Saints edge out Brechin in cup

St Johnstone scraped their way into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a narrow 2-1 victory over Brechin City at McDiarmid Park.

Last Updated: 07/01/12 at 18:05

Sandaza: Netted the hosts' winner

Sandaza: Netted the hosts' winner

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Second Division outfit were more than a match for their SPL opponents throughout and levelled through Paul McManus after Murray Davidson's opener.

Francisco Sandaza netted the winning goal 30 seconds into the second half and despite demonstrating great determination to force a second equaliser, City could not find a way through.

The hosts began the match on the front-foot and they were rewarded with the opening goal after five minutes.

Craig Nelson in the Brechin goal could only parry Karl Finnigan's shot from the edge of the box and Murray Davidson was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Brechin responded in a positive fashion and David McClune had two efforts blocked as the home defence struggled to clear the danger.

The difficult surface was proving problematic for both sides with a series of mis-controls becoming the pattern of a scrappy opening to the game.

St Johnstone passed up an excellent chance to double their lead when Marcus Haber connected with Finnigan's pin-point cross but the Canadian striker headed wide of target.

Haber had another good opportunity after 24 minutes but again glanced wide after good work by Liam Craig.

A horrendous mix-up in the home defence led to Brechin grabbing an unexpected equaliser. Jody Morris' headed back-pass was seized upon by Paul McManus who rounded Peter Enckelman and slotted into the empty net.

After conceding the home side appeared to be shell-shocked and Sandaza's long-range effort was as close as they came to regaining their advantage in the firs -half.

After enduring a frustrating opening 45 minutes, it took the SPL side only 30 seconds to grab the lead in the second half.

David MacKay's cross found Sandaza in space and the Spaniard slammed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Nelson's goal.

Despite falling behind for the second time in the match, Brechin continued to press and had a good shout for a penalty turned down when Garry Brady's shot appeared to strike the hand of Steven Anderson.

David McKenna then forced Enckelman into a good stop after 54 minutes.

City boss Jim Weir replaced the tiring James Lester with Derek Carcary and then David Crawford for McClune in a bid to increase the pressure on the home defence.

Carcary had a decent opportunity with the clock running down but he could not force Enckelman into making a save.

Deep into injury-time Finnigan almost put the tie beyond doubt, but headed inches wide from MacKay's delivery.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Transfer news: Tottenham sign Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Swansea

Tottenham have signed Swansea duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, with Gylfi Sigurdsson moving in the opposite direction.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property