Queen of the South 1-0 Brechin City

Queen of the South moved nine points clear at the top of the Second Division with a narrow victory against Brechin City.

Derek Lyle came close to giving the hosts an early lead, Michael Andrews producing a smart stop to keep the striker's header out.

The opener came when Nicky Clark picked out Danny Carmichael and the midfielder converted with a neat finish.

Jonathan Stewart was denied an equaliser by goalkeeper Lee Robinson before the break and there were few chances in the second half.

Queen of South: Robinson, McGuffie, Durnan, Higgins, Mitchell, Carmichael, McKenna (Holt 82),Young, Gibson, Lyle (Reilly 78), Clark. Subs Not Used: Atkinson, Black, Kevin Smith.

Booked: Gibson, Young, Higgins.

Goals: Carmichael 21.

Brechin: Andrews, McLauchlan, Moyes, Hay, Paul McLean, Trouten, Molloy (McKenna 46), Fusco, Jonathan Stewart (Carcary 65), Jackson, Byrne (Dalziel 75). Subs Not Used: Nelson, Lowdon.

Booked: Molloy, McLauchlan.

Att: 1,419

Ref: George Salmond