Tough task for City in second leg of play-offs

Callum Tapping made an appearance from the bench.

Callum Tapping made an appearance from the bench.

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Brechin City will have it all to do if they are to progress to the Championship play-off final, following a 2-0 defeat at home to Alloa Athletic last night (Wednesday).

The Wasps netted twice in the second half in the first leg of the semi-finals, as they look to maintain their Championship status.

The visitors threatened for most of the match, with Kyle Benedictus shooting just wide of the target after 19 minutes.

Michael Chopra came close three minutes later, but he too pulled his effort wide.

Graeme Smith saved well from Mark Docherty in the 27th minute, following his powerful strike from 25 yards out.

Chances for Brechin were few and far between, with Colin Hamilton strike from distance in the 31st minute their first real attempt - but his effort was wide of the target.

Smith pulled off an incredible save just before half time. A Docherty free kick was met by a glancing header from Iain Flannigan and look goalbound, until Smith tipped the ball out for a corner.

Half-time: Brechin City 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

The visitors finally took the lead in the 55th minute. A Ryan McCord cross was brought down in the box by Liam Buchanan for a simple tap in for Michael Chopra.

As City fought to get back into the game, manager Ray McKinnon introduced Callum Tapping for Alan Trouten in the 71st minute, and he made an immediate impact.

A well timed sliding challenge ensure he retained the ball on the wing, and he then whipped in a fantastic cross that flashed across the face of goal, just evading a final touch convert it.

Jamie Masson had a shot easily saved by John Gibson in the 86th minute as City tried to net an equaliser.

It looked like City would be on the end of a narrow defeat, but there was sting in the tale as The Wasps netted a second goal in the final moments of the match. Flannigan’s free kick in the 90th minute hit the City wall and deflected out for a corner. Flannigan whipped in the ball, and Benedictus headed home.

The second leg takes place this Saturday (May 9) at The Indodrill Stadium in Alloa. Brechin City Supporters’ Club are running a bus to the match. The bus will leave St Ninian’s Square at 11 a.m. To book a seat on the bus, contact 07547 552209.