Hat-trick a killer blow for City

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.
Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Brechin City had a mountain to climb in the second half of their home clash against Stranraer.

A first half hat-trick for Stranraer’s Martin Grehan gave the visitors a 3-0 lead after 41 minutes.

Stranraer took the lead in the 26th minute, when Martin Grehan tapped in from a few yards out, after Graeme Smith came off his line to close down Docherty.

Nine minutes later, Grehan extended the visors lead from the spot, after Paul McLean fouled Andrew Stirling in the box, with Mclean picking up a booking in the process.

Grehan wrapped up his hat-trick in the 41st minute, with a fearsome shot from just inside the box, that Smith had little chance of stopping.

City manager Ray McKinnon immediately looked to change the side with Johnny Brown and Craig Molloy replacing Darren Petrie and Ryan Ferguson at the start of the second half.

City pulled a goal back in the 59th minute, through Andy Jackson but any chance of a fight back took a blow in the 67th minute, when Paul Mclean received a second yellow and was consquently ordered off the pitch.

The one-man advantage was enough for Stranraer to see the game out as 3-1 winners.

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