Dunfermline v Brechin City

Darren Petrie knocks the ball beyond Ryan Scully but a covering defender clears the goal.

Darren Petrie knocks the ball beyond Ryan Scully but a covering defender clears the goal.

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Brechin City suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Dunfermline, with a last minute penalty robbing them of a well deserved point.

Ray McKinnon’s side is now just one point ahead of East Fife, who sit in the relegation play-off spot, and are on level points with Airdrieonians in eighth position.

Speaking after the match, Mr McKinnon said: “To lose a goal in the last minute is sickening. We are down to the bare bones. We had one sub today. We’ve seven players out including our top goal scorer, so considering that it was a great performance.

“The two young wing backs [Darren Petrie and Ryan Ferguson] were outstanding today. I think we created as many chances as them. So I’m really disappointed to walk away with nothing.

“We’ve been really good but we are just getting punished for every mistake. And at the other end we are creating chances but not taking them. Performance wise today, I can’t fault the players.”

Speaking about the players missing through injury, Mr McKinnon added: “Even if they do come back before the end of the season they are all miles away from playing. We’ve got 12 players to do us until the end of the season and that’s it.”

This Saturday (April 5), City welcome Ayr United to Glebe Park.