Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Brechin City

Monday 26th December 2011
P McManus (38)

McManus wins it for Brechin

Brechin moved level on points with Albion in the Second Division after Paul McManus' first-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory at Cliftonhill.

The Hedgemen dominated their hosts in the first half, David McManus twice going close with long-range drives on each foot.

But Paul McManus, who had blasted over the crossbar in the 21st minute, put the visitors ahead seven minutes before the break. Craig Molloy stormed down the left wing to pick out McManus, who powered the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards.

Scott Chaplain went close to equalising with 65 minutes played, his ripping volley from distance caught by Craig Nelson.

James Lister then threatened to extend the Brechin's lead with a pinpoint shot from 12 yards but could not outsmart Derek Gaston.

And as full-time approached, Todd Lumsden had an excellent chance to snatch a point but volleyed agonisingly over the crossbar when well-placed to score.

OfficialMike Tumilty
Attendance414
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Brechin City
1:00
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
2:04
Foul on James Gilmartin
2:31
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
3:50
Corner taken by Garry Brady with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
4:24
Save made by Derek Gaston
4:48
Foul on Scot Buist
4:53
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
5:08
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
5:59
Foul on James Gilmartin
6:06
Free Kick taken by Anthony Stevenson
6:22
BOOKING: Michael Dunlop of Brechin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
6:57
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
9:48
Cross from Paul McLean
9:56
Clearance by Robert Love
11:24
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
15:42
Shot taken by David McKenna with his right foot
16:07
Corner taken by Garry Brady with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
16:25
Save made by Derek Gaston
16:55
Shot taken by David McKenna using his left foot
17:21
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
20:22
Cross from Paul McManus
20:26
Clearance by Micheal O'Byrne
21:38
Shot taken by Paul McManus with his right foot
22:00
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
22:14
Foul on Scott Smith
22:19
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
25:55
Cross from Alan Reid
26:01
Clearance by Michael Dunlop
26:44
Offside flag raised against James Lister
26:46
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
27:48
Foul on Steven Lawless
27:52
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly from the left wing
28:40
Cross from Ciaran Donnelly
28:45
Clearance by Michael Dunlop
29:01
Cross from Robert Love
29:11
Block taken by Garry Brady
29:15
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
29:28
Clearance by Scot Buist
30:04
Foul on David McKenna
30:12
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady from the left wing
30:53
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
32:32
Foul on James Gilmartin
32:50
Free Kick taken by Anthony Stevenson from the right wing
33:38
Foul on Michael Dunlop
33:48
Free Kick taken by Scott Smith
35:54
Foul on Paul McLean
36:01
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
37:57
Shot taken by Paul McManus with his right foot from the centre penalty area
37:57
Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Paul McManus with his right foot from the centre penalty area going centre low of the goal.
39:54
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
44:06
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
45:00+0:02
Foul on Micheal O'Byrne
45:00+0:11
Free Kick taken by Micheal O'Byrne
45:00+1:42
Foul on Craig Molloy
45:00+1:45
Free Kick taken by Bryan Hodge
45:00+2:15
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot
45:00+2:27
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
Half Time
Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Brechin City
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Brechin City
48:38
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
49:42
Corner taken by Garry Brady with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
50:38
Cross from Steven Lawless
50:42
Clearance by Scot Buist
52:29
Foul on James Lister
52:36
Free Kick taken by Scott Smith
52:57
BOOKING: Todd Lumsden of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
53:29
Cross from Scott Smith
53:31
Save made by Derek Gaston
53:46
Foul on Alan Reid
53:51
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the right wing
54:10
Cross from Alan Reid
54:12
Clearance by Bryan Hodge
54:24
Foul on Garry Brady
54:30
Free Kick taken by Scott Smith
55:52
Foul on James Gilmartin
56:00
Free Kick taken by Anthony Stevenson from the left wing
56:25
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left wing
56:33
Clearance by David McKenna
58:28
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
59:02
Shot taken by Paul McLean from the right six yard line
59:14
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
60:03
Foul on Craig Molloy
60:14
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
60:23
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Thomas Reilly on for James Gilmartin
61:29
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot
61:45
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
64:02
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot
64:16
Save made by Craig Nelson
64:41
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
65:24
Foul on Craig Molloy
65:37
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
68:05
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot
68:15
Save made by Craig Nelson
68:19
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline going out of play
68:56
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
69:07
Foul on Thomas Reilly
69:12
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly from the left wing
70:17
Offside flag raised against Paul McManus
70:19
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
70:49
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
72:35
Clearance by Garry Brady
72:53
Shot taken by James Lister with his right foot from the centre penalty area
73:06
Save made by Derek Gaston
73:32
Cross from Scott Chaplain
73:50
Shot taken by Alan Reid with his right foot
74:04
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Andrew Scott on for Robert Love
74:56
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
77:13
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
78:59
Foul on Craig Molloy
79:08
Free Kick taken by Paul McLean
79:31
Cross from David McKenna
79:55
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
82:19
Substitution for Brechin City: Graham Weir on for Paul McManus
83:47
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
84:39
Cross from Alan Reid
84:41
Clearance by Scot Buist
84:48
Shot taken by Andrew Scott using his left foot
85:20
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
87:09
Shot taken by James Lister with his right foot from the left penalty area
87:27
Block taken by Alan Reid
87:32
Corner taken by Scott Smith using his left foot from the left byline short of the target
88:01
Shot taken by James Lister with his right foot from the right penalty area
88:12
Save made by Derek Gaston
88:30
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
88:58
Save made by Craig Nelson
89:05
Shot taken by Todd Lumsden with his right foot from the centre penalty area
89:24
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
90:00+1:45
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
90:00+3:47
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
Full Time
Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Brechin City

