Early opener helps Fifers ease to victory


AN IMPRESSIVE performance at Glebe Park onSaturday propelled the Fifers back up to fourth place in the league.

Two goals in the opening quarter could have been doubled in the first period and, although Brechin did get back into the game in the second half, the Fifers could have added to their tally.

Mark Ridgers and Matthew Park were back in the side, with Michael Brown and Robert Sloan out.

As they say, the game started with a bang - East Fife had the ball in the net inside a minute.

Park picked up the ball just inside the Brechin half and fed Bobby Linn, who dribbled past McClune and then went past another couple of defenders, inside the penalty box, but seemed to have overdone it.

However, he found space and slotted home low past the stranded Nelson.

Wallace really should have made it two after a Linn pass left him in the clear but, with only the keeper to beat, he managed to miss the target, hitting the top of the crossbar.

The Fifers went two up midway through the half when Ogleby picked up the ball just over the halfway line, turned Dunlop and made for goal.

He got pushed wide but hit a terrific drive across the keeper, which went low in at the far post.

Ogleby twice went close to increasing the lead and then David White shaved the bar from a corner.

Ogleby was back at it at the start of the second half when Nelson saved his shot with his legs, and then the big striker was not far away with a delicate lob.

Brechin did have a bit more of the play and might have sneaked a goal following a corner, but Lister’s effort was cleared by Steve Campbell.

A Linn free kick tested the home keeper and a sustained period of pressure looked promising, but Wallace was crowded out before he could pull the trigger.

Despite City having more possession than in the first period, it was East Fife who posed more danger.

Ogleby fed Park, whose shot was not too far away, and then a Smith free kick was well delivered but there were no takers.

As near as Brechin came to scoring came when Crawford’s inviting cross was deflected off Campbell and hit the bar. The resultant corner was scrambled away.

Brechin City ‑ Nelson, McLean, McClune (Crawford 29), Buist, Dunlop, Brady, McKenna (Carcary 79), Molloy, Lister, King, Fusco (Smith 29). Subs ‑ McManus, Scott.

East Fife ‑ Ridgers, Durie, Cook (Ovenstone 83), White, Campbell, Muir, Linn, Smith, Ogleby (Hislop 87), Wallace, Park. Subs ‑ R. Brown, Blaikie, M. Brown.

Referee ‑ C. Charleston.

Attendance ‑ 503.

Starcheck ratings - Park 3 points, Ogleby 2, White 1. Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 24, Bobby Linn 17, Mark Ridgers 15, Craig Johnstone 11, Rob Ogleby 11, Michael Brown 9, Scott Durie 9, Matthew Park 8, John Ovenstone 7, Darren Smith 7, David White 4, Steve Campbell 3, David Muir 3, Chris Innes 2, Steve Hislop 1, Lloyd Young 1.