REPORT: Scott Shepherd strikes late to secure huge point for Brechin City

Photo by Derek Watt.
Photo by Derek Watt.

A late strike from Falkirk loanee Scott Shepherd earned Brechin City a share of the spoils against Cowdenbeath.

But the Glebe Park men were rightly aggrieved not to have taken all three points from the visit of the Blue Brazil.

City should have had the lead after a minute as Lewis Spence cut into the box after nice play between David Weatherston and Andy Jackson - the midfielder’s shot was blocked before Robert Thomson’s effort from the rebound was cleared off the line by Kenny Adamson.

But the Blue Brazil were to take the lead six minutes later, Chris Kane heading the ball past Graeme Smith after meeting Declan McDaid’s lovely driven free kick.

Robert Thomson had a couple of chances at an equaliser either side of McDaid drawing a decent low save from Smith with a tidy, driven effort to the near post.

Thomson had the fans celebrating on the half hour when his shot from the edge of the box billowed the net, but it had only hit the side netting.

Jonathon Tiffoney went one better nine minutes later though with City piling on the pressure; Weatherston fired the ball into the box and after a scramble, Tiffoney was able to bundle the ball over the line.

The cross was Weatherston’s last action as he was taken off injured and replaced by Shepherd.

Greig Spence then pulled a brilliant save out of Smith with a tidy volley before Jackson’s low shot was blocked by the hand of a fallen defender - the referee waved play-on amidst the cries of the home players.

City should have taken the lead after the break as Jackson hit the post from a few yards out, with Thomson getting another good shot saved by Grant Adam.

Dods played his side into bother when he let a long ball go beyond him but Spence was right on his heel, and only quick thinking from Smith stopped a certain goal.

Jackson then went close with a glancing header from Willie Dyer’s cross, but Adam saved.

Sub Ross Caldwell then went close with a header of his own before the away side took the lead in gratuitous circumstances.

Dean Brett cut inside from the right and played a curling cross into the box, and while nobody claimed the enticing delivery the late bounce of the ball confused Smith, who fumbled the ball over the line despite getting a hand to it - a real sickener for Smith who had made umpteen wonderful saves during the afternoon.

But Brechin rallied and peppered the Cowdenbeath box with several shots on goal.

They left it right ‘til the death though as substitute Shepherd secured the draw in the 94th minute, firing inside the near post with a stunning finish.