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Ryan Ferguson lobs the keeper to equalise for Brechin

Darren McCormack was sent off in the 74th minute of the match after he blocked a shot that then bounced up and hit his hand.

Ryan Ferguson chips the ball over David Mitchell in the Stranraer goal.

Ryan Ferguson chips the ball over David Mitchell in the Stranraer goal.

The controversial red card came on the back of a dubious penalty award in the first half.

Discussing the decisions, City manager Ray McKinnon said: “You need to take them on the chin. From where we were, it is difficult to see. I think the second one is a bit harsh. Darren has got a great block in and it’s spun up and hit him on the hand. I don’t think it’s a red card. I think it’s ridiculously harsh, and he’s going to miss the play-offs because of that.

“We can’t dwell on it. I am very disappointed for Darren and I think it’s a really, really poor decision by the referee.”

McKinnon was crticial of the referee’s performance, adding: “I never, ever give referees stick but I think he was horrific. Not only for us, but for both teams. I know how hard their job is, but I’ve got to say I thought he was extremely poor.”

City had already secured their play-off spot the previous week, and it was confirmed on Saturday that they would face Alloa Athletic in the semi-final.

McKinnon said: “We’ve rested as many players as we can. I am looking forward to the game now. We are disappointed for Darren, because it has weakened us a wee bit.

“We are going in there in a good, confidence mood. When we get our strongest team on the park, I think we will have a right chance in the play-offs, no matter who we will play.”

Reaching the play-offs was McKinnon’s target at the start of the season, and the success capped off a fine campaign for the Glebe Park side who went on a 17-match unbeaten run - matching the club’s all time record.

McKinnon added: “It’s been a very successful season. To not be challenging was disappointing, but we’ve had so many draws. If we had turned those draws into victories in the last minutes then we would have been up there. We’ve got another chance to get into the league above and we’ve got a great chance.”

Brechin welcome Alloa to Glebe Park tonight (Wednesday) for the first leg of the semi-final play-offs with a 7.45 p.m. kick off. The club has confirmed that season tickets are not valid for the match, but reduced ticket pricing is in place. Ticket prices are £10 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 for schoolchildren. Parent and child tickets will not be in operation.

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