Brechin Vics travelled to sunny Perthshire on Saturday to play against promotion-seeking Luncarty.
Despite the bright day, there was a strong wind was blowing and Luncarty had the benefit of playing with the wind in the first half. They took full advantage of this, and they had the Vics pinned back right from the kick-off.
The home side almost took the lead after two minutes, but Fowler’s shot came back off the post and was cleared to safety.
Vics were defending resolutely, and gradually they got into the game, with Steel coming close on 20 minutes when his shot from an S. Eaton free kick went narrowly wide.
Luncarty came back at them again, and Anderson shot high over the bar from 30 yards out.
Robbie in the Vics’ goal produced a great diving save on 28 minutes, denying a shot from six yards. The wind was proving a major factor – and further efforts from Luncarty on 36 and 42 minutes produced good saves from Vics’ ‘keeper.
Half-time: Luncarty, 0
Brechin Vics, 0
Vics came out quickly in the second half, and Mustard tried his luck from 20 yards out, but his shot was easily saved.
The visitors were having the better of the half and Young was next to try his luck, but his free kick from 20 yards was saved by the ‘keeper.
They came even closer on 77 minutes when good play down the right produced a shooting change for King, but his shot took a deflection and went narrowly wide of the target with the keeper stranded.
Vics were having a good period of pressure at this stage and twice, within two minutes, Young went close from corner kicks. The first – a header – was cleared off the line, while the second – another header – was just wide .
Although the visitors were looking the more likely team to score, it was Luncarty who got the winner on 89 minutes when Kelly hooked a shot from 18 yards into the corner of the net, giving Robbie no chance.
Team: Robbie, S Eaton, Young, Ross, Whitworth, Strachan, Steel, Mustard, Dunn, Henderson, McKay, C. Eaton, King, Bayfield, Renilson and McWilliam.
A spokesperson for Vics commented: “This was a hard to take for Vics with a last minute sucker punch. Although Luncarty had the better of the first half it was Vics who dominated the second and looked the more likely to score. A draw would probably have been the fairest outcome.”
Vics are next in action this Saturday (March 22) when they will welcome Newburgh to Victoria Park. The kick-off is at 2.30 p.m.