If the food Carlos Mazana serves up in the Glasgow City centre restaurant that employs him is as tasty as the last gasp leveller that earned his team a point at Ochilview on Saturday, diners are in for a treat.
The Warriors had surrendered a first half lead to be 2 – 1 down with seconds remaining when the Spaniard let fly from the edge of the box following a short corner and the ball screamed past a stunned Graeme Smith to bulge the net.
After needlessly apologising for his English the 24 year old told Heraldsport, “I only had one thing on my mind when I saw the ball coming my way and just hit it.
“I caught it very well and I was delighted to see it go in.
“I am very happy to get my first senior goal for the club, but disappointed we did not win the game as I thought, especially in the first half, we played well.”
The midfielder is from Barcelona and grinned when he said his dream would be to play for his home town club, but is happy to settle for a more mundane immediate future.
“I played in pre-season friendlies here and was delighted to be offered a contract. I’m really enjoying it and have been made welcome, so the next aim is to prepare for the Peterhead (Petrofac Cup quarter final) game next week.”
The Catalan’s strike might well prove vital come next May, but for the first 45 minutes maximum returns looked more likely for the Ochilview team.
Brown Ferguson’s squad put their disappointing defeat away to Albion Rovers the previous week behind them and battered Brechin from the start.
Stephen Stirling hit a cracker just wide and Fraser Eddington glanced a header inches past before the homesters were shocked in the 19th minute.
City’s Robert Thomson was racing away from goal in his team’s first foray into the box when Janie Barclay had a rush of blood to the head.
Thomson was brought crashing down in the box, but the minder redeemed himself when after being booked he blocked Willie Dyer’s penalty with his feet.
Barclay’s save was appreciated by his team-mates who went on to open the scoring just after the half hour mark.
It was a counter of sublime quality. After a neat passage of play Mark Gilhaney crossed from the right and when Fraser Eddington took the central defenders away with a near post run, Alan Cook raced in at the back to bullet the ball into the rigging from eight yards.
The home team remained on top to the interval, but the restart saw a more determined City team and they hemmed in their hosts for large periods and it would be churlish to argue they did not deserve their leveller in the 71st minute.
Deserved it may have been, but it was shambolic defending nevertheless that caused it to happen.
A hopeful long ball down the middle was missed by Stuart Malcolm’s head and Dene Shields ran in behind to slot past Barclay.
Four minutes later the visitors went ahead when after another mix-up in the Warriors box sub David Weatherston swept home from close range and a point looked like a remote possibility.
Ferguson’s men do not lack fighting qualities, however, and had gradually got back on top when Mazana emerged to nick a valuable point.
“At the moment I am full of mixed emotions,” boss Ferguson said in the immediate aftermath, “On the one hand I am pleased to have got a point when we were down so late, but on the other, disappointed we could not do better after going in front and playing with real purpose.
“Frustration is another word, frustration at losing two terrible goals, but I cannot fault the attitude of the team as they again battled on to the end.”
“Bomber” stepped back from his obvious annoyance to praise Manzana’s goal, “It was a terrific finish” he said, “He has that in his locker and you can see it in training. It got us a point and Brechin will go on to prove they are a better side than their league position suggests.
“I am disappointed at the moment, but there is no doubt the performance today was a world away from the one at Coatbridge last week and it’s that inconsistency we have to eradicate.”