Berwick Reserves were hit for six by Dundee’s combination of full timers and talented schoolboys in Monday night’s SPFL Reserve League game at Dens Park.
With the home side 4-0 up after 15 minutes, a cricket score loomed but Berwick, encouraged by Ben Miller’s graft in midfield, steadied and pulled back a goal before half time.
Dundee scored after barely 20 seconds. Steven Doris directing the ball through Billy Bald’s legs.
In the fourth minute, Bald’s feet stopped Craig Wighton’s shot but Matthew Allan whipped the return ball into the net.
The prodigious Wighton, a Scotland Under 17 cap, then scored twice within two minutes and Rangers were rocking.
He netted with two perfectly struck shots, either side of the Berwick keeper.
Berwick’s first chance arose when Miller switched play to the right from where Owen Ronald crossed but Josh Morris flashed his header wide. The visitors scored when a determined Dean Carse shrugged off Kerr before beating keeper Twardzik from the edge of the box.
Berwick’s improvement continued after the break. Greig Tulloch put Morris through on the hour but Twardzik saved his shot. Ronald sent a fast, low ball across the front of goal which Tulloch missed by inches.
However, Rangers’ hardworking defence was flatfooted on 76 minutes and Carlo Monti fired home from 12 yards. Monti, a prolific scorer with Pollock Juniors last season, got another 8 minutes from time with an audacious chip from 18 yards.
When Boyle cut in towards goal, Ross Brady stopped him with a copybook tackle before Tulloch pounced on a loose ball to score a well earned second goal for Berwick seconds from time.
Berwick Rangers Reserves: Bald, Saunderson ( Hay 46 ), Gill ( Brady 75 ), Elliot, Fairbairn, Miller ( Anderson 78 ), C.Scott, Ronald, Carse, Morris, G.Tulloch