Ayr United v Brechin City

Paul McLean celebrates with Darren Taylor after equalising for City in the final minute of the match.

Paul McLean celebrates with Darren Taylor after equalising for City in the final minute of the match.

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Brechin City put on a very gutsy second half performance to secure a point against Ayr United on Saturday.

The City side were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute, with defender Graham Hay given his marching orders. However, City proved that they could over come this disadvantage.

City manager Ray McKinnon was quick to pay tribute to his players at the end of the 90 minutes.

He said: “The players showed fantastic commitment and desire to come back from two goals down and I can’t praise them highly enough for their come-back as I thought that they were magnificent and they certainly deserved a share of the points as I thought that they were by far the better team in the second-half.”

Speaking on the red card shown to Hay, Mr McKinnon added: “We were very disappointing in the first-half and, although Graham Hay’s challenge was reckless and deserved a booking, I didn’t think it warranted a sending-off.”

Hay will now be automatically suspended for Saturday’s home game against Stranraer but everyone else, with the exception of Derek Carcary who remains sidelined, should be available.