BERWICK RANGERS RES 0, HIBERNIAN RES 1
Berwick Reserves’ coach Mark Lamb was pleased with the way his team competed against the favourites for this season’s EOSL first division title and felt they were unlucky not to take a point.
As the game wore on, it looked as if a draw would be the outcome, but a goal ten minutes from time secured a visitors’ victory.
Hibs realised Ross Gray could be their biggest threat and after an early mazy run, they kept close tabs on him. In the closing stages, Gray twice escaped their clutches and seemed destined to level the score.
Jordyn Gill found Shaun Meikle with a long crossfield ball. Meikle played it inside to Gray whose angled shot ran agonisingly inches outside the far post.
Gray was then through on his own. Keeper Kletan Perntreou showed he could deal with more than the inordinate number of back passes he received in the first half, timing to perfection his snatching of the ball off Gray’s toes.
First half scoring chances were limited, though Hibs’ Jay Boyle twice hit the woodwork. Billy Bald rose above a ruck of players to tip away David Paul’s 15th minute corner and later, saved an Aaron Dunsmore shot at his near post.
Perntreou was called into serious action after Gray fed Greig Tulloch, whose shot was saved. Seconds later, he used one hand to deal with a Lewis Turner cross.
Jonny fairbairn and Jordan Davidson broke up dangerous attacks with timely sliding tackles as Hibs kicked off the second half with a flourish. Bald won applause for a great save from Max Todd.
Hibs scored the only goal of the game when the unmarked Euan Smith was allowed to advance. Bald could only parry his shot and the lurking Todd netted with ease.
In the time left Rangers pressed strongly sending on 6’ 6” Steven Bennett in the unaccustomed role of attacker in an attempt to gain aerial superiority, but even with a Turner corner they couldn’t cash in.
Berwick Res: Bald, Finlayson, Gill (Bennett 84), Davidson, Fairbairn, Elliot (Trialist 72), Brady, Anderson (Meikle 50), G Tulloch, Turner, Gray.