It was fitting that Brechin City ended their incredible run of form with a win over Forfar Athletic, mirroring the result that started their resurgence.
A 4-0 romp over their rivals in midweek kicked off City’s stunning series of results that culminated in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Station Park.
Darren Dods’ side picked up eight wins out of their last 10 games - including those bookending victories over the Loons - to stave off relegation and finish an incredible seventh in League One.
Relegated Forfar finished their bitterly disappointing campaign with another defeat as Gary Bollan rightly raged about some dodgy refereeing decisions.
Of course the official’s only bias was perhaps against the rules of the game and certainly not either team, as bizarre decisions came one after another all afternoon.
Paul McLean made a tremendous block on the line to deny Ryan a certain goal on the quarter hour mark before the striker was taken out by Graeme Smith - there was no malice in the keeper’s challenge but it was undeniably a penalty kick, but the referee didn’t agree and awarded a goal kick.
Ryan received a booking for his protestations that would haunt him later on.
Darren McCormack headed City into the lead from Willie Dyer’s corner in the dying seconds of the first half.
Robert Thomson almost made it two for Brechin but Darren Hill saved superbly, then Ryan was given a second yellow for simulation - but the sound of contact being made was clear across Station Park.
Jamie Robson added a second for City late on, smashing the ball into the roof of Hill’s net, before sub Craig Molloy was sent off for a high boot on Martyn Fotheringham.
Danny Denholm then pulled one back in injury time.