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Peterhead 2 Brechin City 1

Sun 28 Jul 2013

Jordon Brown celebrates his goal Jordon Brown celebrates his goal

Summer signing Jordon Brown made it three goals in two games as he helped Peterhead get the new season off to a fine start, netting the winner as the Blue Toon saw off SPFL League One side Brechin City in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

David Cox had put Jim McInally's men ahead early on, but Ryan Strachan's own goal just before the interval levelled the scores. Both sides had chances but it was Brown who had the final say.

In a match unusual for both goalkeepers sharing the same name, the Blue Toon were unchanged following the midweek friendly win over Aberdeen, with Brown pushing from midfield to support Rory McAllister, and David Cox and Ryan McCann doing likewise from the flanks.

Within just two minutes, both sides had shown they were keen to impress upon the game in the opening stages.

Ryan McCann chases the ball

Ryan Strachan's clipped free-kick found McAllister in the area, and the striker saw Brechin's Graeme Smith save his shot at the near post.

The visitors broke quickly, Alan Trouten spreading play wide to Bobby Barr. His cross was met by the onrushing Trouten, but Peterhead's own Graeme Smith reacted quickly to turn the effort over the bar.

The Blue Toon took an early lead. McAllister, facing his former club, crossed from the right and when Smith inexplicably fumbled, Cox reacted first to turn the ball into the net.

The sides were fairly evenly matched, and Brechin came close to levelling when Allan Walker opted to strike from 25 yards after Jamie Redman had lost the ball in midfield, but the former Livingston midfielder sent his effort wide of the upright.

Shortly before the interval, Peterhead's Smith was forced to react quickly to smother the ball after he spilled a Steven Jackson free-kick, but was able to avert the danger.

Smith was, though, beaten in injury time, from an unexpected source. Trouten and Barr again combined, the latter crossing from Andy Jackson at the near post. Jackson found himself under the cross, but Strachan unfortunately sent the cross beyond his own goalkeeper.

Peterhead attempted to hit back moments after the break. Steven Noble embarked on a run down the left, and slipped a pass inside to McAllister who was unlucky to curl his shot narrowly wide.

The home side were dealt a blow when Scott Ross was forced off through injury just a couple of minutes later, with Steven Noble moving into the heart of defence and Conner McGlinchey taking over at left-back.

It didn't deter Peterhead though, and after 53 minutes, Jamie Redman was unfortunate to see his flick hit the post after Cox had sent a free-kick in from the left.

Brechin are among the favourites to secure a playoff spot behind Rangers in League One, and they continued to show their potency.

Just after the hour, Derek Carcary found the side-netting after being played in by Trouten, and seconds later a quick break saw Carcary cross for Andy Jackson, only for the former St Johnstone man to fail to make contact with the cross.

But it was Peterhead who went back in front after 73 minutes. Graeme Sharp and Dean Cowie combined to slide in Brown. The midfielder looked offside, but side-footed the ball beyond Smith to put his side 2-1 up.

City had one more chance to level as Steven Jackson's free-kick brought about a save from Smith, but it was the home side who held on to book their place in Wednesday's draw.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross (Conner McGlinchey, 49), Dean Cowie, David Cox (Trialist – Kevin Buchan, 81), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Jordon Brown, Ryan McCann (Andy Rodgers, 60). Subs not used: Trialist (Dean Richardson), Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cowie, Rodgers.

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith, Steven Jackson, Paul Maclean, Graham Hay (jonny Brown, 86), Gerry McLauchlan, Allan Walker, Alan Trouten, Stuart Anderson, Andy Jackson, Bobby Barr, Derek Carcary. Subs not used: Ewan Moyes, Greg Cameron, Craig Molloy, Craig Nelson (gk).

Booked: McLean, Hay, McLauchlan.

Referee: Des Roache

Attendance: 546