Last result: Sat 27th September 2014 - St. Roch's 5 Berts 2 (Scottish Junior Cup) Next up: Saturday 4th October 2014 - Berts vs. Bathgate Thistle (Fife & Lothians Cup R2) @ Gardiners Park, k/o 2.30pm


St. Roch's 5 Berts 2...

Posted: Saturday 27th September 2014, 10:30pm


The Berts crashed to a 1st Round Scottish Junior Cup exit at the hands of Glasgow-based St. Roch's thanks to a disatrous (putting it politely!) first half display that saw the Fifers 5-0 down at the break. A small crumb of consolation was an improved second half performance that saw the Berts pull two goals back, but the damage was already very much done.


The warning signs were there as early as the 2nd minute when Lewis McIntosh lost possession in the centre circle to allow Jordan Logan to charge through on goal, but, as was to become a theme for the day, keeper Lee Wilson came to the Berts rescue.


But it was only 60 seconds later that the home side broke the deadlock when Thomas Hush was helpless to divert a strong, low right-wing cross into the Berts 6-yard box into his own net.


On 12 minutes it was 2-0 when Thomas McClusky was given all the time in the world on the edge of the area to turn and shoot a powerful shop into the corner of the net.


The Berts appeared to be in meltdown and three minutes later Liam McMahon played Logan through to run into the box but the "Candy's" number 10's shot was blocked by a desperate challenge from Hush.


At the other end Conor Schiavone had a half chance in the 17th minute, but could not keep his effort down to trouble home keeper Ryan Dakhil.


It was otherwise pretty much one-way traffic towards Wilson's goal and in the 23rd minute a double block by Wilson and Grierson prevented a chance for St. Roch's to inflict further damage. That only lasted two further minutes until a good solo goal from Mark McDonnell ended with the no.7 rounding Wilson to slot into the net for 3-0.


If the game wasn't out of reach by the 25th minute, it certainly was after 35 minutes when St. Roch's notched two goals in two minutes. Firstly Logan added number four before a McClusky header made it 5-0.


There was still time for McDonnell to send a long-range shot over the Berts bar in first half stoppage time with Lochgelly clinging to the ropes for dear life.


A (probable) half time rollicking and double substitution seemed to make an impact with the Berts looking more settled - and perhaps the home side affording to take the foot off the gas a bit.


It was one of the Berts subs, Darren Seath, that was making the most contributions when in the 51st minute he won a 50/50 ball and fire a shot goalwards that was deflected behind for a corner.


In the 54th minute the dynamic Seath had got himself on the scoresheet. A ball on the right for Steven Page saw the midfielder cut the ball back to Seath on the edge of the St. Roch's area. Seath had plenty to do and had the close attention of four defenders, but he managed to weave a way past them to send a power shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.


But the Berts was still displaying from fragility at the back and a weak header from Barratt was latched onto by McDonnell but his shot went over the bar.


In the 70th minute Logan was put through on the left wing and ran onto goal before a great double save from Wilson stopped number 6 before Grierson hacked clear. A minute later Paul Roan was allowed to turn in the Berts box and fire a shot into the side netting.


In the 72nd minutes the Berts sub Seath added his second of the match with a rasping volley following good work from Michael Lawson and Brett McGuire. It was an excellent finish from Seath, one that was worthy of a winning goal rather than a mere consolation.


Wilson was again called into action in the 78th minute with a good save from McDonnell, whilst in the 87th minute more good work by an impressive introduction from Lawson saw a cross over from Seath on the right headed over by Michael Perrie.


BERTS: 1 Lee Wilson, 2 Grierson, 3 S Brown (sub: Lawson 61 mins), 4 Barratt, 5 Hush, 6 McIntosh (sub: Colquhoun H/T), 7 Brown, 8 Page, 9 McGuire, 10 Schiavone (sub: Seath H/T), 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Seath, 14 Colquhoun, 15 Lawon, 16 Grubb, 17 Len Wilson.

Goal(s): Seath 54 mins, Seath 72 mins.

Booking(s): Page, McGuire.


Coach to St. Roch's...

Posted: Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 4:00pm


St. Roch's

For those booked on the coach to Saturday's Scottish Junior Cup game with Glasgow-based side St. Roch's at James McGrory Park, the coach will be leaving outside the Minto Lounge at 11.45am.


If you're not previously booked on the coach, please DO NOT turn up for the bus as it is fully booked and there are no spaces available.


