Beaten finalists last season, Berwick Reserves bowed out of this year’s King Cup competition at Meadowbank Stadium.
A solitary goal from Mark Torrance was enough to give their Lowland League hosts victory though Reserves’ assistant coach Jimmy Rae, in charge for the day, felt his side, who play at two levels lower, did enough to warrant the tie going to extra time.
City were undoubtedly the better team in the first half knocking the ball about quickly and confidently. They scored in the 17th minute, the first goal conceded by the Reserves in four matches.
Rangers lost Jack Downie with an eye injury after 35 minutes by which time they had adopted a more conventional 4:4:2 formation.
This reshuffle was a factor in them going on to dominate the second period but luck eluded them even in the final 20 minutes when they really had their feet on the gas. Josh Morrisheaded a Kenny O’Brien ball past the post and near the end, worked his way between City’s two centre backs only to see his shot slide the wrong side of the upright.
There was more drama to come with the 90th minute dismissal of sub Ryan Scanlan after words to the referee. Berwick were bemused by some of the official’s judgements and Rae was ordered away from the technical area midway through the second half.
Berwick Res: McMullen, Saunderson, Elliot, Gill, Downie (Turner 35), Brady, Anderson, Miller, O’Brien, Morris, G.Tulloch (Scanlan 70).