6 - 1
Jamie Watt (34)
Jamie Watt (42)
Martin Johnston (48)
Barrie Stephen (51)
Ritchie Livingston (63)
Phil Reid (69)
Martin Gunn (43)
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Phil Reid for Kevin Webster (66)
Jerry O'Driscoll for Robbie Henderson (71)
Jamie Cromar for Barrie Stephen (75)
Gary Farquhar for Bryan McKiddie (56)
Greg Shearer for Martin Gunn (79)
Martin Sutherland for David Cowie (84)
Ronny Wright (Referee)
Cove unfurled their championship flag at Allan Park today but unfortunately Academy couldn't spoil their party. Cove ran out 6-1 winners and that puts them to the top spot in the league.
Gary Weir missed the game due to a suspension and club captain Martin Gunn regained his place in the starting line-up.
Early action saw both sides almost take the lead. Coves chance coming from a Watt attack into the box that MacMillan acted smartly on diving onto the ball to smother the danger, and Wicks attempt coming from an excellently taken Manson free-kick that the Cove keeper Windrum got finger-tips to turning it over the cross-bar.
Cove pressed hard and after a few good squandered chances and good goalkeeping by MacMillan they eventually took the lead. McCulloch picked out Watt with an accurate crossed ball and he calmly side-footed home from close range.
0 - 1
3 minutes from the break they doubled their lead when Watt scored his second of the game. He marched through the Academy defence and lobbed the ball over MacMillan's head from 10 yards out.
0 - 2
Academy responded to this in the best possible way by pulling one back within a minute of the re-start. Macadie fired a free-kick towards the near post and Gunn timed his run to perfection to net with a divi9ng header from 5 yards out.
2 - 1
Half time 2 - 1
With only 90 seconds of the second half played Academy almost levelled the scores. Gunn split the Cove defence with an inch-perfect pass threading the ball to Cunningham who ran through onto keeper Windrum but his shot from 12 yards out went agonisingly past the post.
Less than a minute later Cove struck the sucker-punch. Webster crossed into the box and Johnston ran onto it and stroked it home into the bottom corner.
3 - 1
Coves 4th came just three minutes later. Stephen cut in from the left and drilled the ball low past MacMillan's left hand.
4 - 1
Cove went nap with just over an hour gone, Livingstone executing the perfect free-kick which almost burst the back of the net.
5 - 1
Reid took the place of Cove's star player Webster and within three minute of being on the park he wrapped the scoring up. He drove down the Academy right wing and fired a swerving right foot shot into the net.
Academy kept fighting and had a few good chances before the full-time whistle with Gunn and Cunningham both coming close, but Cove managed to shut-up shop and no further goals were added to the score-card.
Full time 6 - 1
So a disappointment for Academy but this was always going to be a tough game as a league opener. Next week sees the continuation of a really tough run of opening games as the boys make another long trip to Fraserburgh.
Match report written by Ken Wood
|Don MacMillan (GK)||-||2||-||114||-|
|Gary Farquhar (sub)||-||1||-||114||24|
|Greg Shearer (sub)||-||1||-||3||-|
|Martin Sutherland (sub)||-||1||-||6||-|