Early pressure not enough for City

Steven Jackson celebrates with Paul McLean who opened the scoring for City.
Steven Jackson celebrates with Paul McLean who opened the scoring for City.

Brechin City put pressure on the Stenhousemuir defence straight from referee George Samond’s opening whistle on Saturday.

Chris Smith in the Warriors’ goal brought off a couple of outstanding saves early in the match from Andy Jackson and Allan Walker to keep the scoreline blank.

City were going all out for that early goal and it came after 14 minutes.

Alan Trouten flighted in a superb corner from the left and Paul McLean rose above the home defence to head the ball past Smith.

City continued to press for the remainder of the half, although Stenny began to exert pressure themselves as the half wore on with Graeme Smith first denying Ross McNeill and then John Gemmell.

The City supporters would have been expecting more of the same after the break but disaster struck within a minute of the restart.

Gemmell collected a pass in the City penalty-box and dispatched a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

Worse was to follow for City six minutes later when the Warriors grabbed the lead.

The City defence failed to clear their lines and Sean Dickson took full advantage of their hesitancy to wallop a tremendous drive into the roof of the net giving Smith no chance.

At this stage City were rarely seen as an attacking force and it was the hosts dominating play looking for a third goal to wrap up victory. That vital third counter came in the 63rd minute, with a Bryan Hodge’s corner kick bulleted into the net by Gemmell.

City were left shell-shocked but they tried to get back into the game and they narrowed the deficit with 11 minutes remaining when A. Jackson slotted the ball home from close-range.

City threw everyone forward in an effort to get the equaliser but the home defence held firm to take a 3-2 win.