Late goal seals three points for Brechin

Andy Jackson opens the scoring for Brechin
Andy Jackson opens the scoring for Brechin

Brechin City increased their hold on a play-off spot with a 2-1 win against Stirling Albion at Glebe Park - relegating the visitors in the process.

Andy Jackson opened the scoring after just 12 minutes of play.

A free kick by Jamie Masson was fumbled by Stirling ‘keeper Callum Reidford, and the ball fell to Jackson who fired home left shot into the bottom right corner.

City thought they had doubled their lead three minutes later, when a Masson shot from the edge of the box hit the post, then the back of Reidford before almost trickling over the line. Robert Thomson looked to force the ball over but he was flagged for offside.

Stirling had their first effort in the 21st minute, but Gordon Smith’s effort was wide of the target.

Six minutes later, City were back on top and Bobby Barr shot from around 25 yards out but Reidford comfortably held the shot.

In the 36th minute, Masson had a great opportunity to increase the lead when he found himself in space, with time to shoot, but he hurried his attempt and the result shot soared over the cross bar.

In the 57th minute, City came agonisingly close to doubling their lead when a Barr pass was flicked on by Masson to Thomson. The striker tried to round the ‘keeper, but his touch was too heavy and ball went out for a goal kick.

Thomson came close again in the 72nd minute, but Reidford was quick off his line to close him down.

Stirling netted an equaliser in the 87th minute. City failed to clear the danger from a free kick and Jordan Sinclair was first to react, heading past Smith.

City had the last word, however, and after several missed opportunities, Andy Jackson scored a dramatic injury time goal. With his back to goal, he unleashed a fantastic overhead kick that sailed past Reidford.