City in fourth spot after win over Ayr

Robert Thomson chips the ball past David Hutton to double City's lead.

Robert Thomson chips the ball past David Hutton to double City's lead.

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Brechin City moved up to fourth in the League One table after victory against Ayr United at Glebe Park.

Paul McLean made his 200th appearance for the club and got off to a dream start when he opened the scoring in the 16th minute.

Bobby Barr played a ball into the box from the wing, which was touched on by Alan Trouten to McLean who fired into the bottom corner of the goal from the edge of the box.

Barr had a chance to net a goal himself in the 27th minute, when he found himself racing in on goal with just the ‘keeper to beat. However, David Hutton was quick to close him down, and Barr’s shot was straight at the ‘keeper.

City continued to create chances with Andy Jackson having an effort go just over the cross bar in the 33rd minute.

McLean had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 40th minute, but he was off balance and unable to strike the ball cleanly, giving Hutton an easy save to make in the end.

Ayr recorded their first chance of the match three minutes before half-time with Robbie Crawford shooting from the edge of the box, but Graeme Smith was able to save comfortably.

Smith was called into action again in the 59th minute, saving well from Alan Forrest as Ayr sought an equaliser.

A few minutes later, Barr delivered an excellent cross in to Trouten, but the midfielder couldn’t direct his header goalwards.

City brought on Robert Thomson for Craig Wighton in the 78th minute, and he made a big impact just one minute later, latching on to a Trouten pass, cut into the box and delivered a superb lob over Hutton and into the back of the net.

Ayr, despite a lackluster performance in front of the goal, were able to net a consolation goal in injury time, with Forrest scoring from close range.