Betfred Group E Match 3 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 151 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Stranraer (H) – 21st July 2021

Ooh, me Angina!!

Today we host old adversaries Stranraer of League 2 in our 3rd Betfred Cup Group E game, knowing we need to win this and beat Clyde to stand a chance of qualification for the 2nd Round and start of the knockouts.

Last season that meant a trip to Ibrox, and the money gotten from that (£300k plus) allowed us to kick on and dominate League 2 last season.

NEW SIGNING

Thomas Dempsie

  • 22yo Left wing/WB/Utility midfielder
  • 5ft 10in
  • Started his career at Kilmarnock, before going to QotS and East Stirlingshire, where he tore it up last season in the South of Scotland league (7.54 av on 27 league games) – Note this is 3 levels below league 1 though
  • IRL he seemingly left football after being released by Kilmarnock after the 17/18 season

We welcome Thomas Dempsie to the club. A bit of a punt – he has the attributes to be a really decent attacking winger, and as he’s right footed I’ll be training him for the AMR position. Scouts had him at a 90….. We still have £1.5k wage budget though so it’s a worthwhile punt at £100/wk and £5k reparations.

Clyde lost to Falkirk 1-0 – Only the top 4 2nd placed teams out of 8 do through so we need to win both our remaining matches (Stranraer & Clyde) to be in with a shout. Last year we qualified with 8 points and a +4 GD, the best of the 4 teams on 8 points, 3 other teams qualifying on 9. It’s going to be tough.

Our U18’s beat East Kilbride U18’s in a friendly – goals from defender Yusuf Hussain, Conor McLaughlin and a brace from Cameron McGinn.

There were also Betfred games played on the same day (17th July):

Clyde beat Ayr on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time and Falkirk beat Stranraer 3-1, meaning they have qualified. 2 Wins and we will definitely be second in our group.

NEW SIGNING

Connor McManus

  • 25yo MC (DLP)
  • 6ft 1in
  • In game leaves from Stranraer (98 games over the last 3 years) and has Championship loan experience after starting his career at Celtic
  • IRL he’s with Stranraer still.

We welcome our new playmaker Connor McManus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connor_McManus) to the club, in a deal worth up to £5k. A 94-rated DLP by our scouts Connor comes in from Stranraer (Who we play tomorrow :):)) He’s a cut above our other quasi-playmaker Lewis Barr and has some exciting attributes (13 for Passing, technique, Vision and Composure!!!) – I expect him to be our Pirlo, though a tad taller at 6ft 1in with 14 strength 🙂 Welcome Connor!!

So to the Stranraer match – We are expected to win, so lets do so!

McIntosh & Barr make up the centre-pairing today in midfield as Davidson plays in his more-liked AM(S) role. Neill & Bow are the centre-backs, everything else stays the same. Our last group game versus Clyde is in less than 3 days though so we will need to think about resting the key men at some point. Stranraer are going with a 5-1-2-2 WB formation, so lets try and overload the poor-old wingbacks 🙂

FT Berwick 2 (Davidson 9, MacIver 33) Stranraer 0 Att 312 (45 Away)

Key Highlights

A good start from Berwick, lots of attacking intent, and it was 1-0 Berwick in the 9th minute, a powerful grass-cutter in the bottom left from AM Davidson, a stunning strike from just outside the ‘D’. All quite even after the goal, not much going on. Cammy Dow whistled one just wide in the 29th minute, cutting in from the left. It was 2-0 in the 33rd, a sumptuous back-post cross from Mackie found MacIver, who scored at the 2nd bite of the Cherry for his 2nd in 2 games. In the highlight they are seen clapping towards the brick wall behind the goal 🙂 Constant Berwick pressure after the goal, but a few overzealous offside put pay to any more goals. 2-0 at the Half.

Neill off for Faulds at the start of the second half – he’s blowing a bit and on a yellow. Stranraer showing a bit more intent at the start of the second half. 60 minutes and our last 2 changes – Sutherland for Davidson, who needs to be fit for the Clyde game, and Turner for Barr. Berwick continued looking good going forward whilst Stranraer looked relatively dangerous when they attacked, but it finished 2-0. A good performance.

Ayr thumped Falkirk 4-1 in the other game, but because the sorting rules start with results between teams if we beat Clyde in Normal time we will finish 2nd in the group. However if I were a betting man I don’t think we will qualify without a good win v Clyde in just under 3 days. See you soon.

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