BERWICK manager Ian Little was left to count the cost after watching his side lose to play-off hopefuls Queen’s Park at Hampden in the Scottish Third Division.
The Borderers had two players sent off and finished the match with only nine men – midfielder Kevin McDonald and defender Stevie Notman both seeing red.
Queens Park also had Michael Keenan sent off for two bookings in six second-half minutes.
McDonald was shown a straight red for violent conduct after 55 minutes, Notman receiving his marching orders for two bookable offences late in the second half.
Little said: “Both players will now miss Saturday’s big home game against Rangers so it leaves us with a major selection headache.
“We lost McDonald when the score was still 1-1 and as Queen’s Park scored their second just a few minutes later it had an effect on us.”
Rangers were looking for a win which would have boosted their own hopes of a top-four finish.
When leading striker Darren Lavery gave them the lead after only eight minutes they looked on course.
However, Queen’s Park always looked dangerous and Jamie Longworth equalised after 24 minutes.
Just six minutes after McDonald’s dismissal, the Glasgow side took the lead when Anthony McPartland netted his third goal in as many games.
QUEEN’S PARK: Parry; Spittal, Little, Brough, Robertson, McParland, Longworth, Anderson, Shankland, Keenan, Burns (Connolly 74). Subs (not used): Lochhead, Bradley, Giuseppe Capuano, Urquhart.
Sent Off: Keenan (73).
Goals: Longworth 24, McParland 61.
BERWICK RANGERS: McCallum; Notman, Brydon, Townsley, Gielty, McLaren (Carse 79), Janczyk (Jacobs 64), Lee Currie, McDonald, Lavery (Dalziel 72), Easton. Subs (not used): Sandison, Hoskins.
Sent Off: McDonald (55), Notman (83).
Booked: Brydon, Notman, Lee Currie, Easton.
Goal: Lavery 8.
Referee: Nick Walsh.