Cove Rangers 6
Wick Academy 1
League


Cove Rangers 

6 - 1

Wick Academy


League
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
Allan Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jamie Watt (34)
Jamie Watt (42)
Martin Johnston (48)
Barrie Stephen (51)
Ritchie Livingston (63)
Phil Reid (69)
Martin Gunn (43)

Team Managers
Unknown. Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Lee Windrum
Neil Cruickshank
Ritchie Livingstone
Clark Bain
Murry McCulloch
Kevin Tindal
Barrie Stephen
Martin Johnston
Jamie Watt
Robbie Henderson
Kevin Webster
Don MacMillan
Alex Lamb
Andrew MacLeod
Gary Manson
Bryan McKiddie
Sean Stewart
Martin Gunn
Craig Shearer
Stevie Cunningham
Richard Macadie
David Cowie

Bench
Jerry O'Driscoll
Phil Reid
David Smith
Jamie Cromar
Stuart McKenzie
James More
Gary Farquhar
Martin Sutherland
Greg Shearer

Substitutions
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)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ronny Wright (Referee)





Match Report


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.

6 -1

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



Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 2008)


2008/2009 All Time
Age
Don MacMillan (GK) - 2 - 114 -
Andrew MacLeod - 2 - 2105
Alex Lamb - 2 - 1131
Stevie Cunningham - 2121
Craig Shearer - 2 - 29534
Martin Gunn - 2133970
Sean Stewart - 2 - 4 -
Bryan McKiddie - 2 - 47 -
Gary Manson24 2 - 24125
Richard Macadie21 2 - 9816
David Cowie - 2 - 1497
Gary Farquhar (sub) - 1 - 11424
Greg Shearer (sub) - 1 - 3 -
Martin Sutherland (sub) - 1 - 6 -






League Table (as at August 2nd, 2008)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 1 1 0 0 +5 3
2. Inverurie Locos 1 1 0 0 +3 3
3. Lossiemouth 1 1 0 0 +3 3
4. Deveronvale 1 1 0 0 +2 3
5. Keith 1 1 0 0 +2 3
6. Buckie Thistle 1 0 1 0 0 1
7. Clachnacuddin 1 0 1 0 0 1
8. Forres Mech 1 0 1 0 0 1
9. Fraserburgh 1 0 1 0 0 1
10. Huntly 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Rothes 1 0 0 1 -2 0
12. Brora Rangers 1 0 0 1 -2 0
13. Fort William 1 0 0 1 -3 0
14. Nairn County 1 0 0 1 -3 0
15. WICK 1 0 0 1 -5 0