Mark Baxter
4 Brian Kerr
5 Stuart Malcolm
6 Craig Wedderburn
7 Josh Falkingham
8 Collin Samuel
9 Steven Doris
10 Gavin Swankie
11 Paul Sheerin
12 Lee Sibanda
14 Keith Gibson
15 Liam Caddis
16 Kevein Brown
17 Michael White


  • On: Keith Gibson
    Off: Brian Kerr ( 58 )
  • On: Liam Caddis
    Off: Collin Samuel ( 77 )
  • On: Lee Sibanda
    Off: Paul Sheerin ( 80 )