Brechin City 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1
Brechin City hosted SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday night, in their last pre-season friendly.
The home fans were looking to see a performance that would bode well ahead of Sunday’s highly anticipated clash with Rangers, in the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup. The City players didn’t disappoint.
Inverness didn’t look likely to dominate the home side during the first half, and it was through a rare attacking move that Graeme SHINNIE put the away team in the lead. He fired in a low hard shot from the left hand-side of the box that crossed the face of Michael Andrews’s goal before nestling in the bottom right corner.
Brechin came out determined in the second half and they created chances. David McKenna was on the end of a defence splitting pass, but Caley ‘keeper Ryan Esson parried away his resulting strike.
However, when Craig Molloy was fouled in the box later, Esson wasn’t able to keep out McKenna’s spot kick. The ‘keeper dived to his right, while MCKENNA remained calm and placed his shot down the middle.
Brechin continued to press for a winner, with Gary Fusco headed McKenna’s cross wide.
Their perseverance paid off in the dying minutes of the match, when Caley failed to clear the danger from their box. MCKENNA seized the opportunity, turning on the spot and tucking the ball away in fine fashion.
Brechin City: Michael Andrews, Johnny Stewart, Johnny Brown, Paul McLean, Ewan Moyes, Garry Brady (Gary Fusco, 60), Ryan Stewart (Gerry McLaughlan, 60), Craig Molloy, Andy Jackson, David McKenna, Derek Carcary (Scott Dalziel, 60). Unused substitutes: Alan Trouten, Ben Tough.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Ryan Esson, Graeme Shinnie, Owen Jones, Billy McKay, Ross Draper, Richie Foran, Andrew Shinnie, Josh Meekings, Aaron Doran, Shane Sutherland, Matthew Cooper (Martin Laing, 45). Unused substitutes: Antonio Reguero, Nick Ross, Jason Oswell, Connor Pepper.