At the end of what has been a remarkable season for Brechin City, here at the Brechiner, we picked out our top ten matches across the season.
Brechin City’s first competitive match of the season captured the attention of the national media, as it was revealed they would be the first side to face Rangers since their administration debacle.
City certainly gave Ally McCoist’s side cause for concern as they held the Glasgow outfit to a draw after 90 minutes, with a goals from Andrew Little for Rangers, and Andy Jackson for Brechin.
It took extra time for Rangers to finally dig out a result, but the match was a huge occasion for City and the fans as they proved they could battle with the Glasgow side.
Brechin City were in scintillating form when they hosted Stenhousemuir. It was Ray McKinnon’s second match in charge and he couldn’t have asked for more from his side. There were no weaknesses in the team. The defence was strong, midfield proved very imaginative, and they were lethal up front.
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Although the plucky Junior side were able to hold City to a draw at Glebe Park, City travelled to New Dundas Park determined to put the tie to bed. And they certainly did that in emphatic form.
City made a blistering start to the game scoring three goals within the first 20 minutes, courtesy of Kurtis Byrne, Jonathan Brown and Alan Trouten and a further goal from Trouten in the 33rd minute put City on easy street.
Further second-half goals from Andy Jackson and Derek Carcary wrapped up the win.
Brechin City’s third derby of the season was one of pure delight for City fans, as they emerged clear winners against Dick Campbell’s side. Goals from Johnny Brown, Kurtis Byrne and a brace from Andy Jackson handed the homeside the lead, with Forfar only able to get a consolation goal after being three nil down.
Another derby win had Brechin City fans rejoicing as they continued their fine league form under Ray McKinnon. City led through an own goal, with Paul McLean chipping in with his first goal of the season. Despite a fightback from Arbroath, an Alan Trouten goal secured the win for City. The win at Gayfield moved City up to fourth place.
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The same scoreline for another Angus derby, but the emphatic win was made all the sweeter for Brechin as it was away from home. The victory continued an impressive streak for City and enabled them to leapfrog Forfar into third place in the league.
Goals from David McKenna, Johnny Brown, Derek Carcary and Scott Dalziel all came in a second half which City dominated. Again, all Forfar could muster was a consolation goal from Gavin Swankie.
A phenomenal comeback for Brechin City gave them the edge over Alloa Athletic, with both teams competing for the second spot in the league.
Brechin took the lead after four minutes, through McKenna, but goals from Kevin Cawley and Ryan McCord from the penalty spot, gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.
However, City emerged after half-time full of determination to pile on the pressure and it paid off after just five minutes, with Alan Trouten bringing the scores level.
Seven minutes from time, Scott Dalziel set up Andy Jackson to net a deserved winner for the home side.
The commitment, effort and will-to-win from the players was there again for everyone to see and the win saw City close the gap on the Wasps to five points, having played one game less.
A late goal gave City yet another derby win. The result was all the more impressive, given that McKinnon’s side had not played any competitive football for a month. The three points also cemented City’s place in third, and put them three points above Arbroath, with City having three matches in hand.
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Another derby win, and this one left Brechin with just four points left to ensure they finished third and guaranteeing a play-off space. Despite having five first-team regulars missing, City still put in an impressive second-half performance.
Another high scoring match for Brechin. After two defeats from Queen of the South, which saw the Palmerston side win the title, City proved they could shrug off a defeat by turning in a dominating performance against East Fife.
Goals from Derek Carcary (2), Andy Jackson (2), Paul McLean and Ryan Ferguson wrapped up the points for City who sat eight points clear of nearest rivals Arbroath with three games in hand against their Angus neighbours.