4 goal haul sees Pars take one step closer to the promotion play-offs
James Vincent replaced the injured Tom Beadling in the starting eleven. Callum Morris was due to start but pulled out late due to injury. Jean Yves M’Voto took his place in the starting eleven.
A comfortable afternoon’s work with good work rate throughout and 4 well taken goals on top. We started off the game on the front foot, taking the lead after 2 minutes through Lee Ashcroft’s well taken volley from Fraser Aird’s pinpoint corner kick. We dominated play from then on, with Fraser Aird pretty much replicating his goal against Livingston from earlier this season with a lovely curling finish into the far right corner to make it 2-0. Brechin have fought hard throughout the season but today it seemed like they had given up after the second goal, and with games against the better sides in the division still to come, it seems unlikely that they’ll ever get that elusive win.
The substitutions were utilised earlier in the second half than usual, with Andy Ryan replacing Declan McManus who had another torrid time in front of goal despite his good work ethic. Ryan made the impact that Allan Johnston would’ve hoped for. He was involved in a penalty claim that looked to be wrongly waved away by referee John McKendrick, but he would get his goal just minutes later with a fine headed finish past Brechin keeper Graeme Smith. We saw the 90 minutes out with a penalty kick from Kallum Higginbotham, who has been a rejuvenated figure since the Inverness game last month. The Pars second substitute Daniel Armstrong came on and did well on the by-line to win a penalty, which Higginbotham calmly slotted home for the final goal of the afternoon.
A good afternoon at East End Park and a result that sees us go 5 points ahead of 5th placed Morton, but with Inverness picking up a 5-1 win over Dumbarton in the highlands, next week’s game is still a crucial one to finally cement our place in the play-offs. We can then look forward to what comes next, which will hopefully be a heated promotion battle.