Arbroath 1 - 1 Brechin City

Saturday 3rd December 2011
J Falkingham (63)P McManus (90)

McManus the hero

Paul McManus stepped off the bench to secure a 1-1 draw with for Brechin against Arbroath.

The striker's last-gasp goal prevented City from dropping into the bottom two.

The match started as expected with the in-form hosts inches away from taking the lead when Stuart Malcolm's header struck the bar.

Brechin, looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat in September, were valiant in defence and continued to frustrate the home side after the break.

Arbroath finally took the lead just after the hour, when Steven Doris headed into the path of Josh Falkingham, who lashed home past Craig Nelson.

The Smokies looked to be heading for a victory that would take them top of the Second Division, but with time almost up, Derek Carcary's deep cross from the left was turned in by McManus to steal a point for Brechin.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance1,104
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Brechin City
0:12
Foul on Brian Kerr
0:19
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
3:30
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot
3:49
Save made by Craig Nelson
4:06
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
4:35
Clearance by Brian Kerr
5:31
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
5:56
Clearance by Brian Kerr
6:38
Shot taken by James Lister from the right penalty area
8:10
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
8:22
Foul on Craig Molloy
8:28
Free Kick taken by Charlie King
8:53
Shot taken by Charlie King with his right foot
9:02
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
9:20
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
12:19
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
12:50
Clearance by James Lister
13:25
Shot taken by Charlie King using his left foot from the right penalty area
13:47
Save made by Darren Hill
14:58
Offside flag raised against Liam Caddis
15:01
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
18:39
Shot taken by James Lister with his right foot
18:54
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
19:37
Foul on Craig Molloy
19:45
Free Kick taken by Scott Smith
20:19
Shot taken by Scott Smith using his left foot
24:52
Foul on Brian Kerr
24:56
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
25:15
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm from the right penalty area
27:47
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline going out of play
28:27
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
29:15
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
30:23
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
34:07
Foul on Mark Baxter
34:12
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
34:30
Cross from Gavin Swankie
34:41
Clearance by Michael Dunlop
35:06
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
36:10
Shot taken by Craig Molloy with his right foot
36:23
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
36:48
Foul on Liam Caddis
36:55
Free Kick taken by Mark Baxter
38:07
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
38:35
Clearance by Paul McLean
38:41
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
39:21
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot
39:36
Save made by Craig Nelson
40:45
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
41:30
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
44:46
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
Half Time
Arbroath 0 - 0 Brechin City
Second Half Started
Arbroath 0 - 0 Brechin City
45:56
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
47:12
Cross from Liam Caddis
47:18
Save made by Craig Nelson
47:55
Foul on Steven Doris
48:00
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
48:46
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot
54:37
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
57:20
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
57:44
Clearance by James Lister
59:03
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
62:19
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
62:45
Shot taken by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot from the right penalty area
62:45
Arbroath 1 - 0 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
65:54
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
67:32
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
67:40
Clearance by Garry Brady
67:50
Substitution for Brechin City: Paul McManus on for James Lister
67:52
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
73:45
Substitution for Brechin City: Derek Carcary on for David Crawford
74:37
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
74:46
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
75:31
Shot taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot
78:31
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
79:20
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
79:38
Substitution for Brechin City: David McKenna on for Charlie King
80:33
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
81:01
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
82:47
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
83:02
Substitution for Arbroath: Paul Sheerin on for Joshua Falkingham
84:04
Foul on Steven Doris
84:18
BOOKING: Scot Buist of Brechin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
84:29
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
85:02
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
86:36
Shot taken by Paul McManus from the right penalty area
86:58
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
89:16
Shot taken by Paul McManus with his right foot from the right penalty area
89:16
Arbroath 1 - 1 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Paul McManus with his right foot from the right penalty area going centre low of the goal.
Full Time
Arbroath 1 - 1 Brechin City

Arbroath

vs

Brechin City

1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
8
Shots
8
3
On Target
4
5
Off Target
4
3
Crosses
0
5
Corners
5
23
Throw Ins
33
1
Saves
3
5
Clearances
5
9
Goal Kicks
8
7
Free Kicks
3
1
Offside
0
0
Yellow Cards
1

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Stuart Malcolm
03.Craig Wedderburn
04.Liam Caddis
05.Mark Baxter
06.Mark Baxter
07.Kieran McAnespie
08.Joshua Falkingham 84+0' Tactical
09.Keith Gibson
10.Gavin Swankie
11.Brian Kerr

Substitutes

12.Steven Doris
13.Michael White
14.Beau Busch
15.Lee Sibanda
16.Paul Sheerin 84+0' Tactical
17.Lee Bryce

Brechin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Craig Nelson
02.Paul McLean
03.Scott Smith
04.Scot Buist (85+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Michael Dunlop
06.Garry Brady
07.Craig Molloy
08.Bryan Hodge
09.David Crawford 74+0' Tactical
10.James Lister 68+0' Tactical
11.Charlie King 80+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.David Scott
13.David McClune
14.Paul McManus 68+0' Tactical
15.Derek Carcary 74+0' Tactical
16.David McKenna 80+0' Tactical

Last 5 Meetings

Weir braced for Arbroath return

Brechin boss Jim Weir returns to Arbroath for the first time since leaving the club last summer and is expecting a hot welcome when he makes the short trip to Gayfield.

City welcome back midfielder Bryan Hodge (toe) for the derby encounter, with only centre-back Gerry MacLachlan missing through injury.

Weir said: "I am sure a few fans will pass comment however I am only concentrating on Brechin City doing well. We looked good in training but need to find a consistent level when it comes to games.

"Arbroath have a great home record but if we start the game well and keep things tight this may well be the game when our strikers start converting their chances."

Arbroath player/manager Paul Sheerin looks likely to only be on the bench against their local rivals.

The 37-year-old is still easing himself back into action after knee surgery in October and is not ready to start against the Glebe Park men.

Loan signing Liam Caddis, from St Johnstone, and striker Jordan Elfverson are both doubts due to ankle knocks.

Sheerin is looking for his side to tighten things up at the back, and said: "The goals we lost at Airdrie last weekend were poor ones and, while we are a very good side going forward, we need to defend better, especially in a game that has extra spice due to the local rivalry between the clubs and our unbeaten home record."

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As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 15 17 31
2 Arbroath 15 13 31
3 Stenhousemuir 15 9 27
4 Up Dumbarton 15 -2 19
5 Down East Fife 15 -8 19
6 Albion Rovers 15 -5 18
7 Airdrieonians 15 -3 17
8 Brechin City 15 -6 15
9 Forfar Athletic 14 -5 14
10 Stirling Albion 14 -10 12

Updated 3/12/2011 at 17:07

 

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