First half goals prove fatal for Brechin City

Andy Jackson directs the ball in at the far post to pull a goal back for City.
Andy Jackson directs the ball in at the far post to pull a goal back for City.

Brechin City’s poor start to the first half proved costly when they travelled to face Airdrieonians in the league on Saturday.

First half goals from Martin Hardie and Liam Coogans and a late winner from Lewis Coult secured a 3-1 victory for The Diamonds.

Andy Jackson had an effort saved in the early minutes of the match. Airdrie were quick to threaten but Martin Hardie shot wide in the 18th minute.

The home side took the lead in the 22nd minute, when a foul by Andy Jackson resulted in a free kick, which Hardie took, with the ball parried in off the post by Graeme Smith in the Brechin goal.

Airdrieonians doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, with a strike from their 16-year-old forward, Liam Coogans.

Brechin reduced the deficit just before the break, with Johnny Brown’s free kick headed on to Andy Jackson by Paul McLean. Jackson buried the ball to hand his side their only goal of the match.

Half-time: Airdrieonians, 2; Brechin City, 1.

Jackson’s goal seemed to galvanise City, but as has been the case this season, luck was not on their side when it came to the final ball.

An excellent save in the 80th minute by on-loan Rangers ‘keeper, Scott Gallacher, denied Gerry McLauchlan an equaliser, after the defender got a shot away after a Jackson cutback.

Brechin again came close just five minutes later, with Brown this time thwarted by the on-form ‘keeper.

Airdrie secured all three points in the final minute of the match, with Smith saving from Coogans, and Coult following up with a shot that rattled the bar, before he buried the rebound.