Brechin City Football Club

Glebe Park, Brechin, Angus DD9 6BJ

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Brechin City 0 Annan Athletic 3

Match Report - By Brechin City FC

Following an encouraging backdrop of 2 successive clean sheets and a victory against Cowdenbeath only 48 hours prior, Brechin City’s faint hopes of avoiding the ‘Club 42’ tag came to a shuddering halt at The Glebe against Annan Athletic.

In a game which had already become broadly meaningless for the visitors – although anything but, for the hosts – Annan replicated the comfortable 3-0 score line they had enjoyed at Galabank less than 2 weeks before.

City started with a teamsheet identical to that of the visit to Fife but were forced into 2 first half changes when Player-Manager Michael Paton and experienced defender Gerry McLauchlan both had to leave the field through injury.

Annan Athletic had taken the lead between the 2 forced substitutions when, in a bizarre and unwelcome replica of the opening goal at Galabank, a rebound from the crossbar fell kindly, this time for striker Iain Anderson, to gleefully tap home unchallenged.

In an attempt to change the flow of the game, City made 2 more substitutions at half-time – this time swapping strikers Rory Currie and Connor Coupe for loanees Sean Slaven and Adam Devine.

Shooting downhill in the second half, City’s online following would doubtless have been hoping to see some of the thunderous fighting spirit seen in second half come-backs over the years – but a second goal after 71 minutes from Annan’s Darren Christie following a flowing breakaway move put paid to that.

Little of note would happen beyond this, with the visitors looking altogether more likely to add to their tally than the home side would be in making inroads into turning the game around. The third goal duly arrived in the final stages through substitute Nathan Flanagan, despite the despairing efforts of Gregor Jordan on the line to keep his effort at bay.

With news having broken earlier in the day that both the SPFL and SFA were insistent that the Pyramid Play-Offs would indeed take place, City must now prepare for their two final SPFL League 2 matches in the knowledge that the most fundamental and crucial challenge lies in wait slightly further down the line in the form of Brora Rangers or Kelty Hearts.

Result

29 April 2021
Glebe Park
Attendance: 0
Iain Anderson 29
Darren Christie 71
Nathan Flanagan 81

Brechin City

1 David Hutton
2 Sean McIntosh
4 Gerry McLauchlan
14 Yusuf Hussain
21 Harris O'Connor
11 Abdul Osman
20 Michael Paton
18 Chris McKee
10 Bobby Barr
7 Connor Coupe
9 Rory Currie
     
6 Luc Bollan
8 Kieran Inglis
12 Scott Reekie
15 Gregor Jordan
17 Chris Paton
19 Patrick O'Neil
22 Ewan McLevy
23 Sean Slaven
24 Adam Devine

Substitutions:

  • On: Kieran Inglis
    Off: Michael Paton ( 19 )
     
  • On: Gregor Jordan
    Off: Gerry McLauchlan ( 41 )
     
  • On: Adam Devine
    Off: Connor Coupe ( 46 )
     
  • On: Sean Slaven
    Off: Rory Currie ( 46 )
     
  • On: Scott Reekie
    Off: Chris McKee ( 76 )
     

Annan Athletic

1 Ross Munro
2 Tyler Fulton
3 Ross Love
4 Mark Docherty
5 Lewis Hunter
6 Steven Swinglehurst
7 Dean Watson
8 Ryan Sinnamon
9 Iain Anderson
10 Kyle Fleming
11 Darren Christie
     
12 Alex Mitchell
14 Tony Wallace
15 Nathan Flanagan
16 Aidan Smith
17 Harry Emmerson
18 Russell Currie
19 Alexander McCaw
20 Peter Murphy

Substitutions:

  • On: Nathan Flanagan
    Off: Tyler Fulton ( 51 )
     
  • On: Alexander McCaw
    Off: Ryan Sinnamon ( 76 )
     
  • On: Peter Murphy
    Off: Darren Christie ( 76 )
     
  • On: Aidan Smith
    Off: Iain Anderson ( 76 )