League Cup ends with four defeats for Berwick Rangers

Berwick Rangers ended their Betfred Cup campaign with another defeat – making it four loses out of four and no goals.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st July 2019, 10:36 am

In their final Group G game they faced Scottish Premiership side Livingston who ran out 5-0 winners.

The home side opened the scoring in the second minute after a defensive lapse and never looked back, taking a 3-0 lead into the break.

In front of nearly 700 fans, Livingston added a fourth in the 81st minute and scored their final goal three minutes later.

Last Tuesday, Berwick had faced further agony in the League Cup when they went down at home to Falkirk.

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Rangers, who had lost their opening two fixtures in the section to Ayr United and Stranraer, conceding 13 goals in the process, lost 0-3 at home to The Bairns, who looked the better side throughout.

Afterwards, manager Alan Little said: “It was an improvement on the first two matches, but we still need to do better.

“We always knew the League Cup games were going to be difficult for us, and so it is proving.”

Falkirk enjoyed the lion’s share of possession on Tuesday and a measure of their superiority was the fact that they had 20 shots at goal, compared to Berwick’s four.

Declan McManus headed the visitors in front from a Paul Dixon cross after 13 minutes, and that was the only goal which separated the sides at half time.

Robbie Leitch doubled the advantage after 51 minutes with a shot into the bottom corner and the third goal came after 76 minutes when Denny Johnstone shot home following a corner.

“We start out league programme next week,” said Little, “and that is where we will see where we are really at.

“All three teams in our League Cup section are experienced SPFL sides and we knew we would have a tough ride. The league is where we can really gauge our performances.”

Berwick will kicked off their Lowland League campaign on Tuesday night when former manager Robbie Horn brought his Bonnyrigg Rose side to Shielfield for the opening fixture.

They then welcome Stirling University to Shielfield on Saturday for their second league game of the season.