COVE ACE CONNOR PAYS EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE GRANDMOTHER AFTER HELPING CLUB SECURE PROMOTION
GLORY DAY: Connor Scully is third from the right in the front row as Cove Rangers celebrate beating Berwick Rangers to secure promotion into League Two.
COVE Rangers midfielder Connor Scully has dedicated their historic victory over Berwick Rangers to his beloved grandmother Bunty Simpson, who passed away a few days before the sides met in the second leg of their SPFL Pyramid Play-off final.
“It’s been an emotional week for me so that was definitely for her,” said Connor.
“It was hard going out to play after what happened but I have a great family who fully supported me and said it’s what my grandma would have wanted.
“We were all there by her side when she passed away, which made it a little easier to deal with.
“She was simply a great woman who always followed my football career, I used to have to give her full match reports after every game.
“Speaking to my family before the Berwick game, we were all saying how she would be looking down on me, so it was pleasing to get such an important win.”
Connor underlined why he was voted Cove’s players’ player of the year as they beat Berwick 3-0 to secure a 7-0 aggregate victory to earn promotion up into League Two from the start of next season.
He controlled the midfield throughout the 90 minutes, as he had done in the majority of Cove’s matches during a campaign that also saw them win the Breedon Highland League, Highland League Cup and Aberdeenshire Cup.
“It’s been a good year for me football wise and for other things too,” he said.
“Getting player of the year from the other guys meant a lot.
“We also won the three trophies then capped it all by making a wee bit of history by earning promotion.
“It’s also been the year when I became a father and got engaged, so there’s a lot of good things to remember as well.”
There had been talk of Berwick maybe making a miracle comeback after losing the fist leg of the play-off final at Balmoral Stadium 4-0, but Connor was convinced that was never going to happen.
“The night before the game we all spoke about that and how determined we were to get the job done,” he said.
“I’ve never been in a team as focussed as this one is.
“You look at the 4-0 score line and some sides would have been thinking it was all over and maybe get careless, but not us.
“We were desperate to win the second leg too and we are delighted we did that playing some very good football.
“We bossed Berwick from start to finish and there is no doubt we deserved to go up.”
Connor believes co-manager Graeme Mathieson deserves a lot of credit, especially when he had to take the helm on his own while fellow co-manager John Sheran was recovering from a heart attack.
Connor said: “I’ve been working with Graeme since I joined the club as a 16 year old and he was my youth coach, so it came as no surprise.
“He has done a brilliant job over the last few weeks so it was pleasing to reward him and John by securing promotion.
“It’s also extra special because I’m a Cove boy.
“It’s amazing to think there will soon be league football getting played up in our part of Aberdeen.
“I’m looking forward to a wee break now because it’s been a long, tough, season.
“I’m off to Ibeza with my family and will enjoy that but I will also be looking after myself because I want to come back fighting fit and ready to go in what is going to be an exciting new challenge for all of us at Cove.”