Brechin’s promotion hopes are dashed by lucky Alloa Athletic

Derek Watt Photography.
Derek Watt Photography.

Brechin City’s season is over despite defeating Alloa Athletic 1-0 at Recreation Park.

The Wasps’ 2-0 advantage from the first leg proved just too difficult to overcome and despite City having the lion’s share of pressure and possession over the course of the 90 minutes, they just couldn’t get the goal that would have taken the tie to extra-time.

Manager McKinnon made three changes to the side that lost at the Glebe on Wednesday night.

Ewan McNeil, Craig Molloy and Gary Fusco dropped to the bench with Darren McCormack, Calum Tapping and Robert Thomson coming into the team.

The Wasps threatened the City goal within the first minute when Iain Flannigan delivered a good pass into the path of Kevin Cawley whose shot was blocked by Paul McLean.

A Robert Thomson drive was then deflected for a corner three minutes later.

The Wasps though should have opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Liam Buchanan picked up a loose ball from McLean and crossed into the box for Flannigan who looked set to score but he incredibly scooped the ball over the bar.

The hosts passed up an equally good opportunity eight minutes later with Michael Chopra shooting wide from a great position..

City were surging forward in an effort to grab the opening goal and they were again very unlucky deep into injury-time when a loose defensive clearance fell to Alan Trouten at the edge of the box who fired in a cracking drive which came crashing back off the crossbar with Gibson beaten.

City at last got the goal thy so richly deserved with ten minutes remaining after a great three-man move.

Masson picked up the ball just within the Alloa half and quickly released Barr who passed first-time into the path of Trouten who swept the ball past Gibson.

City then laid siege towards the Alloa goal but they just could not get the goal that would have triggered 30 minutes of extra-time.