With both teams making enforced changes it was a hard one to call . In 2 minutes a throw in from Ryan Finnie landed at Jordan Sinclair who so his shot go wide of the target . Along ball through on twenty minutes was just too long for Greg Binnie and the keeper gathered . With 25 minutes gone Gordon Donaldson was booked for a foul twenty yards out . The resultant free kick taken by Jordan Sinclair went inches over the bar . A good one two involving Grant Nelson and Ciaran Heeps saw Nelson cross the ball deep into the box and Calum Smith met it but headed just past the post . Just past the half hour mark great play by Sean Stewart saw him get the ball to the bye line before sending over a cross which Jordan Wright headed clear before Smith got there . Just before half time Chris Townsley got cautioned by the referee after Quote from Berwick Rangers twitter ” where Finnie stole 20 yards at a throw in ” and Chris complained !!!! . Broxburn took the lead on 56 minutes when Ross Allum was sent clear down the right before sending a low cross across the box which was met by ANDREW MAIR who had the easiest of chances to turn the ball home from two yards out . A couple of minutes later Berwick responded but Stewart fired over from 20 yards out not troubling Shaun Donoghue in the visitors goal . On 67 minutes Ross Allum created another chance this time for Joe Tait who met his cross at the back of the box but he fired his effort over the bar . Berwick changed their formation after a shot from Sinclair went wide from 30 yards out . This seemed to work as on 73 minutes a ball into the box fell to CALUM SMITH who was allowed to play keepy uppy 12 yards out before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner . A one two on 80 minutes finished with Donoghue tipping a Graham Taylor effort round the post . Broxburn thought they had sealed a winner with 6 minutes remaining a long ball was flicked over the home defence by Allum and Jackson Barker ran through on to it but saw his shot crash off the crossbar and over for a bye kick .
Extra time and it was Broxburn who created first when Mair played a ball across the box but Jack Cook turned it behind for a corner . The corner came in and this time Grant Nelson turned it behind for another corner to the visitors . This corner was met by Ross Allum who headed over . With eleven minutes of extra time gone John Ward went on a great run before firing in a shot the Donoghue done well to parry before clearing .Cameron Dow sent a good ball into Kieran McGrath who turned and shot but Donoghue saved with his legs . Berwick hit the woodwork twice in the last two minutes of extra time , the first was when a free kick went to Graham Taylor who crossed in to McGrath who set up Jamie Pyper who shot off the post from ten yards . Then when a blocked effort from Sinclair fell to McGrath he cracked one of the post also . With 120 minutes not separating these two sides it was down to penalty kicks .
Broxburn went first and Shaun Harrison saw his effort crash of the woodwork and away . Jamie Pyper stepped up and scored for the hosts . Goal scorer Andrew Mair was next for the visitors his shot was saved but was unlucky as the ball just failed to cross the line . Grant Nelson missed the hosts second spot kick . Jordan Wright gave the keeper no chance with his sides third . Next up Sinclair who makes no mistake in finding the net . Liam Ireland scores his penalty with ease . Cameron Dow blasted his attempt well over the bar leaving it 2-2 after 4 penalties each . It was now down to who could hold their nerve as Ross Allum despatched his penalty into the back of the net to put the visitors in front in the shoot out for the first time Kieran McGrath made it 3-3 after 5 penalties each and now sudden death . Greg Nicol sent his penalty off the cross bar leaving Graham Taylor to score to send the home side through but Shaun Donoghue had other ideas and pulled of a wonderful save to keep his side in it . Jackson Barker was next and he gave the visitors the advantage again . David Ferguson was now handed the responsibility of keeping the Lowland League side in the cup but he could do nothing about Donoghue’s magnificent save to put his side through into the next round draw scheduled for week beginning 25th October , with the next round to be played on Saturday the 20th of November . Would just like to thank all who made the long journey down over the border to support the team it was much appreciated with everything else that was going on on Saturday .
BERWICK RANGERS McNEIL , FINNIE (WARD 46m) , FERGUSON , COOK , PYPER , SINCLAIR , NELSON , DENHOLM , SMITH (McGRATH 82m) , STEWART (TAYLOR 74m) , HEEPS (DOW 91m) , SUBS BAKER , SWINTON
REFEREE MR K. LINDSAY ASSISTANTS MR A. BROWN , MR C. DOYLE
|October 16, 2021
|South Challenge Cup
KO 56 57 57 88 FT