COVE HITMAN MITCH DESPERATE TO DO HIS BIT IN HIGHLAND LEAGUE CUP FINAL THIS TIME AROUND
EAGER TO PLAY: Cove Rangers striker Mitch Megginson.
MITCH Megginson says helping Cove Rangers win the Highland League Cup this weekend would mean the world to him.
Cove face north-east rivals Formartine United in the final at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, on Saturday.
It’s a repeat of the 2017 final, which was edged 2-1 by Cove, at Fraserburgh.
Cove top scorer Mitch missed that final through suspension, although he was still presented with a medal by the club to mark his contribution in the earlier rounds.
While happy to have that medal, Mitch admitted he’s desperate to earn one in his own right by helping Cove beat Formartine again at Inverurie.
“It was nice that someone gave me a medal but it’s never the same as actually playing in the final and winning one,” said Mitch, whose late strike in last weekend’s 5-0 victory over Wick Academy in the Breedon Highland League was his 44th of the campaign.
“Everybody wants to play in the big finals, so it was frustrating having to sit in the stand and watch the last time we reached that stage in this competition.
“You always enjoy the celebrations and banter better after finals if you have actually taken part.
“Hopefully I will get the chance to be out on the pitch this time, although nobody at Cove takes their place for granted because there is so much competition in every position.
“We are all looking forward to the final - and all hoping to be selected.”
Both sides will be attempting to complete cup doubles when they go head to head at Harlaw.
Cove won the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup early in the campaign while Formartine claimed the Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield in February by beating Banks o’ Dee in the final.
“That will be an added incentive for both sets of players,” said Mitch.
“Winning trophies is what we are all in the game to do.
“We could even end up with a treble if we were to go on and win the league title as well.
“But we are looking no further forward than the game at Inverurie at this stage.
“Formartine have shown they are a fantastic cup side, let’s not forget they are also the holders of this one.
“We know we are in for what will probably be the hardest game we’ve faced all season.
“That’s no surprise because Formartine have been the main challenges to Cove since I came to the club.
“There’s a strong, healthy, rivalry that helps make every game against them exciting and enjoyable.
“They will come out and have a right go at us, as they always do, and will be fired up for the task of winning the trophy again.
“It’s up to us to rise to that challenge and do all that we can to make sure we come out on top, but it’s not going to be easy.”