Berwick let lead slip to ruin play-off hopes

Berwick's Andy McLean was sent off
Berwick's Andy McLean was sent off

BERWICK RANGERS 3, ELGIN CITY 3: Berwick’s play-off hopes are virtually over after they squandered a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes left at Shielfield. The draw leaves Ian Little’s men six points behind Elgin with just two games left.

The concession of two late goals was compounded by the red card shown to defender Andy McLean three minutes from time for two bookable offences.

Buoyed by a 5-0 home win over champions Alloa Athletic, Berwick could not have asked for a better start. It took just 20 seconds for Kevin McDonald’s strike to open the scoring.

Elgin equalised in the 23rd minute when Mark Durnan converted Paul Millar’s cross.

But Berwick regained the lead through Jordon Forster header on the stroke of half time and extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Stuart Noble’s stunning strike from 30 yards found the net.

But Elgin fought back with two goals in three minutes. First Jason Crooks pulled a goal back in the 75th minute, before Craig Gunn snatched an equaliser.

cLean was dismissed for the home side for picking up two yellow cards with three minutes left.

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Berwick Rangers: Bejaoui, Notman, Forster, McLean, McGlinchey, McDonald, Greenhill (Miller 78), Currie, Ross Gray (McLaren 84), Handling, Noble. Subs Not Used: Barclay, Ferguson, Walker.

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Sent Off: McLean (87). Booked: McLean. Goals: McDonald 1, Forster 45, Noble 53.