Arbroath 2-1 Brechin City

Lee Erwin scored twice on his debut as Arbroath overcame Brechin City.

The 19-year-old striker on loan from Motherwell opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a crashing drive following a long ball from Robert Linn.

They combined again 15 minutes later, Erwin collected a short corner from Linn and smashed a screamer into the roof of the net.

Robert Barr pulled a goal back for the visitors in the second half through a deflected right-footed strike.

That came after Paul Sheerin came close to stretching Arbroath's lead when his left-footed shot from the middle of the box was parried away by goalkeeper Graeme Smith.

Brechin came close to an equaliser when Steven Jackson's free-kick smacked the crossbar.

Arbroath: Morrison, Banjo, Donaldson, Lindsay, Travis, Linn, Darren Smith, Chisholm, Sheerin (Cook 64), Erwin (Bayne 90), Milne (Sibanda 85). Subs Not Used: Scott, Yao, Gray, McWalter.

Goals: Erwin 15, 30.

Brechin: Smith, McLean, Hay (Walker 62), McLauchlan, Brown, Steven Jackson, Molloy (Cameron 76), Anderson (Tobin 83), Barr, Andrew Jackson, Donnelly. Subs Not Used: Nelson, Moyes, Trouten.

Booked: Molloy, Andrew Jackson, Anderson, McLauchlan, McLean.

Goals: Barr 62.

Att: 801

Ref: Kevin Graham

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