City can’t sink ten-men Airdrie

An early chance from Bryan Hodge is saved by Connor Fairley in the Airdrie goal.
An early chance from Bryan Hodge is saved by Connor Fairley in the Airdrie goal.

Despite having a man advantage for more than three-quarters of the game on Saturday, it was another frustrating game for City, who could only manage a one-all draw against Airdrie (writes Steven Rae).

That result leaves them on nine points from nine games, a position lower than they would have hoped for this far into the season, given last-season’s performances.

The game started off lively, with both teams putting themselves about, in particular Fusco and Janzyk for Brechin in midfield.

At the back, Brechin, missing McLauchlan, were giving nothing away in the air, looking impressive with the high balls coming in.

After some end-to-end stuff, but with no real chances, Airdrie broke the deadlock.

Ryan Donnelly’s header against the bar was poorly dealt with, and his rebound slipped under Nelson, much to the keeper’s disappointment.

Ten minutes later, Airdrie were reduced to ten men, Keiron Stallard receiving a straight red card for a high-challenge on Graham Weir.

Despite this, the Brechin management felt the referee should have played advantage as King seemed to have a clear run on goal.

It was King who took the resulting free-kick, however, his effort tipped over the bar by Fairley. The resulting corner came to nothing.

The match continued at an aggressive pace, with the fans screaming at the referee, both sets of players also.

Airdrie had a chance ten minutes from half-time, but Nelson saved the ball then spilled it.

Following a small altercation, Airdrie striker Donnelly was booked for dissent.

Crawford went on a surging run for City down the left just before half-time, winning a corner, but again the away team averted the danger.

From the start of the second half City came out looking to take the game to Airdrie. King and Crawford combining particularly well on the left particularly well..

King had a penalty claim turned away in the 49th minute after a claimed hand ball.

In the 51st minute, however, Brechin received their spot-kick, following a clumsy foul on King in the box by Airdrie sub Blockley.

King made no mistake with the penalty, firing it high into the top right-hand corner of the net to equalise for the Glebe Parkers.

Brechin made a double substitution in the 65th minute, with McManus and McKenna coming on for Weir and King.

With less than five minutes to go the home fans had their heads in their hands as it looked as if ten-men Airdrie had stolen the victory, but referee Clancey judged a striker to be offside, saving City’s blushes and earning both teams a point.

Brechin City - Nelson, McLean, Smith, Buist, Dunlop, Jancyzk, Hodge, Fusco, Crawford, Weir (McManus) and King (McKenna).

Airdrie United - Fairley, Bain, Hill (Green), Stallard, Lovering; Keast (Holmes), Lynch, Devlin, Stevenson; Donnelly and Boyle (Blockley).

Referee, Kevin Clancy; Attendance, 455.

Brechin now face an away trip to Stenhousemuir, the Warriors currently sitting third in the league, three points off the top.