Written by NoNotOne
Brechin City 3 Rangers 4
After a week when we got Bored from waiting for League action after the Dunfermline game was postponed for little or no reason, and very Bored by the dysfunctional and self destructive in fighting nature of the current and wannabe Ibrox Board members we ended up with some football that had at it’s heart some very base comedy, Bawdy in a farcial way with if the kids will forgive me some nostalgia, some ‘Carry On’ silliness thrown in for good measure and all crammed into just 90 minutes give or take a bit of injury time.
This is one of those rare days when on leaving a football ground you are slightly stunned by what you can’t quite believe you have witnessed. Your pre-match expectations are blown away and you need the bewildered conformation of the people you went with to confirm that it did really happen.
First of all did you witness a 7 goal thriller ? Did Rangers really receive 7 yellow cards, and after all that are Rangers really still 100% with played 9 won 9…… The answer is YES.
But that is the tip of the iceberg, you also want to know if it was true Brechin were 2-0 up in 10 minutes how did it happen, and then having got one back did Rangers then go 3-1 down, and before half time if you please. Then did you see a late winner, and the home side have a man sent off presumably because the referee Mr Charleston had no more room on his yellow or should that be dance card after flashing it a dozen times to any player who happened to be in his vicinity.
Although Rangers fans will have a soft spot for Glebe Park as it was where their club played their first game as a non ‘top flight’ team in last year’s Ramsden’s Cup 1st round tie, they will also recall that was a difficult day and so it proved again as The Home side’s Captain Hay was left unmarked to head past Cammy Bell. With Rangers fans barely able to take it in and still fascinated by the famous Glebe Park pitch-side hedge it was 2-0 after a finely executed free-kick from Brown.
The only positive note for Rangers at this point was that Brechin had seemingly scored too early, even if in this case it was two too early and that optimism of a comeback seemed justified as after Andy Little had headed narrowly wide Big John Daly did halve the deficit when he latched on to a long ball and scored past Keeper Graeme Smith.
Parity was almost achieved after Captain Lee McCulloch put a chance wide after the aforementioned Smith had spilled an Ian Black free kick.
But then more wide eyed amazement and surreal feelings swept around the ground as Brechin restored their two goal lead after Trouten picked up a loose ball and shot past Bell.
Half Time Brechin City 3 Rangers 1……time to call for King Billy, also Nicky Clark took the place of Crawford.
Without doubt Rangers fans were still sure the team could turn the deficit around but some had doubts when Smith denied Little early in the 2nd half, but then hope sprang forth when the profilic Billy Mohsni poked the ball home to demonstrate once again he is more than just a centre half.
The equaliser came from Nicky Law although not from a shot but a cross that evaded everyone including Smith and victory seemed certain for Rangers from the 3-3 point. Nobody told substitute Barr who narrowly dragged a shot wide then Molloy headed against the bar and Brechin were to rue their bad luck.
It was Nicky Clark who finally put Rangers ahead for the first time in the match when he got on the end of a Templeton cross with just 5 minutes left to send the travelling hoards into a dazed state of delight.
There was still time for Mr Charleston to book Trouten for a 2nd time and send him off which seemed harsh after the days events, but living up to his fun loving dance surname he spent the afternoon doing regular semaphore signals with his yellow card maybe the list below shows he has a secret liking for seeing his little yellow square against a Light Blue background. This list also gives rise to one of the final questions that fans leaving the ground still wondering if they had just dreamt the match set out before them and that is how come Ally managed to substitute the only 3 outfield players not to get booked ?
2 Foster Booked
3 Smith Booked
10 MacLeod (Templeton – 80′ )
5 Mohsni Booked
6 McCulloch Booked
4 Crawford (Clark – 45′ )
8 Black Booked
9 Daly Booked
7 Little (Hutton – 86′ )
11 Law Booked
Call me a cynic but I think these 7 bookings in one match may see some comment in the mhedia, and probably a disciplinary hearing at Hampden with suitable financial penalties no doubt….but heck what do I know.
So a stunning match up ends, and all but the final question below has been answered in the affirmative, and now it is documented, I doubt if there will be many games like this on the road back to the top, but we will all remember this one, even if we can’t quite believe that it actually happened before our very eyes.
The final question those fans leaving this remarkable match………When will the SPFL decide amongst its many suitors and bestow upon them the honour of sponsoring the thrill a minute football league they run ?