albion rovers 3 brechin city 1
City have lost all of their opening four league matches and they never really looked like taking anything from Saturday’s game against a Rovers side who played for the last 17 minutes with 10 men after full-back Kyle Turnbull received his second yellow card of the match.
Rovers looked the likelier side straight from the kick-off and they grabbed the opener in the 23rd minute when defender Ross Dunlop fired home the opening goal from the edge of the box but City were back on level terms within a couple of minutes when Craig Johnston converted from the penalty-spot after Andy Jackson had been brought down in the box.
However, City’s joy at scoring the equaliser was short-lived as Rovers regained the advantage just after the half-hour with another penalty award when striker John Gemmell, who has been such a thorn in the flesh of City sides over the years, blasted home after Paul Willis had been upended in the box.
With only one goal between the teams at the interval, City had it all to play for in the second-half but they fell further behind within a minute of the restart when substitute Andy Barrowman, who had replaced Gemmell at half-time, powered home a header from a Willis cross.
City had the chance to reduce the deficit in the 73rd minute when they were awarded the third penalty of the match after Craig Molloy was brought down in the box by Turnbull who was sent to the changing-rooms after receiving his second yellow card but Robert Thomson’s spot-kick was well saved by Rovers keeper Ross Stewart.
Brechin next face Stranraer at Stair Park.
City boss Darren Dods said: “I’m really disappointed.
“We knew that is was always going to be difficult coming here but all three goals we lost should have been avoided.
“At the moment we keep giving teams a goal of a start which means that we’re having to chase everything but we’ll just have to work hard in training and roll the sleeves up to try and turn things around.
“We’ll hopefully have a couple of the injured players back for next week’s game at Stranraer and we’ll be trying to bring in someone else on loan to try and freshen things up.”