Cove Rangers made it nine league games unbeaten at Christie Park with a four-nil win over Huntly.

Huntly were forced into changes from the side which advance in the Aberdeenshire Cup midweek. Alexander Thoirs came in for the injured Alexander Jack while Kai Ross was added to the bench. Cove had to do without suspended forward Jordan Macrae.

 

There were chances at either end in the opening minutes. Paul McManus passed up a great chance in the fifth minutes while Matthew McDonald fired straight at Stuart McKenzie a minute later. Paul Napier tried his luck with a speculative attempt soon after but McKenzie stood up well to hold.

The league champions opened the scoring in the eleventh minute when midfielder Jordon Brown got in at the back post to net with a downward header.

There was a let-off in the sixteenth minute when an Alexander Thoirs clearance looked to be heading towards his own goal only for Ryan McRitchie to clear.

Blair Yule made a run in behind the home defence in the twentieth minute only for Euan Storrier to pull off a point-blank stop. Storrier was called into action shortly after pull off another good save this time from a Jamie Masson free kick. Masson would again be denied when he headed against the woodwork with eight minutes of the half left.

Three minutes from the interval and Paul McManus appeared to have used a hand in getting past Blair Johnston but he showed good composure to fire low towards the far post for the second.

Half-Time: Huntly 0 Cove Rangers 2

Glenn Murison came close to reducing the deficit nine minutes into the half heading over from a Napier free kick.

Huntly had a chance to get back into the game following a penalty awarded when Darryn Kelly was cautioned for bundling over Glenn Murison. Substitute Kai Ross stepped up but as aimed inside of the post he was kept out by a superb stop from Stuart McKenzie.

With a quarter-hour gone, a set piece was not dealt with and Cove Captain Eric Watson played the ball in from near the by-line allowing the unmarked Harry Milne to tap in on the goal-line.

With second of the ninety remaining, good work by Blair Yule saw the midfield burst into the box before the ball was worked on to Paul McManus to stroke into the empty net.


Huntly (4-4-2)
Cove Rangers (4-2-3-1)

1 Euan Storrier

2 Alexander Thoirs
4 Michael Clark (captain)
5 Ryan McRitchie
3 Blair Johnston

6 Glenn Murison
7 Cameron Booth
11 Paul Napier
8 Ross Still

10 Matthew McDonald
9 Gary McGowan

1 Stuart McKenzie

2 Cameron Milne
6 Darryn Kelly
5 Eric Watson (captain)
3 Harry Milne

4 Blair Yule
8 Connor Scully

9 Daniel Park
7 Jordon Brown
11 Jamie Masson

9 Paul McManus

Substitutes

12 Kai Ross (Napier 62:15)
14 Christopher Hay
15 Darren Wood (McRitchie 53:43)
16 Tom Andrews (C Booth 65:28)
17 Reece McKeown
18 Cory Ritchie
22 John Farquhar

Substitutes

12 Ryan Strachan (Park 59:50)
14 Nicholas Gray (Brown 81:32)
15 Luke Emmett
16 Cameron Beattie (C Milne 81:32)
17 Mitchel Megginson
21 John McCafferty

Management Team

  • Martin Skinner (Caretaker Manager)
  • Christopher Baird (Coach)
  • Gordon Carter (Physio)
  • William Beaton (Kitman)

Management Team

  • John Sheran (Co-Manager)
  • Graeme Mathieson (Co-Manager)
  • Roy McBain (Assistant Manager)
  • Jennie Butler (Physio)
Referee: Mike Roncone
Assistant Referee 1: Clyde Buchan Assistant Referee 2: Callum McCruden
 
Goalscorers
  1. Jordon Brown (11:47)
  2. Paul McManus (42:29)
  3. Harry Milne (75:45)
  4. Paul McManus (89:52)
  1. Paul Napier (45+00:22) - Recklessly tackles or challenges an opponent
  2. Darren Wood (63:50) -Recklessly trips or attempts to trip an opponent
  3. Alexander Thoirs (90+01:53) - Dissent
Cautions
  1. Darryn Kelly (66:54) - Recklessly tackles or challenges an opponent
 
Sendings off
 
Match Statistics
3
Shots on target
11
2
Shots off target
14
2
Shots blocked
6
7
TOTAL SHOTS
31
4
Corners
15
14
Fouls
8
2
Offsides
0

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