COVE MANAGER JOHN WANTS PLAYERS TO USE SHIELD DEFEAT BY FORMARTINE AS A WAKE UP CALL
FRUSTRATED: Cove boss John Sheran, front.
COVE Rangers manager John Sheran says they didn't deserve to beat Formartine United in their Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield clash at Balmoral Stadium.
The men from Pitmedden won 4-2 to knock the holders out on a night when Cove also had skipper Eric Watson and midfielder Connor Scully sent off.
Cove boss John said: "We didn't do enough to deserve to win, so we have no complaints.
"You certainly won't win games if you don't defend properly, which is what we did.
"Having to make one or two changes because of injuries wasn't ideal, but those who came in are capable of far better.
"We have changed things about regularly this season to ensure everyone has had enough game time so that they are ready when required.
"Unfortunately we just didn't defend well when we needed to and that cost us the game.
"We enjoyed the bulk of possession and created chances but made it too easy for a very good Formartine side, who will punish you if you aren't at the top of your game."
Cove's hopes of victory were obviously hampered by the red cards shown to Scully and Watson, of which John said: "I didn't see what happened at the second one.
"But it looked as if there were players coming in to cover in the incident that led to Connor being sent off.
"We created our own problems by giving the ball away needlessly before that, which made it even more harsh on Connor.
"It's past now, so we move on.
"The way we played was uncharacteristic and I will be looking for a positive response from the players when we face Forres in the league on Saturday.
"We should be using the manner of the defeat by Formartine as a bit of a wake up call.
"It's a timely reminder to the players of what can happen if they drop their standards."
Saturday's Breedon Highland League clash with the Can Cans at Balmoral kicks off at 3pm.
CLINCHER: Andrew Greig scores Formartines third after Connor Scully had been sent off.