Match Preview : Berwick Rangers v Airdieonians FC – Irn Bru Cup

Midweek football returns to Shielfield Park tomorrow night with the ‘Gers taking on Stephen Findlay’s Airdrie side in the Irn Bru cup, with the game kicking off at 7.45pm.

After 10 years without meeting each other in Scotland’s pyramid of football or in a cup competition, Tuesday will mark the second meeting in little over 3 weeks as the sides also faced off in the Betfred Cup on 21st July with The Diamonds winning that one 0-3.

Both sides have had similar starts to the season in their respective divisions by winning one and losing one of the two games thus far.

Berwick News

It remains to be seen whether manager Robbie Horn will rotate his squad after the unlucky 1-0 defeat at Hampden Park on Saturday. The manager and the travelling supporters felt that the side deserved better after some encouraging play, only to slip to their first league defeat of the season to a first half penalty.

This may be an ideal opportunity for players such as Murrell, Murphy, Rose or Fleming to show what they can do against tough opposition after coming from the bench so far this campaign.

Airdrie News

Airdrie, like Berwick, are much changed after a busy summer. They had started very positively in this campaign until losing 0-1 at home on the weekend, to currently sit 3rd in League One.

Sean Crighton, Darryl Duffy and Leighton McIntosh all netted in the Betfred win at Shielfield last month. Duffy is continuing his impressive form since signing permanently for the club after a successful loan spell last season.


The ticket prices are reduced for this game and we hope that brings supporters into Shielfield for what will be an intriguing cup tie. Adult tickets will cost £10 on the door, with concessions £5 and under 16s allowed entry for only £2.

Their will also be a mini mid-week programme for only £1.50.


John McKendrick will be in charge for this one. Michael Banks and Simon MacLean will be running the lines.

Please be reminded that should the game be level after 90 minutes then a penalty shoot out will decide the victors.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening as we again test ourselves against opposition from a higher league. These tests will do a youthful Berwick side good as we look to build on the home victory against Stirling last time at Shielfield.

Come on the ‘Gers!

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