Saturday February 23, 2013 Day 25 Finished

Berwick Rangers 1 - 3 Rangers

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    Time:90'
    • Berwick Rangers
    • Rangers
    • 90+4' Final whistle sounds in the snow! And that is a 3-1 win for the runaway Third Division leaders at a freezing Shielfield Park. Job done for Ally McCoist's men.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on here.
    • 88' Argyriou catches Carse with a late one out wide. Currie throws over the free-kick, but McLaren drifts offside in the drifting snow.
    • 87' Fraser Aird is going to arrvive here to take over from Templeton. Freezing conditions in Berwick.
    • 86' Faure across to knock the ball out of play with McLaren on the move for the home side. Rangers going to make a change here.
    • 85' Snow begins to drive down over Berwick. Rain, snow, sleet and sun. Have had it all today in the English town. Typical Scottish weather.
    • 84' Hegarty and Brydon being spoken to by the referee. Bit of jostling in the box. At least Ally McCoist can have a smile on the sidelines. Surely Rangers have done their work for the day not.
    • 83' Another vital challenge by Black to prevent McLaren from hitting the net with a volley. That looked to be a certain goal if the Rangers midfielder didn't get there in time. Excellent work by Black.
    • 82' Currie with this corner for Berwick. Rangers not overly convincing in dealing with the danger, but they do just enough to clear the ball.
    • 81' And another chance for the home side as O'Brien nods over the bar from five yards out after a mishit Hoskins shot. Golden opportunities squandered by Ian Little's men.
    • 80' Faure doing just enough to deflect a Carse effort wide of goal. What a chance that is! Berwick should have scored there.
    • 79' Ross Perry back on the bench looking at the action. Not sure if he has broken his nose. Let's hope not. One of the joys of being a central defender.
    • 78' Currie back doing some stout defensive work to halt the run of Black. Berwick not giving up the ghost yet in this contest.
    • 77' Berwick going to make another change here as Kenny O'Brien replaces Dalziel for the part-timers.
    • 76' Hegarty grabbing the shirt of Brydon attempting to meet Currie's free-kick. Ball drops inches wide of goal. That could easily have been another penalty to the home team.
    • 75' Carse taken out late by Hegarty and the home side will have a free-kick just outside of the opposition area.
    • 74' Poor stuff by Black with the short corner-kick. Jacobs switched onto the danger as snow begins falling on a baltic Berwick.
    • 73' Argyriou tries to bound beyond Townsley and Rangers will have their latest corner-kick to be taken by Black.
    • 72' Townsley forced to snuff out a Wallace cross. Wallace has been a real problem for Berwick today. Perhaps not a huge surprise given his class.
    • 71' Former Rangers idol John Brown has apparently been named manager of Dundee after Barry Smith was sacked earlier this week. On we go here with Rangers leading 3-1.
    • 70' Brydon almost knocks the ball into his own net under pressure from Little. Decent defending in the end to track back.
    • 69' Dean Carse replaces Lavery for the home side, who face a monumental task to recover now surely.
    • 68' Argyriou manages to get the ball away from Currie's corner before Hegarty does likewise with Dalziel trying to apply some pressure seconds later.
    • 67' Four bookings in this match today. Three for Berwick and just the one for Rangers. Naismith doing well to close down Currie and Berwick have a corner.
    • 66' Hasn't been overly impressive from the visiting side, but that should just be about game, set and match for the Glasgow giants. Can't see Berwick recovering from here.
    • 65' GOAL! Faure hammers home his first goal in senior football from close range after Naismith headed Templeton's corner back across goal. Poor defending by Berwick and Rangers lead 3-1.
    • 64' Little's attempted cross is blocked by Hoskins before Templeton fails to get his shot away. Brydon then doing well as Rangers earn a corner.
    • 63' Little or nothing of note happening here which will perhaps suit Berwick more than Rangers. Is all very scrappy as Hoskins tugs back Naismith. A booking for Hoskins.
