Healy at the double for Rangers
GALA FAIRYDEAN ....2BERWICK RANGERS ....2Berwick Rangers took a point from their Lowland League clash away to Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale on Saturday, with all the goals coming in the first half.
Daryl Healy netted with two headers for Rangers, both Gala’s counters coming from the penalty spot.
Rangers also had the ball in the net twice more, once in each half, but they were ruled out by the referee to deny Ian Little’s side a win.
“It was a game I thought we could have won,” said Little. “Daryl took both his headers well, but in-between we conceded two penalties, and that is something we have to try and cut out of our game.
“We also had two other ‘goals’ ruled out, which was unfortunate, which meant we had to settle for a point.”
Healy gave Berwick the lead after just four minutes.
But Gala equalised from the spot when Kyle McKenzie converted from the spot. They were then awarded a second penalty, again taken by McKenzie, but this time Sean Brennan made a good save, only for the loose ball to fall for Jack Cowan who netted on the rebound.
Euan Smith went close for Berwick on the break before Healy equalised with another header. Lewis Barr then had a goal disallowed before half-time as the teams turned around at 2-2.
In the second half Brennan made a good save to keep Berwick in front, but the Rangers looked the more dangerous of the two sides and they created several opportunities.
They only once found the net, however, but the effort was again ruled out and the teams had to settle for a draw.
“The extra points would have been very welcome,” said Little, “But we have to take the draw and move on to the next one.”
This weekend Rangers turn their attention back to the cup competitions with an away game against Tranent in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup. This follows on from their 2-0 home win over Spartans in the last round.
Berwick’s next Lowland League game is on Saturday, September 21, away to East Kilbride, who curently sit eighth in the table on 13 points – Berwick have four.