Penalties aplenty in City’s final match

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

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Brechin City welcomed Stenhousemuir to their final league game of the season.

The Warriors had a slim chance of reaching the promotion play-off heading in to the match, with all three points required and needing Ayr to lose.

The visitors got of to the dream start when they were awarded a penalty in the 13 minutes, after the referee had deemed Garry Kenneth to handball in the box.

A shot from Darren Smith bobbled in the box and appeared to strike the hand of Kenneth - who had is back to the ball and no way of moving in time.

John Gemmell stepped up to take the spot kick and duly buried the ball in the back of the net.

Just minutes later, the visitors had an appeal for a second penalty, this time Darren Petrie challenge a player in the box. The referee waived off protects, but it looked more likely to be a penalty than the spot kick he gave.

City looked to have pulled themselves level in the 39th minute, when Bobby Barr skipped past the defence, but his effort his off the bar before it was cleared by Stenhousemuir.

Brechin City were awarded a penalty in the 52 minute after Andy Jackson was brought down in the box by keeper Wallace Smith - who was shown a red card.

Substitute ‘keeper Dean Shaw came of the bench for Darren Smith and his first touch of the ball was when he picked it out of the net after Alan Trouten had fired home his spot kick to equalise.

City’s didn’t have much time to make their man advantage count as a less than 10 minutes later, Stenhousemuir were awarded their second spot kick after Kenneth brought down Greenhalgh in the box. The centre back was also shown a red card, bring both sides down to 10 men.

Gemmell stepped up to take his second spot kick and the result was the same, putting Stenny 2-1 up.

Spurred on by their second spot kick, the visitors increased their lead in the 70th minute, this time Greenhalgh tapping in from close range.

City looked sure to have scored a second in the final 10 minutes of the match, but Stenhousemuir cleared the ball of the line to deny them a second.

Despite Stenhousemuir securing the win at Glebe Park, their efforts meant little given Ayr United’s comprehensive win over East Fife.