Scottish Championship - Play-off Final - 1st Leg
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Brechin City 1-0 Alloa Athletic

Brechin celebrate
Elliot Ford (far right) made the difference for Brechin in the first leg

Elliot Ford's first Brechin City goal provided them with a narrow first-leg advantage over Alloa Athletic in the Championship play-off final.

The former Raith Rovers midfielder turned the ball in from 10 yards after set-up work by Finn Graham.

Brechin edged what was a fairly even encounter but they did have to block on the line from Kevin Cawley at the start of the second half.

City travel to Clackmannanshire for Saturday's second leg.

If they do complete victory, it would be the first time Brechin have been in the second tier of Scottish football since 2006.

Paul McLean and Kevin Cawley
Cawley (right) came closest to scoring for Alloa

Darren Dods' side only scraped into the play-offs on the last day of the regular League One season, but have since consigned Raith Rovers to relegation from the Championship.

Their winner against Jim Goodwin's Alloa came about thanks to some tricky play by the impressive Graham on the left flank, as he nutmegged a defender and cut the ball back for 20-year-old Ford to convert left-footed into the corner with the help of a slight deflection.

The hosts will feel they deserved that lead after Ross Caldwell was denied by an excellent one-handed save by Neil Parry in the first half.

The Wasps' best chance came when Calum Waters' cross was nearly finished by Cawley at the back post, but defender Willie Dyer was in the right place at the right time to put it behind for a corner.

Brechin were denied a second when Paul McLean's downward header bounced up and on to the crossbar, then Alloa's Stefan McCluskey watched his effort cleared in a crowded penalty box.

Post-match reaction

Brechin City manager Darren Dods: "Elliot Ford has come into the team in the last few weeks and he's done excellent. It was a great run into the box and Finn Graham did well too.

"A few of our players stay in Glasgow and Kilmarnock and won't be home until late tonight then up at 07:00 BST tomorrow, so they'll need good sleeps on Thursday and Friday to be ready for the weekend.

"Championship football would be a miracle."

Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin: "Brechin were the better team and played the conditions better than we did. They picked up more second balls and competed.

"We're a passing team and the pitch is not conducive to the way we want to play. We know we need to be better.

"To be honest, I'm delighted to go away with a 1-0 defeat with the way the game was going."

Line-ups

Brechin

  • 1Smith
  • 5Lynas
  • 4Fusco
  • 2McLean
  • 3Dyer
  • 11Watt
  • 8GrahamBooked at 69mins
  • 6Dale
  • 7Ford
  • 9Jackson
  • 10CaldwellSubstituted forLoveat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Trouten
  • 14Love
  • 15O'Neil
  • 16Hill
  • 17Dods
  • 18Costello
  • 21O'Neil

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4McKeown
  • 3Waters
  • 7CawleySubstituted forSpenceat 64'minutes
  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 8HetheringtonSubstituted forMcCluskeyat 64'minutes
  • 6Robertson
  • 11FlanniganSubstituted forMartinat 81'minutes
  • 9Mackin

Substitutes

  • 12Marr
  • 14Longworth
  • 15McCluskey
  • 16Hoggan
  • 17Martin
  • 18Spence
  • 21McDowall
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
702

Match Stats

Home TeamBrechinAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brechin City 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brechin City 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Elliot Ford.

Foul by Elliot Ford (Brechin City).

Adam Martin (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Ally Love replaces Ross Caldwell.

Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Dale (Brechin City).

Foul by Adam Martin (Alloa Athletic).

Aron Lynas (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul McLean.

Paul McLean (Brechin City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Brechin City. Conceded by Calum Waters.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Adam Martin replaces Iain Flannigan.

Foul by Ross Caldwell (Brechin City).

Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calum Waters (Alloa Athletic).

Andy Jackson (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stefan McCluskey (Alloa Athletic).

Liam Watt (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Calum Waters (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Watt (Brechin City).

Booking

Finn Graham (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Finn Graham (Brechin City).

Foul by Dylan Mackin (Alloa Athletic).

Willie Dyer (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Liam Watt (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Stefan McCluskey replaces Steven Hetherington.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greig Spence replaces Kevin Cawley.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1, Alloa Athletic 0. Elliot Ford (Brechin City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Finn Graham.

Attempt missed. Willie Dyer (Brechin City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Willie Dyer.

Attempt saved. Andy Jackson (Brechin City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ross Caldwell (Brechin City).

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brechin City 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brechin City 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

Foul by Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic).

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