Saturday 4th October fixture...

Posted: Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 4:00pm


The Berts will be at home on Saturday 4th October in the Cup, but the opponents and competition are still to be confirmed.


We are pencilled in to welcome Premier League side Bathgate Thistle (the first of two visits) to Gardiners Park in the Second Round of Fife & Lothians Cup (kick off 2.30pm).


But if this Saturday's match at St. Roch's in the Scottish Junior Cup ends in the draw, the replay here will take priority instead.


O'Connor Exits...

Posted: Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 4:00pm


Ryan O'Connor

The Berts have announced that defender/midfielder Ryan O'Connor has left the club last week and has subsequently moved to South Division rivals Rosyth.


Ryan joined the Berts in June 2012 and picked up the Committee Player of the Year award and the Player's Player of the Year awards in his first season.


In his time at Gardiner Park, Ryan notched up 45 appearances, 8 substitute appearances and 3 goals.


We wish Ryan all the best for the future.


Berts 0 Falkirk JFC 1...

Posted: Sunday 21st September 2014, 7:00pm


The Berts fell to a disappointing defeat to well-deserving Falkirk side, in a match that saw the Berts never really get going and as the match progressed saw the home side less and less looking like they're trouble the visiting keeper.


The Berts started reasonably, though, and in the 8th minute good play by Michael Perrie bursting down the left saw his cut back met by Darren Seath but the striker's first time shot under pressure flew just over the crossbar.


In the 28th minute a Falkirk corner was only half-cleared to Lawrie who crossed the ball from the right over to Sneddon who turned his man and firred a shot that beat both Lewis Grierson and Perrie before going wide of the far post.


On the stroke of half-time, a 'Salmon' cross was flicked on by Gregor Colquhoun wide of the far post without troubling the keeper.


It was a largely uneventful opening 45 minutes, and the second half didn't change that too much for either side. Falkirk were looking the more composed side on the ball but neither keeper was severely tested.


In the 51st minute the Berts got a free kick just inside the Falkirk half, Barratt floated over the free kick to the back post to be met by the towering head of Thomas Hush, but unfortunately for the Berts man his head just whistled past the far post.


Two minutes later a good move by Falkirk by Shirra presented the opportunity to Lejman but the home side managed to clear the danger.


A minute later good play by Sebrowski, saw the Falkirk no. 15 cut the ball back for Sneddon to fire a powerful shot goalwards. The ball hit Grierson on its way through which managed to take the sting out of the shot and Lee Wilson tipped the ball round for a corner.


In the 59th minute a corner from the left was met by Falkirk's no.2 Lawrie but the full back couldn't quite manage to get his effort on target, before the Berts made a double change with Page and Brown coming on to replace Colquhoun and Schiavone.


The Berts went close in the 68th minute when 'Salmon' created an opening on the left hand side for Seath, who beat his man, cut back and saw his effort charged down with the ball falling to Brett McGuire, who had his back to go and laid off for Perrie whose effort was also blocked by a last ditch tackle about 10 yards out.


There didn't seem likelihood of many goals in this game, but the only goal duly came in the 73rd minute when Sneddon was put through one-on-one with Wilson. The no.20 rounded the keeper and fired home with Hush unable to quite get back in time to assist the helpless keeper. There can be little argument that Falkirk deserved their lead and it was a well-taken goal.


The game then seemed out of the Berts reach and they couldn't create any chances to get the equaliser, with the only effort of the game coming in the 89th minute to Falkirk's Kerr, with a free kick that went over the bar.


It was a poor performance from the Berts and one that the team will need to shake off quickly, two Cup games pencilied in over the next 2 weeks starting with a trip to face St. Roch's at James McGrory Park in the Scottish Junior Cup. Assuming that game doesn't require a replay, the following Saturday the Berts welcome Premier League side Bathgate Thistle in the Fife & Lothians Cup.


BERTS: 13. Wilson, 2 Grierson, 3 Perrie, 4 Barratt, 5 Hush, 6 Davies (sub: McIntosh 80 mins), 7 Brown, 8 Colquhoun (sub: S Brown 60 mins), 9 Seath, 10 McGuire, 11 Schiavone (sub: Page

60 mins). Subs: 12 S Brown, 14 Page, 15 McIntosh, 16 Lawson, GK Rushford.

Goal(s): (None)

Booking(s): Perrie, Seath, Davies.

Man of the Match (sponsored by the Old Ship Inn): Lewis Grierson.



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