Brechin City’s dreams of playing First Division football came to an end at Recreation Park on Saturday, writes John Hoey.
Despite deservedly winning the game by 3-2, the Wasps 2-0 win at Glebe Park the preceding Wednesday night means that they now go through to the final where they will meet near neighbours Dunfermline who romped home by 6-1 against Forfar Athletic.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the City players who got off to the perfect start after just three minutes when Andy Jackson fired home a Ryan Ferguson cross.
However, Alloa’s equaliser which came six minutes later, was highly contentious.
A ball was played into the City box where both Calum Elliot and Kevin Cawley looked yards offside. However, the far side linesman kept his flag down, the referee allowed play to continue, and Cawley took advantage to smash home the equaliser.
The City players looked completely stunned and the furore spilled over into the technical area with City manager Ray McKinnon, coach Grant Johnston and Alloa manager Paul Hartley all being sent to the stand by referee William Collum.
City came out for the second-half with their sleeves rolled up and they grabbed the lead for the second time from the penalty-spot with Alan Trouten converting after Wasps defender Jonathan Tiffoney had handled a Ryan Stewart shot.
Alloa then levelled the match again when Calum Elliot converted a penalty after Ewan Moyes appeared to bring him down in the box.
City didn’t let this deter them and they battled on to grab the winner deep into injury-time when Jackson slotted the ball home from close-range.
Immediately thereafter, the referee blew the full-time whistle and City’s dreams of reaching the final were over.