Berwick Rangers Res 1-0 Burntisland Shipyard

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Suspended first teamer Paul Currie played for the Reserves but the home players who caught the eye were James Elliot, Ross Brady and Kenny O’Brien.

Burntisland centre forward Keith Buckley posed an early threat but Elliot went on to keep the former Berwick Reserve firmly under wraps. Brady was his usual busy self whilst O’Brien was rewarded for 90 minutes’ graft with the only goal of the game in the 64th minute.

Three early chances fell to the Shipyard, the first when Buckley rode two tackles on his way into the box but his final shot was harmless.

A goal seemed imminent when Burntisland keeper Mikey Couser spilled the ball on the ground but neither Dean Carse nor Ryan Scanlan, both in close proximity, could take advantage. Scanlan had three serious cracks at goal during the first half, his second easily the most dangerous, but when the teams went in still level at half time, it was a fair reflection of first half play.

In the second half, Berwick struggled to get behind the visitors’ deep lying back four and there was an element of luck about the goal. Carse swung the ball across field to O’Brien out on the right. Whether it was a cross or a shot, it didn’t matter. The midfielder’s ball into the penalty area was missed by everybody and blew into the far corner of Couser’s net.

A move featuring O’Brien and Lewis Turner ended with Currie disappointed to see his close range effort deflected for a corner. The same happened to a 25 yard drive from Burntisland’s Kevin Masson. The visitors’ best chance of an equaliser arose when Jamie Fyfe set up fellow substitute Grant Blyth for an angled strike but the ball ran across the front of goal before rolling out of play.

In the last minute, the wind helped a long Berwick free kick land deep inside Shipyard territory with Couser’s knees denying O’Brien a second goal from two yards out.

Berwick Reserves: McMullen, Turner, Gill, Saunderson, Elliot, O’Brien, Brady, P.Currie, Carse ( Graham 82 ), G.Tulloch, Scanlan ( Anderson 59 )