Berwick Rangers 2-0 East Stirling

Lee Currie celebrates his goal against East Stirling.
Lee Currie celebrates his goal against East Stirling.

Berwick, with only one win in their last ten league games, secured a much-needed victory over East Stirling at a wind-swept Shielfield.

Darren Lavery and Lee Currie scored the goals, but to some extent they were helped with the second half sending off of ex-Berwick players Michael Bolochoweckyj and David Greenhill after 75 and 80 minutes respectively.

Both were shown straight red cards by referee Colin Steven, who also flashed six yellow.

Conditions dictated that this was a game of few chances.

In the first half both sides struggled to contend with the windy conditions and Rangers, kicking against the elements, had to rely on the break.

Lavery gave them the lead after ten minutes when he burst through the middle, shrugged off a challenge from a defender and fired low past goalkeeper Grant Hay.

For Shire, who had lost their previous six matches, this was a severe blow.

They tried to respond, but the few efforts they created were from distance, although Berwick keeper Billy Bald looked less than comfortable at times.

They did manage to get the ball in the net on one occasion, with a header from a free kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

The closest the visitors came to equalising was right on the half-time whistle when a free kick was only cleared as far as Greenhill, who lifted the ball over the bar from the edge of the box.

After the break the game was littered with yellow cards and stoppages. The sending offs for two fouls on the edge of the box, took the sting out of Shire and Rangers captain Currie sealed the victory with his side’s second goal in the 88th minute, turning in a Josh Morris cross from the right after beating his man on the edge of the box.

After the game, Currie said this was ‘a massive win’ for Berwick, who despite their recent run, still only find themselves four points off fourth place in the table.

“We won ugly,” said manager Ian Little, “but I’ll take the three points and move on.”

Berwick: Bald, Jacobs, Gielty, Dunlop, Hoskins, Currie, Ronald (O’Brien 63), Notman, Dalziel (Morris 87), Lavery, Gray.

Bookings; Currie 37 foul; Dunlop 66 foul; Dalziel 69 foul;

East Stirling:Hay McGregor, McGowan, Townsley, Bolochoweckyj, Thomson (Glasgow 71), O’Donoghue, Greenhill, Turner (Tapping 76), Quinn (Wright 71), McKechnie.

Bookings: Greenhill 17 foul; Quinn 53 foul; McKechnie 70 foul; Bolochoweckyj 75 sent off foul;

Referee: Colin Steven.

Attendance: 361.