Brechin City moved to the top of the Ladbrokes League One table after a hard-fought but deserved 3-2 victory over Airdrie at Glebe Park.
City grabbed an early lead after just nine minutes when Andy Jackson collected the ball just within the penalty area and passed to Ross Caldwell who fired in a shot which was blocked by the home defence, but the ball fell nicely for Ally Love who slotted the ball past Rohan Ferguson in the Diamonds goal.
City then suffered a real blow in the 33rd minute when goalkeeper Graeme Smith was injured in a collision and although he played on for a further few minutes after receiving treatment, he had to leave the field to be replaced by Paddy O’Neil.
Airdrie then pushed forward in an effort to grab the equaliser and it came eight minutes before the break when a great ball was played through to Andy Ryan and he wasted no time in firing a low drive past O’Neil.
The visitors started the second-half brightly with O’Neil being called into action twice within the first few minutes bringing off two quick saves in succession to deny the Diamonds’ Adam Brown.
City though weathered this spell of pressure and they pushed forward and scored what appeared to be a good goal in the 63rd minute when Jackson drilled a low shot past Ferguson.
City’s delight turned to agony however with the stand side linesman raising his flag for what appeared to be an inexplicable offside decision.
The hosts were not to be denied though, and Jackson from virtually the same position fired another low drive past Ferguson five minutes later.
City’s joy however was again short-lived with the Diamonds equalising for the second time three minutes later when full-back Scott Stewart appeared on the blind side of the home defence to glance a header past O’Neil.
Brechin didn’t let their heads go down and they again pushed forward in an effort to find the winner and it arrived 12 minutes from time when Love collected the ball wide on the right and flighted a great cross into the Diamonds’ box with Dougie Hill rising high to net the winner.