    • 62' Black knocks the ball to Wallace, who ends up balooning the cross straight out of play. Poor stuff really.
    • 61' Lavery drops deeper, but loses the ball to Naismith. On we go with Rangers continuing to hold this 2-1 lead.
    • 60' Janczyk bundles Black to the deck and Rangers will have a free-kick 40 or yards from goal. Poor delivery by Wallace. And Berwick can break.
    • 59' Shiels on the dash for Rangers. McCallum helps to clear the danger before Jacobs is booked for a late sliding two-footed tackle on Naismith.
    • 58' Hutton with a late challenge on McLaren and he picks up a booking for that tackle. Was late and wild.
    • 57' The local Police are apparently studying some of the "songs" being sung by the Rangers support today. Expect to hear more on that story after this match.
    • 56' Wallace trying to lead by example for Rangers with the captain's armband. Must admit, he looks a few levels above the third division on this showing.
    • 55' Naismith drives the ball wide of goal from 25 yards. McCallum probably had that one covered.
    • 54' Meanwhile, Hutton is back on the pitch with Perry heading for an early shower. Townsley thumps a clearance out of the park. Rangers would dearly love a third goal.
    • 53' Ross Perry also in a spot of trouble. Rangers not having their troubles to seek. Faure is going to replace Perry for the visiting side.
    • 52' Hutton is dazed here. Not a good situation. A thumping blow into his head. More medics arrive on the park. Think he may have to depart the scene.
    • 51' Hutton is down on the deck here after Wallace thumps the ball against his head from close range. That ball was certainly travelling.
    • 50' Easton is off with a swollen right ankle. The Rangers fans continue to sing in the stands as Alexander thumps a long ball down the park from inside his own area.
    • 49' Fraser McLaren replaces the injured Easton for Berwick as Black lifts the ball well wide of goal inside the Berwick box.
    • 48' Naismith has replaced McKay for Rangers at the break. Naismith sees a volley deflect wide of goal. Rangers looking for a third.
    • 47' Lee Currie's free-kick from distance deflects off the wall and ends up trundling into the arms of Alexander. Perhaps a little a bit too ambitious.
    • 46' Off we go then in the second half with Rangers holding this 2-1 lead.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! Rangers fortunate to lead 2-1 at the break. Ally McCoist on the first half: "Technique from Little was wonderful for the goal, but we haven't played very well. I thought it would be a battle in the middle of the park. I won't lie to you, I'm pleased to get in at half-time one in front. We have to be better in defence."
    • 45+1' GOAL! Little meets the cross from Wallace to swivel and smash a volley into the net from eight yards. Brilliant finish by Little after Shiels had supplied Wallace. What a finish that is. Rangers lead 2-1.
    • 44' Currie sees a shot swirl narrowly past a post with Rangers failing to clear the danger from inside their own box. The wind causing a few problems for Alexander.
    • 43' Another quick Berwick break as Easton thrashes a ball across the face of goal from Dalziel's quick throw-in. Lovely move, but no takers in the middle. Rangers again caught napping.
    • 42' Perry knocks the ball away from Dalziel. Looks like we may be heading for the dressing room all level at 1-1. An offside flag signals the end of another Berwick attack.
    • 41' Little bundled to the deck by a late Brydon challenge. Perry returns to the action looking a bit worse for wear.
    • 40' Wallace throws in a long ball from some distance away, but McCallum continues to exude real class as he collects the ball.
    • 39' Black with a corner for Rangers. Breaks to McKay, but he is quickly closed down. Rangers toiling to find a way through here.
    • 38' Perry needing some treatment. Looks like a bloodied nose for him. A real sore one for the big defender as he tried to get the better of Dalziel.
    • 37' Another chance for Berwick as Perry and Hegarty collide going for a loose ball. Awful defending, but Alexander makes the stop to deny Lavery. Real let-off for Rangers.
