City’s unbeaten record still intact

Alan Trouten sidesteps the oncoming keeper before slotting home the opening goal.
Alan Trouten sidesteps the oncoming keeper before slotting home the opening goal.

Brechin City had to defend a late rally by Airdrieonians to secure a point - and keep their unbeaten record intact.

After six minutes a Marc Fitzpatrick strike from 20 yards out was blocked in the box by Gary Fusco, with the homesters arguing it hit his hand.

Seven minutes later, City had their first chance of the match, with Alan Trouten receiving the ball from a Pail McLean free kick, but while he did well to get the shot away, he couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Robert Thomson had a chance go wide as well, with the striker unable to direct his header into the back of the net.

City had a penalty appeal of their own in the 30th minute, with Colin Hamilton maintaining he had his shirt pulled while trying to connect with a Bobby Barr corner. However, the ref waived away any appeals.

City came close just before half-time, with Trouten playing in Andy Jackson, whose powerful strike just narrowly over the bar.

Airdrie then had an effort of their own, with a Fitzpatrick strike going past the left hand post.

City opened the scoring after 59 minutes, after a fine run by Thomson saw the striker’s shot hit off the Airdrie defence, only to fall kindly to Trouten. His first touch took the ball away from the oncoming ‘keeper and he slotted home from six yards out.

City’s lead lasted 10 minutes, before Airdrie equalised through Jamie Bain. The fullback unleashed a fierce strike from 25 yards out, and it soared into the top corner.

Galvanised by the goal, Airdrie pushed for a winner, but found it difficult to get past Graeme Smith. In the 84th minute, Smith was on hand to block a Paddy Boyle effort. He then pulled of a stunning save in injury time to deny Luca Gasparotto, tipping the ball over the crossbar.