Match Report

By Paul Smith


Scottish Cup Round Two Replay
Central Park, Cowdenbeath

COWDENBEATH

1-3

BERWICK RANGERS

Elliot 89

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


A last 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.

The goal 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 home.

Daily Record
BARRY ELLIOT was the last-gasp hero as he edged Berwick into a dream third-round tie against Hearts.

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 agonisingly past.

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 Mark McLean.

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.

Press Association

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 affair.

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 Anton Smith.

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.


DTO Man of the Match
No one player really stood out as our star man. Anthony looked lively for most of the game, and Gary Wood, baring that dreadful miss, looked dangerous whenever he got the ball. 

Match Stats

7 Shots

16

3 Shots On Target 4
2 Corners 6
3 Off-Sides 1
17 Fouls 14
0 Yellow Cards 3
1 Red Cards 2

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Berwick Rangers
4-4-2
McLean 8
McMartin 7
Gray 7
 Ritchie 7
Neill 8
Anthony 7
Forrest 7
Neil 6
Wood 8
Ronald 6
Smith 8


Substitutes:
Pucko
Whelan
Elliot (McMartin)
Duthie (Smith)
Findlay


Referee
Mr. Cammy Melville
As oer usual Mr. Melville felt he had to be centre if attention. And he succeeded with his card flashing antics.
Overall: 4/10
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Attendance: 
644

Conditions:
Cold


League Position:
Fifth

Next Match:
Hearts
(H) Jan 27
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