Berwick fielded a largely Reserves-based side on Tuesday against Lowland League opponents who won the right to contest this City Cup Final by winning the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.
Yet, there was sufficient senior team experience in Rangers’ ranks, coupled with a dominant first half performance, to suggest they would reverse a 4-2 pre-season first team defeat to Whitehill at Rosewell.
Dean Carse, playing out wide, was animated all night, if sometimes guBerwick fielded a largely Reserves-based side on Tuesday against Lowland League opponents who won the right to contest this City Cup Final by winning the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup. ilty of over-elaboration. Kenny O’Brien proved a handful in the opening 45 minutes. He put Berwick ahead after 14, weaving past a line of players before beating Bryan Young with a 25 yard shot.
Even before this, two good chances went begging forJosh Morris and Greig Tulloch.
Whitehill fans were bemoaning their side’s lack of penetration until two crosses from Andy Martin offered promise. The first found Wayne McIntosh who had Michael Andrews at full stretch to tip his shot on the turn over the bar. Andrews couldn’t reach the second but O’Brien was back to boot away the ball for another corner.
Welfare equalised on 62 minutes, Andrew Kidd taking his chance well from 12 yards. Ten minutes later, left winger Wayne Sproule beat two men and banged the ball home even though slightly off balance.
As the pace quickened, Young made a flying one-handed save from Morris.
Sproule was giving Jack Downie a tough time and ended another run with a shot deflected beyond the far post. McIntosh had a chance to wrap it up after put through by Kerr Dodds but his aim was too high even to beat the tall Andrews. However, the visitors held on to deservedly take the Cup back to Midlothian.
Berwick Rangers: Andrews, Downie, Hoskins, Elliot, Dunlop, Turner, Carse, O’Brien, Morris, G.Tulloch (Anderson 75), Gill