A first-half brace from winger Scott McLean set Annan Athletic on their way to a comfortable 5-2 win over bottom of the table Brechin City at Galabank. The Black and Golds were far too strong for their struggling opponents as they claimed back-to-back league victories. Both sides finished the game with ten men.
Brechin City manager Mark Wilson's decision to hand striker Ross Crawford a rare start paid dividends within two minutes when he powered home a header from striker Matthew Knox's free-kick.
Their defensive fragility led to an equaliser within four minutes however; influential left winger Nathan Flanagan making the most of the space afforded to him to slot home from midfielder Kyle Wilkie.
McLean broke the offside trap to put the hosts in front but Crawford levelled soon afterwards with a simple tap-in. An end-to-end game saw Wilkie tripped in the box and McLean stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.
Full-back Chris McLaughlin was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language and substitute Jamie Walker made it 4-2 less than two minutes after his introduction at half-time.
McLean provided the assist for substitute Lewis McLear to complete the scoring but the game ended on a sour note for the hosts as full-back Matty Douglas was sent off for bringing down substitute Emile Ngoy.
Peter Murphy will be delighted with his side's dominant display and they are starting to show some form. They were comfortably the better team on the night.