Jackson header earns point for City

Ewan Moyes' effort in the first half goes over the cross bar.
Ewan Moyes' effort in the first half goes over the cross bar.

Brechin City secured a point when Andy Jackson netted for a 1-1 draw with Ayr United at Glebe Park on Saturday, November 16.

Brechin started the more dominant of the two sides, but couldn’t find the killer ball in the attacking third.

Andy Jackson had City’s first chance when his header went just wide of the top right corner after 15 minutes of play.

The home side had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Alan Muir, after Alan Trouten was pulled back in the box, but the ref waved play on.

A fumble from the Ayr ‘keeper, David Hutton, presented Ewan Moyes with a chance in the 28th minute, but his shot went over the bar.

A great save from Hutton denied Graham Hay in the 41st minute.

It proved vital just three minutes later when a great individual goal by Anthony Marenghi, who fired home an unstoppably left footed drive from 20 yards out, handed Ayr the lead at half time.

The first real attempt of the second half came in the 61st minute, with Graeme Smith having to save a Kevin Kyle header to keep visitors at bay.

City looked to freshen up their squad, with Bobby Barr replacing Johnny Brown in the 62nd minute, and the move almost paid off in the 73rd minute when a Barr cross from the left wing soared over the head of Hutton and looked goal bound until Ayr cleared off the line.

Two minutes later, however, Jackson put the home side level with a diving header from younger brother Steven’s cross.

Andy Jackson came close to netting a winning goal with just four minutes left to play, but Hutton saved well from point blank to deny the striker.

Ayr had a last attempt in the dying minutes, with Smith saving from Michael Donald only for the ball to hit the post before coming back to Smith.