Match Report

By Paul Smith


Scottish Cup Round Three- Replay
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN

2-1

BERWICK RANGERS

McSwegan 68, Juanjo 70 Elliot 18

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


This was another magnificent display from the Dream Team, and another memorable night for the fans. Okay we didn't win, but by god we gave Hearts one hell of a fright. Hearts however deservedly won this game- but they were made to fight all the way.

The state of the Tynecastle park was pretty awful. Craig Levien criticised the Shielfield pitch 10 days ago, yet his own pitch is ten times worse!

Speaking to a couple of friendly Hearts fans prior to the match, they seemed to think that Hearts would walk over Berwick- they were in for a rude awakening! The Berwick fans turned up in numbers and were in good voice for the entire match. Being a Hearts fan can't be much fun at the moment, most of the Hearts support were pretty muted, although a few dozen kids were doing their best to get some songs going. In the end they were well and truly out-sang by the Berwickers.

As the Berwick players came out onto the pitch, they were greeted with black and gold balloons, ticker-tape and masses of toilet roll, all of which added to the occasion. Right from the off Hearts had Berwick pinned back in their own half. A good move down the right saw Juanjo cross for McSwegan to head wide.

At the other end Barry Elliot sent a looping header just over after good work by Duthie down the wing. Andy Kirk tested mark McLean with a long range drive but the 'keeper gather comfortably. McSwegan also had a long range crack at goal but his effort flew high and wide. Flogal also had a chance after a rare slip by Alan Neill, but the Berwick fans cheered as his shot went wildly wide.

On quarter of an hour Mark McLean slipped in the box giving Andy Kirk the chance to finish into a keeperless net- luckily Innes Ritchie and Alan Neill threw themselves in front of the ball to clear the danger.

(C) THE SCOTSMANOn 18 minutes Berwick scored, albeit against the run of play. A superb reverse pass from Gary Wood sent Barry Elliot scampering clear of the Hearts defence, fighting off challenges from Pressley and Petric in the process, he ran 40 yards before beating Niemi with a well placed shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. At this point the Berwick fans were absolutely wild.

Berwick had an opportunity to go 2-0 up but Anthony hit his free kick straight at the 'keeper.

Hearts started to up the pace a bit. A free kick from Juanjo curled just past the post. Mark McLean saved the day when he brilliantly tipped over a close range shot from Colin Cameron. Before half time Kirk and McSwegan both sent tame shots trickling past the post.

The half time whistle was met with a massive cheer from the Berwick fans- it's just a pity it wasn't the final whistle!

Hearts came out for the second half looking more determined, obviously with Levien's half time talk ringing in their ears. A couple of minutes into the half Andy Kirk rattled the bar. 

A good move by Berwick saw Forrest play Elliot into the box, Pressley seemed to have shoved Elliot to the ground, but claims for a penalty fell on the deaf ears of referee Martindale. At the other end Andy Kirk had his claim for a penalty turned down.

On the hour mark Elliot was fouled about 25 yards from goal. Only Alan Neill takes free kicks 25 yards from goal, and sure enough the big man raced up the field to take the kick. Fortunately for Hearts it flew inches past the upright.

Darren Smith replaced Mark Duthie on 67 minutes. A minute later Hearts equalised. A good move down the left saw Flogal float in a good cross for McSwegan to head home. McLean had no chance.

And two minutes later in was two- and most of Tynecastle breathed a collective sigh of relief. Tomaschek cleverly spotted the run of Juanjo and slipped the ball through the Berwick defence, the little man ran onto the ball stabbed the ball past McLean.

Hearts played out the rest of the game untroubled by a tired Berwick side.

Berwick Rangers FC and indeed Berwick-upon-Tweed can be extremely proud of the lads over the two ties. Now we are left to concentrate on the league. Partick Thistle apart, we are the best side in the division. Over the next two months we have to prove this- and with a bit of luck we could be playing First Division football next season.

It's Stirling Albion at on Saturday, hopefully some of the fans who went up to Hearts will be tempted to go along to Shielfield on Saturday, especially as kids get in for free and adults are only a fiver.


Post-Match Comments
Paul Smith
A delighted Paul Smith said "We pushed them all the way. There's no doubt that Hearts put us under a lot of pressure in the second half but we handled it well and it bodes well for the future.

"We seemed to tire after the break but I thought our strikers were superb throughout. Gary Wood and Barry Elliott were up against two international centre halves and I'm not exaggerating when I say that for the first half they ran Gordan Petric and Steven Pressley ragged.

"Mark McLean kept us in it with some fine saves but once again it was an excellent team performance. "
However two late strikes took the gloss off an otherwise impressive performance and McLean admitted: "I'm just disappointed we couldn't take them to extra-time.

Mark McLean
"I'm just disappointed we couldn't take them to extra-time."

Craig Levien
"You have to give Berwick a lot of credit. They defended well and they're a very plucky side but we created so many chances that I always felt we would score.

"Their keeper pulled off one or two outstanding saves and he can be proud of his performance but I always felt we were in control."


How They Lined Up
McLean
McMartin Gray Ritchie Neill (c)
Kirk McSwegan
Forrest Neil Anthony Duthie
Juanjo  Cameron (c) Tonaschek Boyack
Wood Elliot
Flogal Petric Pressley Murray
Niemi

DTO Man of the Match- Mark McLean 10
Mark McLean played like a man possessed. He made a string of magnificent saves to deny Hearts. The home side had 26 shots on goal, of them 12 were on target, and of them, McLean saved 10. He couldn't do anything about the goals and he should be very proud of his performance.

Match Stats

4 Shots

26

1 Shots On Target 12
2 Corners 18
4 Off-Sides 0
18 Fouls 13
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

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Berwick Rangers
4-4-2
McLean 10
Forrest 9
Gray 9
 Ritchie 9
Neill 9
Anthony 9
 Neil 9
Elliot 9
Duthie 8
McMartin 9
Wood 9


Substitutes:
Pucko
Whelan (Forrest)
Watt
Smith (Duthie)
Findlay (Wood)


Hearts
Niemi
Pressley
Petric
Murray
Juanjo
Cameron
Flogel
Tomaschek
Boyack

McSwegan
Kirk

Substitutes:
Neilson (Murray)
Severin (Boyack)
Adam (Kirk)
McKenzie

Makel


Referee
Mr. Eric Martindale
Made a few poor decisions, but generally not bad.
Overall: 6/10
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Attendance:
6368

Conditions:
Cold, wet


League Position:
Sixth

Next Match:
Stirling
(H) Feb 10
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