An emphatic win against a poor Brechin side. It was all over in nine minutes after Paul Ritchie scored back-to-back goals and in the end the winning margin could have been much greater. Ritchie’s first goal was set up by a David Bingham defence-splitting pass into the box and the striker netted from a seemingly impossible angle. Roy McBain’s 12 yard shot a minute later came off the post and Ritchie netted the rebound. Bobby Mann set up the third goal in 23 minutes with an accurate lob to Bingham in free space – from just inside the box Bingham struck for goal and, although ‘keeper David Hay managed a touch, it trickled over the line. Brechin created little but they did managed to pull one back in 51 minutes when Charlie King mishit 15 yards out and the ball deflected past Mark Brown. New boy Darren Mackie made an impressive debut and should have scored in 53 minutes when he closed in on ‘keeper Hay but hit low and past. Seconds later McBain intercepted a poor clearance, ran into the box and scored with a low ball from the penalty spot. Ritchie completed his hat trick in 68 minutes but most of the credit goes to Bingham for breaking up the defence on the left of the box – Ritchie collected his neat pass as he ran in from the right and hit the ball into the roof of the net. Brechin’s only chance now was that the torrential rain would force a postponement but play continued with great difficulty. The home side sent on three substitutes for the closing period and all had shooting chances. It was a first appearance for David MacRae and he celebrated with a good effort in 76 minutes but Hay touched it for a corner. Craig MacMillan took a Mackie pass in 83 minutes and his shot was also cleared for a corner. Two minutes later the third substitute Darran Thomson tried from 25 yards and his effort was deflected past by a defender. The wet surface caused many problems in the closing stages and even the referee took a tumble after colliding with a Brechin player. In the last minute a Ross Tokely cross reached Liam Keogh on the penalty spot but he slipped as he attempted to shoot. A job well done and an away tie against St Mirren in round four.