    • 36' Brydon in ahead of Little to clear the danger. McCallum off his line to grasp another cross.
    • 35' Currie with a decent delivery. Lavery looking to get on the end of that ball, but Alexander is well positioned to collect the free-kick.
    • 34' Templeton crashes into a late tackle on teenager Easton. And that will be a free-kick to the home side. Currie going to whip this ball in.
    • 33' Argyriou dumps the ball out of play after some more potent play by Hoskins. Berwick getting some joy whenever they apply pressure to Argyriou. Little doubt about that.
    • 32' Berwick lying seventh in this division, 32 points behind the runaway league leaders. But giving as good as they are getting at the moment. Black with a poor tackle on Currie. Lucky to avoid a booking there.
    • 31' Lavery decides to unload one from 25 yards out. Just doesn't get hold of the ball. Wide of goal. And he apologises to his team-mates.
    • 30' Easton back on the park. Even in numbers and very even on the park. Berwick giving as good as they are getting with the sun suddenly breaking through the clouds.
    • 29' Rangers host East Stirling at Ibrox next weekend, but work to be done here. Gielty thumps a long ranger well wide of the visiting goal.
    • 28' Currie with a free-kick from deep, but Dalziel can't get on the end of that long ball. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 27' Little smashes a ball into the net, but the offside flag had gone up against the Northern Ireland forward. Right call by the match officials.
    • 26' Another rampaging run by Wallace into the box, but Jacobs makes a timely tackel to stop his pursuit. Rangers enjoying territorial advantage at the moment.
    • 25' Easton heads off the park for some treatment as Berwick are forced to play on with 10 men for the moment.
    • 24' Currie stops Little from inflicting any damage as he is muscled off the ball out wide. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 23' Wallace on the move for Rangers, but Brydon does enough to clear the danger. Strong piece of defending.
    • 22' Curling corner by Templeton. Very dangerous ball, but McCallum does very, very well to pluck that ball out of the air with minimal fuss. Classy piece of handling.
    • 21' Jacobs comes across to block the attempted cross by Templeton before Brydon concedes a corner.
    • 20' Argyriou looks to be in the wrong movie here. Rash decision-making has blighted his movements. Hegarty blocking the run of Lavery as Rangers try to settle themselves.
    • 19' Argyriou so fortunate to escape a penalty. Clear foul on Easton, but the referee doesn't want to know. Astonishing decision by Murray not to award a penalty. Berwick not getting the decisions here. Poor, poor stuff.
    • 18' Game finally settling into some sort of pattern. Decent challenge by Hoskins to win a header above Little in his own half.
    • 17' Another offside flag signals the end of a Rangers attack with Shiels this time wandering offside.
    • 16' Alexander again off his line to collect the loose ball with Dalziel looking dangerous on the move.
    • 15' Argyriou not exactly covering himself in glory so far as he is late on a home player, but Alexander shows his handling skills to grab the free-kick.
    • 14' Templeton throws in the free-kick, but poor delivery as McCallum comes off his line to collect the ball. Easy pickings.
    • 13' Currie goes through Shiels. Two-footed challenge by the Berwick man. Poor challenge and is correctly booked for that one.
    • 12' Calum Murray is the referee today. Not the best of starts to the day from him giving that penalty that never was. Wallace back to snuff out Jacobs as he dashed down his right flank. Alexander knocks it up the park.
    • 11' Shiels picks out McKay with a decent pass, but the shot deflects behind for a corner before Currie heads clear Black's corner.
    • 10' Brydon having to do some fine defensive work to clear a Rangers attack after a probing pass by Hutton from the middle of the park.
    • 9' Quite an eventful start to this match then. Visiting boss Ally McCoist will be happier now his side are level. Berwick continue to get the ball on the deck.
    • 8' GOAL! Shiels goes down the middle as McCallum dived to his left. We are level at 1-1. Berwick will feel hard done by. Should never have been a penalty.
