Match Report - By Steven Mew
At the third time of asking, Brechin City's trip to the far south west to face Stranraer paid the ultimate dividend of a vital 3 points in a dramatic finish which will put a smile on the face of anyone of a Brechin City persuasion.
Two very late goals secured the points for the Glebe Parkers who succeeded in extending the current unbeaten run to 5 games and saw the equally pleasing stat of a third clean sheet in 4 matches.
Manager Barry Smith started with the teamsheet looking identical to that which saw City secure a confidence-inducing victory at East Fife on Saturday.
In an even first half, chances fell to both sides and, just as it looked as if half-time would arrive goal-less, City had the ball in the net through a terrific Dougie Hill header - but it was chalked off as Lewis Toshney was deemed to have got the final touch from an offside position.
Both sides continued to create chances in the second half, with the home side looking perhaps slightly the more likely as the game progressed. City's biggest scare was when a slip from Lewis Toshney let home striker Joao Pereira Vitoria a clear run in on goal. With Paddy O'Neil also slipping, the opening goal appeared inevitable before Toshney re-appeared and produced an incredible challenge to rob the homesters of the chance.
The most significant events of the evening didn't arrive until after the stopwatch had ticked into the 90th minute. A corner from Tam Scobbie was met by ANDY JACKSON whose first-time effort hit the back of the net amidst joyous scenes from the City players. 'Jacko', who had run himself into the ground in the manner City fans recognise, was immediately replaced by Ryan McGeever in a bid to protect the precious lead throughout added time.
However, better was to come when St Mirren loanee Sam Jamieson gathered possession and allowed City to break upfield by finding CRAIG THOMSON. The January recruit from East Fife continued to endear himself to the City faithful by blasting down the right wing before cutting inside and shooting past the home keeper Lyle Avci from a tight angle - and in doing so scoring his first goal for The Club.
Game over - and a crucial 3-point haul would be heading north.
City welcome Airdrieonians to Glebe Park on Saturday and Montrose on Tuesday - and will approach both matches with a renewed confidence following 2 fine victories on the road.