Cove Rangers 3
Wick Academy 1
HL Cup (Semi Final)


Cove Rangers 

3 - 1

Wick Academy


HL Cup (Semi Final)
Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Balmoral Stadium. Att. 200
2:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Mitchel Megginson (31)
Jamie Masson (32)
Mitchel Megginson (50)
Sam Mackay (52)

Team Managers
John Sheran Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Stuart McKenzie
Grant Campbell
Alan Redford
Connor Scully
Scott Ross
Ryan Strachan
Daniel Park
Jamie Masson
Mitchel Megginson
Sam Burnett
Jordon Brown
Gordon Clark
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Danny Mackay
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Sam Mackay
Richard Macadie
Craig Gunn
Gordon MacNab
David Allan

Bench
Eric Watson
Jordan MacRae
Martin Scott
Darryn Kelly
Paul McManus
Hamish Macleod
John McCafferty
Alan Hughes
Jack Henry
Marc MacGregor
Mark Macadie
Ross Allan

Substitutions
Darryn Kelly for Grant Campbell (66)
Martin Scott for Jordan Brown (72)
Jordan MacRae for Sam Burnett (86)
Marc MacGregor for Craig Gunn (46)
Jack Henry for Richard Macadie (46)

Cautions
Connor Scullly (86) Alan Farquhar (64)
Gordon MacNab (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Liam Duncan (Referee)
Chris Phillips & Andrew Bannerman (Assistants)






Match Report


Academy’s Highland League Cup dream may be over for another season but they gave a good account of themselves on their first visit to Cove’s Balmoral Stadium.
Ultimately the clinical finishing of the league’s top scorer Mitch Megginson was the difference between the sides in Saturday’s semi final.
Cove had an early chance with a corner from Daniel Park which Jordon Brown headed powerfully towards goal but Sam Mackay was on the line to head it away.
Gordon MacNab caused a scare when he broke clear but the Cove defenders quickly recovered to chase him down, MacNab then won a corner on the left and Andy Hardwick’s header also created momentary panic before it was scrambled away.
Then a double whammy just after the half-hour mark put Cove in charge.
Megginson ran up the Cove right onto a clever flick from Brown and rifled the ball into the far corner.
Two minutes later Jamie Masson seized on a rebound to fire the ball into the net from 15 yards.
Five minutes into the second half Megginson scored again, this time after cutting in from the left.
That appeared to be game over but three minutes later Sam Mackay fired low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to give Academy a lifeline.
Within a couple of minutes former Academy favourite Grant Campbell unleashed a 25-yard effort which was too hot to handle for Gordon Clark. The keeper parried it and Danny Mackay completed the clearance. Academy enjoyed a good spell around the hour mark. A shot by MacNab was pushed away and just eluded substitute Marc Macgregor in the six-yard box.
Macgregor fired across goal to MacNab who could not control it quickly enough. Martin Scott crossed from the Cove right and from 10 yards Megginson scorned the chance of a hat trick by volleying just over the bar.
Academy hadn’t given up but time was running out. MacNab pulled a shot wide and Gary Manson had a drive saved by Stuart McKenzie.

Click on the link below to read a newspaper report for this match.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, March 20, 2019.


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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 20th March 2019.




Squad Statistics (as at March 16th, 2019)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Gordon Clark (GK)24 7 - 7 -
Michael Steven29 22325716
Andrew Hardwick26 185576
Danny Mackay28 2111315
Sam Mackay30 202319138
Gary Manson35 32662846
Gordon MacNab24 3184914
Alan Farquhar31 27 - 3094
Richard Macadie31 297519194
Craig Gunn31 2857834
David Allan29 298342143
Jack Henry (sub)27 274434
Marc MacGregor (sub)24 251011634


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at March 16th, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 28 25 2 1 +74 77
2. Brora Rangers 29 24 2 3 +82 74
3. Fraserburgh 31 24 1 6 +82 73
4. Inverurie Locos 32 18 6 8 +45 60
5. Formartine Utd 28 18 5 5 +46 59
6. Forres Mech 30 19 2 9 +31 59
7. Buckie Thistle 28 13 4 11 +18 43
8. WICK 26 12 5 9 +14 41
9. Deveronvale 31 11 2 18 -11 35
10. Huntly 28 10 5 13 -13 35
11. Rothes 28 10 6 12 +13 33
12. Turriff United 30 9 4 17 -14 31
13. Keith 28 8 6 14 -17 30
14. Strathspey 28 9 3 16 -27 30
15. Nairn County 27 9 2 16 -8 29
16. Clachnacuddin 26 5 5 16 -27 20
17. Lossiemouth 31 2 2 27 -106 8
18. Fort William 27 0 2 25 -182 -7