Berwick v Rovers – Betfred Cup – Report
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After drawing 0-0 in a tense normal time, Rovers gained two points in Berwick after winning on penalties.
It was a fairly slow start to proceedings, no real clear goal-scoring opportunities occurring until just before the half hour mark when Paul Willis guided a shot from close-range just over the bar via a last ditch challenge from a Berwick defender.
Just before 60 minutes, former ‘Ger Willis found himself through again on goal, but this time Wilson was able to clear the ball to safety just as the Rovers midfielder was shaping to shoot.
At 67 minutes, it was Scott McBride’ turn to have a go at goal, the Rovers wide-man picking up the ball outside the box before firing a dipping shot off of the crossbar.
Rovers were beginning to be fairly dominant, however, as a brief reminder to stay switched on at all times, Jordyn Sheerin receive the ball in space, thereafter firing a tame effort into the palms of Ross Stewart.
Providing a huge amount of drama right at the death, at 89 minutes Rovers were awarded a penalty – much to the disgust of the home support. Up-stepped former Berwick favourite Willis, whose penalty smacked the upright and bounced to safety, the full-time whistle following.
Courtesy of the new Betfred Cup rules, for the second match running Rovers went to penalties. Despite new forward signing Ross Stewart narrowly missing with his penalty at a stage in which Berwick could’ve won the match, consecutive misses from Bauld and Thomson allowed Kyle Turnbull to fire home the decisive penalty and give Rovers the bonus point.
Berwick 0 – 0 Rovers (Rovers win 5-4 on penalties)