    • 7' PENALTY TO RANGERS! A huge dive by Shiels, but the referee has awarded the penalty. No contact from Brydon, but the referee has bought the fall.
    • 6' Black taken out late by Dalziel in the middle of the park. A major shock to the system for Rangers. But their fans continue the singing. At least they are behind early on. Have plenty of time to recover.
    • 5' GOAL! Berwick take the lead! An own goal from Argyriou and the home side have the lead. Turned his back on the corner from Easton. And it hit off him before beating Alexander. Would you believe this?
    • 4' Lavery caught offside and Alexander can launch a long ball down the park. Be interesting to see if the Rangers goalkeeper will extend his stay at the club beyond the summer.
    • 3' Hegarty having to be right on his toes there. Berwick looking very sharp in these opening moments. What will the response be like from the visiting side? Pitch looking none too bad for such a cold snap.
    • 2' The Rangers fans in good voice early on as you would expect, but Berwick almost in for the opener as Rangers scramble it clear with Dalziel almost on the end of an Easton cross.
    • 1' Off we go then with Rangers getting the action off and running.
    • 11:55 Berwick manager Ian Little: "When we faced them down here in August it was 1-1, but we might have won 2-1 because Chris Townsley had what looked like a perfectly good goal ruled out. At Ibrox we were stunned to go 3-0 down, but we showed some character to come back to 3-2 at one stage, and that’s the sort of drive and commitment I will be looking for from the players.”
    • 11:50 A 4,500 sell-out inside Shielfield Park for this match. Kevin McDonald and Steve Notman are suspended for the home side today. Almost ready to go. Rangers with a big following down from Glasgow. Well, as big a crowd as you can expect when the ground holds less than 5,000.
    • 11:45 Rangers manager Ally McCoist: "We will never take anything for granted but we are in a great position in the league now. We will start to prepare to strengthen. It will be nice to continue our winning ways against Berwick tomorrow and get a step closer to the title. We will not have a team for next season that would be ready to play at the highest level. We will continue to take small steps. We are a proud club, with a great history. We are proud we always try to do things in the right way."
    • 11:40 Berwick should have won the last time these sides played in Berwick with Chris Townsley having a good goal disallowed in stoppage time that would have completed a 2-1 win. Rangers enjoyed a 4-2 win over the part-timers at Ibrox last month. Rangers forward Andy Little is looking to add his haul of four goals against Berwick, including the treble he bagged against them in Glasgow.
    • 11:35 Rangers make one change to their side with Emilson Cribari missing out due to illness as Ross Perry comes in. Perry last played in the 3-0 loss to Dundee United at the outset of February. Perry partners Chris Hegarty in central defence for Rangers while full-backs Anestis Argyriou and Lee Wallace will hope to trouble the home side in supporting their attack.
    • 11:30 Teams: Rangers: Alexander; Argyriou, Hegarty, Perry, Wallace; McKay, Hutton, Black, Templeton; Shiels; Little..subs: Gallacher, Faure, Aird, Crawford, Naismith////Berwick: McCallum, Jacobs, Hoskins, Townsley, Brydon, Currie, Easton, Janczyk, Lavery, Dalziel, Gielty..subs: McCaldon, McLaren, McLean, Carse, O’Brien
    • 11:25 Rangers have been talking about a move to England for years. Today they are two miles over the border in Berwick. Rangers 22 points clear at the top of the Scottish Third Division. They need seven more wins for the title, but that depends upon Queen's Park winning all their matches. This is a part-time league. Rangers are the only full-time team in the league.
    • 11:20 Good morning and welcome to LIVE coverage of Berwick Rangers against Glasgow Rangers from the Scottish Third Division. Part-time Berwick drew with Rangers 1-1 earlier on this season at Shielfield Park, but hope to go one better and emulate their famous 1967 Scottish Cup win over the fallen Scottish giants today.
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