Ronald stars in Berwick victory

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MUSSELBURGH ATHLETIC 1 BERWICK RANGERS 2

Berwick Rangers came from a goal down to beat Juniors Musselburgh Athletic at Olivebank on Tuesday.

Though billed as a friendly - their last before their opening Ramsden’s Cup fixture this weekend - this was played like a competitive match with the home side picking up two bookings in the process.

Berwick included three of the trialists who played against Forfar Athletic on Saturday, including new signing Owen Ronald, and he was to have a major impact on the game by creating one goal and scoring the other.

Musselburgh made a lively start but one of the trialists and Stevie Notman were unlucky to see shots flash just wide before the hosts scored from the penalty spot.

Jonny Fairbairn pushed Stevie Thomson near the edge of the box and Michael McKenna’s kick went in off the inside of a post past the diving Billy Bald.

Fairbairn almost made amends with a powerful header from Damien Gielty’s free kick but was a shade too high.

A snappier second half display in a thunderstorm and torrential rain ensured a Berwick victory with two goals in three minutes early on.

Ross Brady reacted quickly for the first after Ronald cut along the bye-line and the provider then turned goalscorer himself when he fired Rangers in front with a well struck shot following a short corner.

As Berwick upped the pace Kenny O’Brien went close twice before one of the trialists slammed one off a post after taking on three players, and late in the game substitute Scott Dalziel was also nlucky when he saw a shot from distance tipped over the top by the home keeper.

Manager Ian Little must have been well pleased with this performance, giving the team confidence ahead of Saturday.

Berwick: Bald, Trialist, Gielty, Fairbairn, Tulloch, Notman, Ronald, Miller (Brady 46), Morris (Dalziel 62), Trialist, Gray ((O,Brien 62).