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Brechin 1-3 St Mirren

Stephen McGinn (left) challenges Richard Walker in the air
Stephen McGinn (left) challenges Richard Walker in the air

A Jim Hamilton double and a Dennis Wyness strike gave St Mirren a Homecoming Scottish Cup win over fourth-round opponents Brechin City.

Hamilton converted a 25th-minute penalty to put Saints in front but Brechin levelled early in the second half through Neil Janczyk.

Wyness restored St Mirren's lead 11 minutes into the second half after a mistake by goalkeeper Chris McCluskey.

And Hamilton's second made sure of the win with 20 minutes remaining.

The result meant a defeat in his first match in charge of Brechin for Jim Duffy.

The visitors threatened twice from free-kicks early on with Franco Miranda and Stephen McGinn both firing wide.

At the other end, Kevin Byers could not capitalise on Hugh Murray's loose free-kick, Saints goalkeeper Mark Howard was untroubled by the midfielder's shot.

St Mirren took the lead after Andy Dorman was felled in the box by Brechin defender John Ward.

From the resultant spot-kick, Hamilton's effort beat McCluskey, starting in the absence of first-choice Craig Nelson, who was absent due to a family bereavement.

Jack Ross and Jim Hamilton
Hamilton (right) celebrates his penalty strike with Jack Ross

Wyness could have doubled his side's advantage 11 minutes before half-time when, unmarked, he fired into the side-netting following Hamilton's flick-on.

City's equaliser came in the opening minute of the second half.

Janczyk volleyed high past Howard following Gary Twigg's headed pass.

And Brechin almost took the lead when Byers' corner found Darren Smith in space but the midfielder could not direct a shot on target.

St Mirren took full advantage after McCluskey dropped Miranda's cross and Hamilton's pass allowed Wyness to drive home from 10 yards.

And McCluskey was at fault again for Saints' third as he came off his line and collided with Ward, allowing Hamilton to walk the loose ball into an unguarded net.

Brechin went in search of a consolation in the closing stages but Janczyk's free-kick went wide.

St Mirren will face either Inverurie Locos or Motherwell in round five.

Brechin City manager Jim Duffy:
"I thought we played very well and for long periods of the game we more than matched St Mirren.

"But the bottom line is if you make elementary errors you're going to be punished, and we couldn't have given St Mirren the goals any easier.

"There was a lack of communication, a little bit of indecision, but hopefully the players will learn from tonight.

"I was pleased with our general play and I think there's an excellent side there."

St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson:

"We knew it would be a tough test. Brechin are a very good team, they've had an excellent first half of the season.

"We had to defend properly because we were put under pressure. Brechin had good spells in the game.

"Our mentality had to be spot on. We had to give Brechin the utmost respect and work extremely hard as a unit but we did that.

"I thought Jim Hamilton did extremely well up front and led the line properly. Hamilton and Dennis Wyness are proven goalscorers and they'll take the chances when they come along."

Brechin: McCluskey, Walker, Ward, Seeley, Dyer, Byers (King 79), Nimmo, Janczyk, Darren Smith, Twigg (Fusco 90), Baird (Diack 71).
Subs Not Used: Adam Nelson, Murie.

Goals: Janczyk 46.

St Mirren: Howard, Ross, Potter, Cuthbert, Miranda, Murray, Thomson (Brighton 76), Dorman, McGinn, Hamilton (Robb 76), Wyness.
Subs Not Used: Smith, Mason, Brady.

Goals: Hamilton 25 pen, Wyness 56, Hamilton 70.

Att: 1,026

Ref: S Finnie

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Brechin's Neil Janczyk and John Seeley and St Mirren's Dennis Wyness 8.00 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

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