City leave it late

Scot Buist lifts 'The King of Brechin' after netting the winner.
Scot Buist lifts 'The King of Brechin' after netting the winner.

Brechin 2, Albion Rovers 1

Brechin kept their play-off hopes alive when a stoppage-time winner from talisman striker Charlie King gave them all three points against Albion Rovers (writes Charles Wllace).

Charlie King's stoppage time header beats Derek Gaston to win it for City.

Charlie King's stoppage time header beats Derek Gaston to win it for City.

It looked as if the division’s bottom side would go home with a point and deal a blow to Brechin’s play-off prospects, but, just two minutes after taking the field as a late substitute, fans’ favourite King buried a header to give his side victory.

Brechin lined up 3-5-2, with Moyes, Buist and Dunlop across the back and full-backs McLean and Lindsay pushing on, outside a midfield three of Molloy, Brady and Hodge. Lister and McKenzie were paired up front.

Brechin had four attackers on the bench, where top scorer Paul McManus, a doubt with a back injury, was joined by McKenna, King, Crawford and goalkeeper Scott.

Albion had the first chance in five minutes when Gemmell headed over from a McStay corner.

Brechin replied in ten minutes when McKenzie broke on the left, but his shot went weakly to the keeper.

The first half produced little for the fans to get excited about, but, on the half hour mark, McKenzie beat an opponent inside the box and fired in a shot which was saved by Gaston.

A minute later a Hodge corner was missed by the heads of Brechin’s big men and McKenzie had a shot blocked on the back post.

The final chance of a dreadful first half came in 35 minutes when a long range effort from Molloy was saved.

Four minutes into the second half, a shot on the turn from Hodge dipped wide of the target.

Albion should have scored in 52 minutes. Nelson fumbled a long range strike from Stevenson and Gemmell put the rebound over the bar from close range.

Brechin celebrated their let-off with a goal a minute later. Hodge was tripped inside the box by Werndley for a stonewall penalty and Rory McKenzie confidently drilled the ball home from the spot.

The home fans hoped that the goal would settle Brechin and dangerman McKenzie broke on the right and swept in a cross which Molloy just failed to convert.

Stevenson was booked for a foul on Molloy in 63 minutes and, from the resulting free-kick, taken by Lindsay, Lister rose to head over.

Molloy was booked in 65 minutes for a foul on O’Byrne, when the referee was possibly swayed by the yell which came from the Albion defender.

Albion Rovers equalised in 68 minutes. Moyes was penalised for a foul on Gemmell and, after Gemmell was booked for a remark to the referee, McStay stepped up to fire in the free-kick. Nelson could only push the ball on to the inside of the post and Robert Love dived to head home the rebound.

McManus was sent on for Lister in 73 minutes and the switch almost had an effect five minutes later.

McLean swung in a cross and McManus headed home but the flag was up for offside and McManus was booked for dissent.

In 84 minutes, McKenzie beat a defender inside the box and his shot from a tight angle was beaten for a corner by Gaston.

McKenna then replaced Lindsay as Brechin looked for the win they craved.

In 89 minutes it was nearly Albion who won the game.

A Gemmell header was kicked off the line by Brady and, when play continued, a header from Chaplain struck the bar.

Charlie King replaced McKenzie in a last throw of the dice and with a minute of added time played.

Brechin snatched a winner. Molloy crossed from the right, McManus headed the ball back across goal and King headed home.

Brechin: Nelson, McLean, Lindsay (McKenn), Moyes, Dunlop, Buist, Brady, Molloy, McKenzie (King), Lister (McManus) and Hodge.