COVE RANGERS YOUNGSTERS DESPERATE TO MAKE HISTORY FOR CLUB IN SCOTTISH YOUTH CUP
HOTSHOTS: Arthur Morgan, left, and Cameron Carnie, who have been in top form up front this season for Cove's youth side.
SFA Youth Cup, fourth round.
Haddington Athletic v Cove Rangers
At Whittinghame Drive,
Friday December 7, kick off 8pm
COVE Rangers will be bidding to go where they've never gone before when they face Haddington Athletic in the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup on Friday.
The Cove youngsters make the long trek to East Lothian, the match is being played around 25 miles from Edinburgh hoping to make it through to the quarter finals of the national competition for the first time in their history.
Gary Hake, the club's head of youth development, admitted the chance to maybe face some of the country's big guns in the last eight will act as extra motivation for the youngsters.
"Its a huge incentive for them and the whole club," said Gary, who saw his charges warm up for the cup clash with a 3-0 victory over Deveronvale at Balmoral Stadium in the SHFL Under 17 League. Winger Orin Collin scored twice, with his second a shot that went in off a Vale defender.
Cameron Carnie netted the third late on.
Coach Gary continued: "It would mean a lot to see Cove rubbing shoulders with the youth teams from the likes of Aberdeen, Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Hibs.
"Playing against sides of that quality would also aid the development of our lads because it would show them the standards they need to aim for if they want to the best players they can possibly be.
"The Haddington youngsters will be thinking the same way.
"Ours is the only tie that doesn't feature one of the senior clubs, so it's a great opportunity for one of us to secure a possible cracker of a tie in the last eight.
"We accept it won't be easy because we are having to travel but it would be brilliant if we could do enough to get ourselves in the hat for the next round."
Playing the game on a Friday night is something Cove have agreed to with reluctance.
"It has meant taking some of the boys off school and others needing to get away from work early so that we can make the three hour journey south," said Gary.
"We would have preferred playing the tie on the Sunday but accept that didn't suit our opponents either, so we just have to get on with it now."
Cove showed they can handle playing on the road when they beat Kelty 4-3 down in Fife in the previous round.
They were helped by the fact they made a strong start and were 3-0 up inside the first 12 minutes, something Gary would love to see replicated on Friday.
They will also be hoping strike duo Carnie and Arthur Morgan, who have netted 21 and nine goals respectively so far this season, maintain their good form.
"We will certainly be looking to take the game at our opponents," said Gary.
"It's the best approach when you are playing in these one off ties.
"We are expecting it to be a lot tougher than it was against Kelty, so we will need to defend strongly too.
"What I can promise is our lads will be out there doing all they can to make the club proud of their performance."
COVE RANGERS - from - Balint Demus, Conan Kennedy, Rhys Thomas, Jack Burnett, James Gomes, Demilade Yunus, Reece Wilson, Lewis Youngson, Cameron Carnie, Josh Petrie, Orin Collin, Blair McGinigal, Cameron Maxwell, Arthur Morgan, Simon Mitchell.Scott Kinghorn, Dylan Forsyth, Matthew Tough, Daniel Critchard.