Brechin City 2, Cowdenbeath 2
BRECHIN City stormed back from a two-goal deficit at Glebe Park on Wednesday evening to almost clutch victory from the jaws of defeat.
At two-nil down in the first period, Jim Weir’s side looked as if they were heading for a heavy home reverse
Although, as the half wore on, they gained more and more possession, clear cut chances were few and far between.
City did threaten a couple of times, although Ludovic Roy’s goal came under pressure more from outside the penalty area than inside.
There was the poorest possible start for City after just four minutes.
Scott Linton found space inside the penalty area to fire the ball beyond the exposed Craig Nelson. Brechin tried to hit back and Gary Fusco set up Mitch Megginson.
However, the Aberdeen youngster fired over the bar after leaving his marker for dead.
Then good hold up play from McAllister won City a corner, but Roy grasped Janczyk’s corner kick comfortably.
If Brechin were up against it a goal behind there was worse to come.
In the 31st minute, Linton got to the bye-line and cut the ball back for Lewis Coult to stoop and head the ball home.
Craig Molloy tried to give his side a lift when he burst through from the middle of the park and unleash a tremendous 25 yard drive, which flew past the upright.
Whatever was said in the Brechin dressing room at half-time, the reaction was exactly what was required.
On came Jordan Kirkpatrick and David McKenna, off went Gary Fusco and Neil Janczyk.
It was a real gamble by Jim Weir, replacing two experienced players. The dividends, however, were almost immediate.
Just a minute into the restart, Kirkpatrick cut in from the left and fired a tremendous drive out of Ludovic Rory’s reach, which rolled into the net off the goalkeeper’s far post.
Brechin had managed to start the game a few gears up and their dogged determination and diligence paid off just five minutes later.
Kirkpatrick was again involved with a lovely weighted pass, which was perfect for Mitch Megginson, who took a touch before hammering home a tremendous equaliser.
City were transformed in terms of confidence, but more so in the number of chances and openings they were creating.
Ludovic Roy spilled Kirkpatrick’s 20 yard drive.
Cowdenbeath looked at sixes and sevens at this stage and they had a fortunate escape after McAllister picked out striker partner McKenna with a cross-field ball.
The former Stirling Albion man made a good connection, but Roy had narrowed the angle well and made a fine save.
The Cowdenbeath goal continued to lead a charmed life and full-back Mark Baxter was next to deny McKenna with a last-gasp challenge that blocked the striker’s effort on goal.
Brechin claimed he had used a hand, but referee Anthony Law waved away the claims.
Cowdenbeath were dealt a blow with goalkeeper Ludovic Roy limping off after 71 minutes.
Brechin went agonisingly close to securing the third goal that would have given them victory, deservedly so on their second half display, when Ewan Moyes leapt above everyone to head a corner which looked net-bound, only for Linton to desperately hook the ball off the goal-line.
With around eight minutes left, the tireless Megginson was replaced by Kevin Byers.
The City midfield man was denied by Hay at his near post, after he managed to squeeze in an effort that lacked just enough power to beat the goalkeeper.
The last kick off the game saw the outstretched boot of McAllister manage to get a toe-poke to a Byers’ cross from the right, but he was unable to direct the ball towards goal.
So the half-time score (after 90 minutes) saw Brechin with everything to play for going to Central Park on the Saturday.
Brechin City - Nelson, Cook, McBain, McLauchlan, Moyes, Janczyk (McKenna), Fusco (Kirkpatrick), Molloy, Redman, McAllister and Megginson (Byers).
Cowdenbeath - Roy (Hay), Baxter, Adamson, Crawford, Armstrong, Linton, Coult, O’Brien, Ramsay, Robertson and Stewart.
Referee: Anthony Law; crowd - 596.