Late goal sinks City in derby

Number four Scott Buist celebrates opening the scoring in front of the home support
Number four Scott Buist celebrates opening the scoring in front of the home support

BRECHIN City suffered more agony at the weekend, losing to Angus rivals Arbroath in an lively derby at Glebe Park (writes Steven Rae).

Having taken the lead through Buist, substitute Sibanda equalised before half-time for Arbroath.

Two penalties in four minutes looked to have ended the tie as a draw in the 82nd minute, but Gavin Swankie curled the ball into the Brechin net two minutes from time to give Arbroath the victory.

The game started off at a lively pace, and in the third minute Nelson was called into action, tipping the ball over the bar from a Doris shot.

Brechin’s first real chance came in the sixth minute, Scott Buist crossing the ball in from the right hand side, but Jim Lister steared his header wide of the left-hand post.

The home side then had a good spell of attacking play, with Lister coming close with a header in the 20th minute and Janczyk having a well-struck free kick saved after a foul on Crawford.

Brechin broke the deadlock in the 28th minute. Lister got on the end of Janczyk’s corner, but his shot was blocked, only for the ball to fall kindly for Scott Buist in the box, who guided his shot low into the net.

Paul Sheerin, who had been impressive in midfield for Arbroath, was substituted on the half hour mark for Lee Sibanda.

Sibanda looked dangerous with the ball at his feet, showing good pace and skill.

He equalised only four minutes after coming on, a header from inside the box which went past the outstretched fingers of Nelson and into the bottom of the net.

Both sides continued to press and, a minute from half time, Brechin came agonisingly close to regaining the lead.

Crawford sent the ball in from the right wing, and the headed clearance fell on the edge of the box for Graham Weir, who watched as his volley came back off the inside of the post then cleared to safety, with the City fans already celebrating.

The attacking play continued in the second half, with Brechin having slightly more possession.

Crawford was performing well for for Brechin on the right with some good runs, and Swankie looking dangerous up front for the visitors.

Arbroath were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute when Fusco’s foul on Sibanda was judged to be inside the box, despite protests from the Brechin players, management and fans that it was outside.

Doris made no mistake from the spot for the visitors, powering the ball past Nelson.

Brechin never let their heads go down, however, and their efforts were rewarded in the 82nd minute when Malcolm’s heavy shoulder-charge on Janczyk in the six yard box led to the referee pointing to the spot. Substitute McManus cooly placed the ball into the net from the spot to bring Brechin back on level terms.

With the game looking to be headed for a draw, Brechin were hit with a sucker punch two minutes from time.

Gavin Swankie went on a surging run on the left-hand side, before cutting in and curling the ball into the far corner of the net, leaving Nelson helpless and giving Arbroath a memorable victory.

Brechin City - Nelson, McLean, Smith, Buist, Dunlop, Crawford, Fusco, Janczyk, McKenna (Hodge), Lister and Weir (McManus)

Arbroath - Hill, Baxter, McAnespie (Brown), Malcolm, Busch, Falkingham, Kerr, Gibson (Ardallany), Sheerin (Sibanda), Doris and Swankie.

Attendance - 911.