Falkirk 3 Brechin 0: Bairns in the pink as Brechin see red
Falkirk recorded their most comfortable victory of the season with a 3-0 win over nine-man Brechin City at the Falkirk Stadium.
Brechin, who came into the match already relegated, have four points and were two goals and two men behind at half time.
Nelson had another chance on eight minutes, this time the Sunderland loanee was taken out by Smith having gone round him. The Brechin goalkeeper got away with just a booking.
The lead was doubled, though, after the two linked up to provide Craig Sibbald with the easiest goal he will score this season.
The chances kept on coming for the Bairns. Lewis Kidd was the next to go close when his chipped effort was cleared off the line on the half hour mark.
Andrew Nelson thought he had added his name to the first half score sheet on 39 minutes, but his headed effort from close-range was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
Shortly after, three minutes of Brechin City madness ensued.
Alex Jakubiak was the victim of a late lunge from Sean Crighton on 40 minutes, with the centre-back shown a straight red card.
Not long after he had picked himself up, Jakubiak was sent tumbling again. This time Brechin captain Paul McLean was the aggressor with a cynical trip on halfway and he too was sent off.
The most comfortable, albeit slightly frustrating, second half of the season awaited for the Bairns as they set about adding a third.
Brechin played with all nine men behind the ball and were extremely well disciplined but could only keep their hosts out until the hour mark. A scramble in the box ended with Andrew Nelson hammering in from close range for 3-0.
The last half an hour was a training exercise for Paul Hartley, who made a triple substitution as soon as the third goal went in.
Despite completely dominating possession, Falkirk struggled to create too many clear-cut chances second half with the match ending 3-0.