Brechin 20161217 007Scorers: Love (15), McLennan (38)

STRANRAER were undone by two first half goals, as Brechin City picked up their 1st win in 5 games.

And to compound the Blues' frustration, captain Steven Bell was dismissed late on for a second booking.

The travelling support could be forgiven for wishing that the pitch hadn't passed its 10.30am inspection, as Stranraer struggled on an abysmal playing surface at Glebe Park.
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Luke Watt had a low drive saved early on, before Bell's goalbound header was well cleared.

Where Stranraer huffed and puffed with no end product, Brechin were direct and clinical.

Ally Love's swerving strike found its way into the back of the net to put the hosts in front, despite Cameron Belford getting his hand to it.

Brechin keeper Graeme Smith would have to be subbed off due to injury, replaced by Paddy O'Neil, but his side didn't miss a beat.
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They soon doubled their advantage. On-loan Aberdeen forward Connor McLennan used his pace to beat the Blues defensive line and rifled a low shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Alan Trouten had a great chance to create a third when he burst into space down the wing, but his final ball for Ally Love was lacking.

Brechin 20161217 005Cat-like reflexes from Belford kept the scoreline down to 2 thereafter, but Stranraer's miserable day was complete as Bell was sent off for a second bookable defence in the 69th minute.

Brechin: Smith (O'Neil 37), McCormack (Lynas 36), Hill, Smith, McLean, Dyer, Fusco, Graham, Love (Buchanan 73), Trouten, McLennan. Not used: Caldwell, Dods.
Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Watt, Bell, Morena (McKeown 72), Turner, C.Thomson (Malcolm 53), Gibson, Agnew, Nuttall (McGuigan 54). Not used: Currie, R.Thomson.

Referee: Kevin Graham
Attendance: 402
HT: 1-0

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 27 58
2 Ayr United 26 54
3 Arbroath 25 42
4 Alloa Athletic 25 39
6 East Fife 27 33
7 Airdrieonians 26 32
8 Forfar Athletic 27
9 Albion Rovers 25 23
10 Queen's Park 27 22

Updated 247/2/18 at 5pm


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