MITCH DESPERATE TO MAKE AMENDS FOR COVE’S CUP FINAL DEFEATS
COVE Rangers striker Mitch Megginson admits he's fed up finishing second best in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup.
Cove take on Banks o' Dee tonight in the final at Harlaw Park, Inverurie - with Mitch desperate to make amends for falling short in the last two finals of the competition.
Cove were run away Highland League champions, came within a whisker of being promoted to the SPFL and also lifted the Aberdeenshire Shield last term.
But as far as Mitch is concerned losing the Shire Cup final 1-0 to Formartine United took a little of the shine off their season. Even more so because he had also played in the previous season's final, which Cove lost on penalties to Buckie Thistle after the sides drew 2-2 after exra-time.
"We were really disappointed to lose last season's final," said Mitch.
"It was one of the few occasions in what was an otherwise successful campaign when we just never turned up.
"If you get to a cup final there is only one thing you want to do - and that's win it.
"I felt really bad after losing the final the season before, which we really threw away after dominating most of the match(Cove were 2-1 up when Mitch was substituted in the last minute and he could only look on as Buckie equalised in injury-time then won the penalty shoot-out), so I was desperate to make up for that.
"To then play as poorly as we did against Formartine was hard to handle.
"There is no way I want to be on the losing side again tonight.
"The Dee players will be thinking exactly the same way, so I'm sure it's going to be a really testing game."
Mitch accepts Dee will provide a formidable obstacle as Cove bid to lift the trophy for the third time in their history.
"We played them in the Aberdeenshire Shield final last season, so they are no pushovers," he said.
"They are also flying again this season, with some very impressive results in this cup already.
"It's now up to us to show we can rise to the challenge faced when you play against quality sides like Dee."
Mitch goes into the final in fine form. His goal in last weekend's 2-0 victory over Keith in the Breedon Highland League was his 16th of the season.
While happy with his tally so far, Mitch was quick to give credit to his team-mates, including regular strike partner, and former Raith Rovers hitman, Paul McManus.
Mitch said: "I wouldn't get the goals without the efforts of the lads around me.
"Having scored 50 odd last season I knew a lot of people would be looking to see if I could keep them coming this term too.
"I had scored around the same amount at this stage last year, so I'm pleased with how things have gone so far.
"But, to be honest, I wouldn't care if I didn't score as long as I've made some sort of contribution to help Cove win games.
"That's what really matters.
"But I feel there will be plenty more goals to come with Paul playing alongside me.
"We have clicked from the first game we played together.
"We've both played at higher levels and try to put that experience to good use.
"Paul is a cracking player, as old as he is, and I'm still learning new things off him every week.
"It's a shame we weren't paired together a few years ago, I think we could have done very well for whoever we played for.
"His work rate, at 36, is tremendous.
"That's something I've tried to copy because Ion has helped to keep him playing at the highest levels at an age when a lot of players start to taper off."