Brechin host first league clash with Rangers

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.
Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Brechin City were left heartbroken after a late goal from Rangers gave the visitors all three points

City manager Ray McKinnon secured two players on a month’s loan heading in to the fixture, with Dundee United’s Darren Petrie and Hamilton’s Andy Ryan making their way straight into the match day starting 11.

Brechin started the much brighter of the two, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes, the first coming from a Graham Hay header, and a Johnny Brown free kick doubling the homesters lead.

Rangers hit back in the 25th minute though Jon Daly. He was through on goal with just Graeme Smith to beat, and slotted past the oncoming ‘keeper.

However, City were not resting on the laurels and added a third goal to their tally. A defensive error from Ricky Foster saw the ball cleared to Andy Jackson who set up Trouten to fire home in the 35th minute.

Second half goals from Mohsni and Law brought the visitors level with 20 minutes left to play.

A late header from Nicky Clark handed Rangers all three points, but City could consider themselves unlucky not have gotten more from the match.

Brechin’s day got worse when Alan Trouten picked up a second yellow in the dying minutes, leaving him suspended ahead of next week’s derby clash at home to Arbroath.