Phil Addison'Berwick Rangers v Rangers
Phil Addison'Berwick Rangers v Rangers

Berwick manager John Coughlin was full of praise for his players after they recorded their second successive win with a last gasp victory at Hampden on Saturday.

Coughlin said his players had been ‘very patient’ in waiting for the victory, which was not achieved until striker Darren Lavery hit an injury time winner.

“The conditions were far from ideal,” said Coff. “It rained throughout the match, and both sides struggled to contend with the pitch and the elements.

“In earlier games this season we might have folded, but lately we have shown a bit of resolve, and our patience paid off with Darren popping up to hit the winner in the 91st minute, just when it looked like the match was going to end in a draw.”

Queen’s Park had the better of the early exchanges. Berwick failed to register a single shot at goal in the first half, but at the break it remained 0-0.

Early in the second half midfielder Ryan Stevenson was introduced for his debut in place of Dwayne Coultress, and he was to play a telling part in the winning goal, creating the opening for Lavery to fire low into the centre of the goal from inside the box.

Play was more open in the second half and Rangers’ David Morris went close with a shot which was saved by Muir in the bottom corner.

Ewan McNeil then had a shot blocked, whilst at the other end Ryan Hynes shot wide.

It looked as if the game was going to end goalless, but with literally the last kick of the game, and with his first shot at goal in the match, striker Lavery stole victory for Berwick.

“It was a very welcome win,” admitted Coughlin. “A couple of weeks ago I said I couldn’t see where the next win was coming from and we needed to get more steel into our play. We have played a lot better since then and that makes it two wins in a row now.

“We will try to make it three this weekend when we face leaders Annan this weekend.”