Ten man City defeat Stirling

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Brechin welcomed Stirling to Glebe Park tonight (Tuesday) in their rearranged league fixture, and claimed victory despite having Colin Hamilton sent off.

Stirling had the first decent chance of the match after 11 minutes when Steven Doris nipped round the back of the City defence to cut the ball back to Alexander Cunningham in the box. However, he managed to massively skew his shot, with the ball swerving away from the goal.

Two minutes later, Gary Fusco ran on to a lose ball and blasted a low effort towards goal, but the midfielder couldn’t find the target.

In the 24th minute, Cunningham came close to taking the lead for Stirling when he shot from just inside the box, but Graeme Smith was quick to react and made a great block to deny him.

City took the lad two minutes later, with Robert Thomson firing an unstoppable effort in to the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

In the second half, it was City who threatened first in the 52nd minute, with Jamie Masson played a superb pass to Bobby Barr, who teed up a shot only to see his effort closed down by Callum Reidford in the Stirling goal.

Stirling were awarded a penalty just a minute later after Colin Hamilton was deemed to have handled a Gordon Smith shot in the box - and the referee swiftly issued a red card. Smith stepped up tot take the spot kick, but Graeme Smith dived low to his right to deny the striker.

City made a change moments later, with Paul Mclean replacing Robert Thomson, and it proved a shrewd change with McLean heading home City’s second goal of the night with his first touch in the 56th minute.

Stirling made sure it was a nervy few minutes for City when Graham Weir headed home from a James Creaney cross in the 86th minute.

However City defended to a man to make sure all three points stayed at Glebe Park.