Bervie Champions

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Bervie Caley 1

Alford 0

Bervie Caley are the champions of Division Two North after they secured the three points they needed from their final game of the season at Gourdon on Saturday.

Anything less than a win would have left Bervie sweating on results elsewhere and facing the prospect of a play-off for the title.

In three minutes the Alford keeper flapped at a Gary Falconer free-kick but Bervie couldn’t take advantage, then at the other end, the visiting No 9 shot wide.

In 26 minutes the keeper made a hash of a Paul Robertson corner but Alford survived. Liam Smith took the subsequent corner from the other side and again the keeper had a poor punch.

Alford had a shout for a penalty in 30 minutes, then Matt Duncan was quickly off his line to kick clear.

In 37 minutes a Michael Harper header from a Robertson corner was saved then dropped by the shaky Alford keeper, but he get the benefit of a free-kick decision.

Two minutes later, the Alford No 11 fired a snap shot just over.

Two minutes from the break, Bervie had another escape when the Alford No 4 headed wide from great position.

The first half had been poor, but after the restart Bervie raised their game and Alford picked up two bookings in quick succession for fouls.

Bervie almost took the lead in bizarre circumstances in 59 minutes. Smith sent a hopeful ball forward, but the Alford keeper let it roll under his foot and wide of the post for a goal-kick.

The goal which clinched the title came along in 63 minutes. Smith curled in a lovely corner and Calum Mennie headed home from close range.

Bervie tails were up and in 72 minutes, a long range effort from Michael Hamilton was just tipped over by the keeper.

Alford were still dangerous and in 80 minutes Duncan did well to save a shot from the No 11.

The game boiled over in 84 minutes. The Alford No 14 was booked for bringing down an opponent as Bervie broke at pace. Ross Cerretti got involved with the Alford No 4 and both were booked. It was a second booking for the Alford player and he was shown a red card.

From the free-kick, Michael Harper headed the ball down and Ross Cerretti just failed to turn it home.

With 90 minutes on the watch, Bervie almost made the points secure. Ross Cerretti played in Fraser Greig and his shot was tipped on to the bar by the keeper and Frazer Cerretti just failed to force home the rebound.

Bervie played out three minutes of stoppage-time to spark jubilation at the final whistle.

Bervie: Duncan, Hamilton, S. Harper, Falconer, M. Harper, Dunn, McKenzie (Greig), Robertson, F. Cerretti, Mennie (R. Cerretti), Smith (Beedie). Subs: Anderson, Morrison.