Morrison at double as Rangers sunk by City slickers at home

Berwick Rangers 0-3 Elgin City

Monday, 17th September 2018, 10:28 am
Updated Monday, 17th September 2018, 10:31 am

Berwick manager Robbie Horn admitted to being disappointed at the way in which his side conceded three first half goals to lose at home to Elgin on Saturday.

Rangers conceded two in a two minute spell, and a third right on the stroke of half time as City left with all three points.

“Poor defending let us down again because we conceded goals we probably shouldn’t have’” said Horn.

“The third goal was the killer as far as we were concerned because it made the second half a non-event.

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Gregg Morrison struck twice, the second coming with the very last kick of the first half, after an own goal from Jordan Orru gave City the lead.

The victory lifted Elgin up to fifth in Scottish League 2 with Berwick dropping to eighth.

In the opening exchanges Elgin probed down the left, but neither they or Berwick could find a way through to create a clear cut chance.

The first real effort fell to Rangers, who were awarded a free kick 25 yards out after 16 minutes, but Paul Willis’s kick was always going high and never troubled Kyle Gourlay in the City goal.

But the visitors got the breakthrough they were looking for after 22 minutes when a ball into the box from the left was toe poked into his own net by home defender Jordan Orru at the back post.

And it was 2-0 after 24 minutes when Gregg Morrison netted from almost on the line after Jon Paul McGovern slid the ball into the danger area from the right.

Berwick, who saw Ross Brown shoot wide, had a chance to pull one back when Daryl Healy got to the byeline and pulled the ball back for new striker Cedwyn Scott, but the front man, on his home debut, was unable to get his shot away from six yards out.

Elgin then added a third goal with virtually the last kick of the first half when Morrison was played in on the left by Rabin Omar and he slid the ball under the advancing home keeper Sean Brennan for his second of the match to put the visitors in easy street.

In the second half Elgin defended deeper as they sat back on their lead.

Berwick enjoyed more possession but still could find no way through the well marshalled City defence, for whom Gourlay never had a direct shot to save.

“It was a disappointing result for us,” said Horn, “but we have to try and galvanise again, pick up the pieces and go again next weekend away to Peterhead, so it doesn’t get any easier.

“We had a couple of good results up there last season, hopefully we can do the same again this season.”