Haddington Athletic 0 Cove Rangers 1

COVE Rangers youth chief Gary Hake tonight praised the club's under-17 side for making it through to the last eight of the Scottish Youth Cup for the first time in history.

Cameron Carnie, pictured, scored the only goal as they won 1-0 away to Haddington Athletic, despite having to cope with a howling gale sweeping down the length of the pitch.

Hake said: "I couldn't be more proud of a group of players than I am of these lads tonight.

"it was a really fantastic, professional, performance by them in very difficult conditions and against tough opponents.

"They were gutsy and stayed focussed on what needed to be done to win the game.

"The conditions meant it wasn't a night for playing football.

"It was about sticking to their tasks and maintaining full concentration and every one of them did that."

CARNIE struck midway through the second half, when he turned a defended at the edge of the Haddington area before firing a well placed shot into the corner of the net.

it was the 22nd goal of the season for Cameron, who has also been on the bench for the first team this term.

Coach Hake said: "it was a brilliant finish from a lad who is showing real promise at the moment."

Many of the Cove players had to get special permission to get time off school and others had to leave work and college early so that they could make the three hour trip to just outside Edinburgh to play the last 16 tie.

"It was a real show of commitment to Cove that everyone at the club really appreciated," said Hake.

Cove  will now face some of Scottish youth football's big guns in the next round.

Aberdeen also won 1-0 tonight, away to Motherwell. Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Hibs are among the other senior clubs who also have last 16 ties to play over the course of this weekend.