Dubious penalty spurs Brechin on

Robert Thomson flicks Bobby Barr's free kick into the back of the net.

Robert Thomson flicks Bobby Barr's free kick into the back of the net.

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Brechin City will undoubtedly feel aggrieved to have dropped two vital home points against Greenock Morton but they are still well in contention at the top end of the table.

After going a goal down after a disputed penalty, the manner of City’s fight-back against Jim Duffy’s side would have given Ray McKinnon a lot of encouragement albeit that he was absolutely furious with the penalty decision which he felt led to his side gaining only one point from the match when it should have been all three.

The first-half was evenly contested with the visitors having a great chance to grab the lead after only three minutes when Stefan McCluskey made ground down the left flank before crossing into the box for Caldwell whose right-foot drive was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Graeme Smith.

City had an equally good opportunity after 25 minutes when a superb defence-splitting pass from Ryan Ferguson created an opening for Alan Trouten but Derek Gaston came quickly off his line to avert the danger.

It was again evenly balanced after the break but Morton made the vital breakthrough after 53 minutes when referee Euan Anderson awarded a penalty after a Gary Fusco challenge on Declan McManus in the City penalty-box. The City players hotly disputed the decision but the referee was adamant that it was a penalty which was duly converted by Caldwell.

There was no doubt that the City players were incensed with the decision and they rolled up their sleeves and laid siege to the Morton goal thereafter and they got their reward 12 minutes from the end when substitute Robert Thomson rose above the visitors defence to head home a pin-point cross from Bobby Barr.