minute goal from super-sub Barry Elliot booked a third round tie with at
Hearts at Shielfield this Saturday. Another close encounter saw
Cowdenbeath push Berwick all the way before being delt the last minute
sucker-punch. The race is now on to finalise arrangements for Saturday
with a capacity 4200 crowd expected at Shielfield.
came 60 seconds from time, a ball into the box was driven at Cowden
'keeper Martin by Dale Gray, he failed to hold onto the ball and substitute
Barry Elliot was in the right place at the right time to rifle the ball
BARRY ELLIOT was
the last-gasp hero as he edged Berwick into a dream third-round tie
Elliot struck in the 89th minute after
Cowdenbeath had been reduced to nine men and Berwick 10 in what turned out
to be a bad-tempered affair.
Cowden started brightly. First Mark
Bradley's 22nd-minute inswinging corner struck the bar then Murray
McDowell was put through by Graeme Brown but he drove his effort
Berwick hit back and Darren Smith saw his
30-yard thunderbolt crash off the bar in 38 minutes.
Eight minutes into the second half
McDowell's header from Jimmy Boyle's free-kick was tipped wide by keeper
Berwick were reduced to 10 men in 61
minutes when Paul Ronald was red-carded for elbowing Anton Smith who was
booked for his part in the off-the-ball clash.
Four minutes later Cowden's David White
also saw red for shoving Smith.
And in 70 minutes the home side were down
to nine when McDowell was sent off for hurling abuse at a linesman.
With extra-time looming Elliot grabbed
victory in the dying seconds when he tapped home after keeper John Martin
had spilled Dale Gray's strike.
A last-minute goal
from Berwick substitute Barry Elliott put his side into the third round of
the Tennent's Scottish Cup at the expense of Cowdenbeath.
Rangers secured a home tie against Hearts on Saturday after a bad-tempered
Cowdenbeath had made a good start, forcing the first corner after four
minutes, but Mark Bradley's well-placed flag-kick was headed off target by
Berwick then started to force their way into the game.
They monopolised much of the early play but for all their neat passing
they failed to test home goalkeeper John Martin.
Cowdenbeath went close to a goal after 16 minutes. Murray McDowell found
himself clear in front of Berwick goalkeeper Mark McLean but did not
realise the time he had and his hurried attempt flew harmlessly wide.
After 22 minutes, Bradley was unlucky to see his wind-assisted corner come
back off the Berwick crossbar and bounce to safety.
Berwick's defence found the speedy Cowdenbeath forwards a handful and
Graeme Brown set up McDowell, but with only McLean to beat the striker's
shot went wide.
Berwick were unlucky not to break the deadlock after 38 minutes when
Darren Smith shot from 30 yards but the ball cannoned off the crossbar and
back into play.
Four minutes later, Marc Anthony tried his luck from similar range but
Cowdenbeath goalkeeper Martin was alert and ensured his side went in level
at the break.
The home fans shouted for a penalty after 52 minutes when Brown went down
in the Berwick box but play was waved on.
Two minutes later at the other end, McDowell got on the end of Jimmy
Boyle's cross and his header brought a fingertip save from McLean.
The game exploded after 61 minutes when Berwick striker Paul Ronald was
sent off for elbowing Cowdenbeath defender Smith.
Four minutes later, the hosts' David White received his marching orders
for needlessly pushing Berwick's Darren Smith in trying to grab the ball
at a free-kick.
He was followed in the 70th minute by McDowell, who was shown the red card
for his part in a clash on the touchline.
When play resumed, Berwick's Gary Wood had a chance to give his side the
lead when he ran through but his shot was well off target.
Berwick used their numerical advantage to create a chance after 83 minutes
but Martin did well to parry Anthony's shot, and the Cowdenbeath
goalkeeper saved from Gary Wood seconds later.
But Martin, so often the saviour for his side this season, blundered a
minute from time when he spilled a Dale Gray cross and substitute Barry
Elliott tapped the ball home to send Berwick through.