Albion Rovers

vs

Brechin City

0
Goals
1
0
Assists
1
7
Shots
9
3
On Target
4
4
Off Target
5
7
Crosses
4
3
Corners
5
55
Throw Ins
32
5
Saves
3
2
Clearances
8
11
Goal Kicks
13
1
Blocks
1
10
Free Kicks
11
0
Offside
2
1
Yellow Cards
1

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-2-3-1

01.Derek Gaston
04.Anthony Stevenson
06.Micheal O'Byrne
06.Todd Lumsden (53+0: Unsporting behaviour)
16.Simon Marriott
06.James Gilmartin 61+0' Tactical
07.Alan Reid
08.Ciaran Donnelly
09.Scott Chaplain
10.Steven Lawless
11.Robert Love 75+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Christopher Fahey
13.Christopher Fahey
14.Christopher Boyle
15.Ryan McStay
16.Thomas Reilly 61+0' Tactical
17.Andrew Scott 75+0' Tactical

Brechin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Craig Nelson
02.Paul McLean
03.Scot Buist
04.Michael Dunlop (7+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Scott Smith
06.Craig Molloy
07.Garry Brady
08.Bryan Hodge
09.David McKenna
10.Paul McManus 83+0' Tactical
11.James Lister

Substitutes

12.David Scott
13.David McClune
14.Derek Carcary
15.David Crawford
16.Graham Weir 83+0' Tactical

Gemmell blow for Albion

Albion will be without influential striker John Gemmell due to work commitments as they host Brechin.

Rovers are just three points ahead of City in the table and they will also have to cope with the absence of left-back Barry Russell, who has a hamstring injury.

On-loan St Mirren striker Thomas Reilly is included after a deal to extend his time at Coatbridge was agreed.

Rovers boss Paul Martin said: "Losing John is a big blow as he has been in great form recently but we have several players who have been really keen to show me what they can do and one of them will get the opportunity to do that.

"We beat Brechin 4-1 last month but the game was much closer than that so we will need to be at our best again."

Brechin are sweating on the fitness of Charlie King.

The City skipper has a hamstring injury and is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash.

Defender Gary Fusco misses out through work commitments and centre back Gerry McLachlan is still not ready to return after knee surgery, however manager Jim Weir has a happy problem to solve up front.

Weir said: "Paul McManus and David McKenna did really well against Airdrie last week when they came on and scored to help us with the game so I have a nice dilemma over who I start with in this one.

"We performed well last week and a win in this game gives us a great platform for 2011."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 17 19 35
2 Arbroath 17 13 33
3 Stenhousemuir 17 7 28
4 Up Airdrieonians 18 -3 21
5 Down Albion Rovers 17 -4 21
6 Up Brechin City 17 -4 21
7 Down Dumbarton 16 -4 19
8 Down East Fife 15 -8 19
9 Forfar Athletic 15 -6 14
10 Stirling Albion 15 -10 13

Updated 26/12/2011 at 16:53

 
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