Molloy goal secures all three points

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

Brechin City welcomed Ayr United to Glebe Park, with the home side looking to put some distance between themselves and the relegation play-off spot.

City had a great start to the match, taking the lead after just seven minutes through Robert Thomson, who showed a deft touch to turn in a Darren Petrie cross at the near post.

City performed well in the first half, and although they created some great opportunities, they saw out the first half with a one goal lead.

City looked sure to double their lead 10 minutes in to the second half, when Thomson burst though on goal with just David Hutton in goal to beat, however the assistant referee flagged for offside.

Michael Moffat had Ayr’s best chance of the game to date in the 57th minute, when he shot from a tight angle, but Smith was on hand to dive to his left to deny Ayr.

City increased their lead through a sublime Craig Molloy shot in the 67th minute with Molly curling the ball in to the top right hand corner from just outside the box.

Ayr pulled a goal back in the 75th minute, when Alan Forrest battled in to the box to net a low, hard shot.

Alan Trouten looked certain to make it 3-1 in the 86th minute, but somehow Ayr were able to deflect the ball just wide of the post.

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