Brechin City 2
Ayr United 1
Brechin City recorded their second victory in four days thanks to a double from an unlikely source - Gerry McLauchlan (writes Amanda Taylor).
The centre back has been deputising at right back in recent games, but the change of positions seemed to suit him well when Ayr United came to Glebe Park last night (Tuesday).
City dominated the first 20 minutes of play, passing the ball around well despite the heavy pitch.
Derek Carcary had a chance in the 8th minute, but his shot was saved comfortably by Graeme Smith in the Ayr goal.
Alan Trouten, who up until this match had scored in every game he had started, had a fine chance to hand Brechin the lead in the 12th minute, but his header was again saved by Smith.
Three minutes later, Smith had to be quick to deny Trouten again when the midfielder hit a terrific shot, forcing the Ayr ‘keeper to push the ball out for a corner.
Ayr had a couple of chances in the 22nd minute, but Paul McLean was on hand to block any attempts.
After 40 minutes had gone by, City were awarded a corner, and it was Carcary’s delivery that found the head of McLauchlan, who powered home to give City the lead.
Ayr attempted to hit back on the 42nd minute, but Michael Andrews pulled off several cracking saves to deny them an equaliser.
Half-time: Brechin City, 1; Ayr United, 0.
Just 10 minutes in to the second half, Ayr were gifted an equaliser when the ball hit off Euan Moyes and into the back of his own net.
However, City didn’t let the goal get to them and just five minutes later, McLauchlan had given City the lead again.
Ayr had failed to clear the danger from their box, and the ball fell to McLauchlan who rifled home a left footed effort.
Johnny Brown made a late appearance for City when he replaced David McKenna in the 82nd minute. Brown, who has been struggle with an ankle injury, nearly made the dream substitute appearance in the 90th minute, when he latched on to a Ryan Stewart pass, but Smith was on hand to deny him.
Full-time: Brechin City, 2; Ayr United, 1.
Speaking after the match, Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon said: “We were a bit sluggish tonight. In the first half we played some great stuff. In the second half, we still had a great attitude but we were made that half a yard too slow. All credit to the players. They have a winning mentality at the moment and they dug out another great result.
“Ayr came up here and they played well tonight. They made it very difficult for us. The character of our team and the strength of the team to go and win the game is fantastic.”