City clinch the points

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Airdrie United 2, Brechin City 3

BRECHIN City worked hard to earn an early Christmas present by virtue of three points at Airdrie United on Saturday.

The result keeps City away from the bottom two spots in the Scottish second division, and, more importantly, keeps them on the coat-tails of a whole host of other clubs just above them in what is an extremely competitive league.

In what was the only game in the division to survive Saturday’s frosty conditions, James Lister, Paul McManus and David McKenna were on target for the reds

The opening goal in an entertaining ninety minutes came in 39 minutes, James Lister prodding home Charlie King’s cross.

John Boyle almost came close to levelling for the home side seconds after the restart as he headed against the crossbar.

Jim Lister had the chance to double Brechin City’s lead in the 51st minute, when he raced behind the home defence to collect a pass from Craig Molloy only to by crudely upended by Airdrie substitute Rhys Devlin, who was shown a straight red card.

That should have made things a little easier for City, but they were pegged back in the 69th minute when Ryan Donnelly curled a shot into the bottom corner.

But Brechin were back in front eleven minutes from time, Paul McManus drilling the ball into the top corner.

When David McKenna added a third eight minutes from time after slotting home Derek Carcary’s centre the points looked safe for City.

But there was a scare when, a minute later, Ryan Donnelly volleyed home a Jamie Bain cross.

However, City held on to claim three precious away points.

That took the tally for the season to 18 from 16 outings, a total they had hoped to build on last night (Tuesday).

A rescheduled home game with bottom club Stirling Albion was on the cards, but the wintry weather experienced in the Angus area over the weekend put paid to any hopes of that.

Indeed, a routine pitch inspection at 1 pm on Monday ruled that the surface was far too hard.

It will now be the third week in February before any postponed matches are rescheduled for midweek.

Fingers are crossed that the weather will warm up a little in the days ahead, to allow for some Boxing Day action, with Brechin due to visit Albion Rovers on Monday afternoon of next week (kick-off 2 pm).

Airdrie United - Fairley, Bain, Lilley (Devlin), Stallard, Lovering, Johnston (Owens), Lynch, Stevenson, McLaren, Donnelly and Boyle (Keats).

Brechin City - Nelson, McLean, Dunlop, Buist, Smith, David Crawford (Carcary), Molloy, Brady, Hodge, King (McKenna) and Lister (McManus).

Referee - Kevin Clancy; crowd - 643.