Albion Rovers 1, Brechin City 2
Brechin City collected their first away points of the season after full-back Mick Dunlop headed home a dramatic winner against Albion Rovers three minutes into stoppage-time.
It was a goal that no-one could have expected, as the game, which had been dull and lack-lustre throughout, seemed to be heading for a one-one draw.
However, manager Jim Weir was more than happy to accept the result.
“We’ve not been firing on all cylinders this season, but sometimes you have to say a win’s a win,” he said.
“It was hard on Rovers who will certainly be tough opponents this season, but I’m just happy to go home with three points.”
“You have to take the breaks that come your way, but all credit to my lads who battled on right till the end.”
Albion grabbed the lead in the eighth minute with a cracking goal from striker Jamie Gilmartin, who fired home a superb free-kick from just outside the box after Gary Fusco had fouled Andy Scott.
Derek Carcary had a great chance to level the match for City in the 13th minute when a great flick from Paul McManus sent him clean through on goal but his touch let him down, and home keeper Chris Fahey was able to clear the ball away.
However, City drew level with a hotly disputed penalty-kick on the half-hour mark.
A great pass from Craig Molloy put McManus in the clear, but as he rounded the keeper he tumbled to the ground.
Referee Brian Colvin immediately pointed to the penalty-spot and red-carded Fahey for his last-man challenge with Albion Rovers players protesting vociferously that the keeper had gone for the ball.
However, the referee would have none of it and McManus stepped up to expertly dispatch the penalty-kick, giving stand-in keeper Derek Gaston no chance.
Ten-man Rovers battled on after the break with City unable to take advantage of their greater numbers.
Goalmouth chances were few and far between for both sides with the game stuttering towards a one-one draw.
However, just when it seemed that City would have to settle for a share of the spoils, they wrapped up victory with a dramatic goal deep into injury-time.
They won a corner on the right, and substitute Garry Brady, who had replaced Neil Janczyk in the 69th minute, sent a great delivery into the box for Gerry McGlauchlan, who headed the ball into the path of the incoming Dunlop who powered home a header into the top corner of the net.
However, more drama was to come.
With City fans still celebrating the winning goal, Ryan McStay became the second Albion player to be given his marching orders, presumably for dissent after a fairly innocuous challenge on Fusco.
Albion Rovers - Fahey, Reid, Ciaran Donnelly, Lumsden (O’Byrne), Russell, Stevenson, Chaplain, McStay, Scott, Gilmartin (Love) and Boyle (Gaston).
Brechin City - Nelson, McClune, McLauchlan, McLean, Dunlop, Fusco, Janczyk (Brady), Molloy, McManus, McKenna, Carcary (Crawford) and Crawford (Buist). Goals: McManus 30 pen, Dunlop 90.
Referee - Brian Colvin; crowd - 386.