As expected, the only change to last week's starting 11 was David Hopkirk replacing the injured Joe Cardle. Brechin lined up with ex-Pars Finn Graham starting in midfield and Euan Spark on the subs bench.
2' An incredible start for Brechin with 3 attempts at goal in the same passage of play but somehow none resulting in a goal, thanks to 2 saves from Sean Murdoch and another effort just missing
19' Brechin keeper Graeme Smith made a double save from Callum Morris, Declan McManus and Nicky Clark
25' Clark's header is cleared off the line
28' Kallum Higginbotham's corner kick reached Lee Ashcroft whose low and hard drive found its way into the net. Brechin 0, Pars 1
39' Kalvin Orsi bustled through the middle of the Pars defence but his final shot lacked conviction, with Murdoch diving low to save
55' Ryan Williamson's run and cross is met by McManus who headed home the second goal. Brechin 0, Pars 2
70' Another run and cross from Williamson led to the ball being touched away from keeper Smith by his own centre half, into the path of Clark who scored with ease. Brechin 0, Pars 3
82' Clark's shot from 20 yards hit the bar
After the early scare described above, today's win was achieved relatively comfortably, with Brechin having just one other clear chance to score before the game was out of their reach. The key to the Dunfermline win was the right side partnership of Ryan Williamson and Kallum Higginbotham. Higgy's passing was, at times, on a different level, while Ryan was my man of the match with 2 assists, in what was a tremendous performance from him. He is playing with great confidence and is a huge asset to the team.
Sean Murdoch made crucial saves when the scoreline was at 0-0 and 1-0 and deserves credit for a well-earned clean sheet. Jason Talbot had another impressive game, getting forward to support the attack in addition to being rock solid in defence. Big Nat was in commanding form in midfield, and while the starting front pair of McManus and Clark both scored and played well, the sub appearances of Andy Ryan and Callum Smith showed that there is great competition for places in the attack.
Brechin made life difficult for the team and will consider themselves unlucky not to have scored from the early flurry of chances that fell to them. In many ways, this was a harder games than last week's win over St Mirren, and although heavy favourites going into the game, the win was achieved with a professional display worthy of league leaders.
Tomorrow: match photo gallery & vlog will be posted
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