COVE Rangers have been thanked for giving brave Aberdeen schoolgirl Megan McIntosh a day out that she will never forget.
Eight year old Megan has endured three major operations since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in December.
The Walker Road Primary School pupil is on the mend now though and was thrilled when Cove made her the mascot for their Breedon Highland League clash with Wick Academy at Balmoral Stadium.
Megan was led out on to the pitch by manager John Sheran, wearing her lucky No8 shirt.
She also got a special hug from one of her Cove heroes, midfielder Blair Yule, who wore his club’s No8 shirt during their 5-0 victory over Wick.
Megan’s dad, Craig, said: “The hug from Blair was the icing on the cake as far as she was concerned.
“Megan was delighted when Cove agreed to let her be the mascot for the day.
“Our entire family are avid Cove fans, my father took me to my first game when I was about four and Megan had been to matches before she became unwell.
“It was always our intention to take her back to another one as soon as she was fit enough.
“I would like to thank Cove for making it a day that Megan and our whole family will never forget.”
Craig admitted he and Megan’s mother, Michelle, are “very proud” of the courage she has shown since being diagnosed with what is a life threatening condition.
It meant spending three months in hospital in Edinburgh while having major surgery to her brain, three times, but Megan has remained positive throughout.
Craig said: “She always has a smile on her face and has shown amazing courage for someone of her age.
“It’s been a very tough and emotional period for our family but Megan has been a real inspiration because of the way she has refused to allow what has happened to her get her down.
“She’s a real fighter and we are always telling her how proud we are of her.”
Megan’s next wish is to see her beloved Cove Rangers lift the Highland League Cup.
They are due to play Formartine United in the final at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, next Saturday.
“Megan will be there if she is well enough,” said Craig.
“I know it would mean the world to her if she could see Cove win the cup.”
Cove hope it will prove to be another extra special day for the youngster because they have asked Megan to be their mascot at the cup final as well.
Cove manager John Sheran said: “We were all delighted to see Megan at the game and pleased she proved to be a lucky mascot too.
“Everyone at Cove admires how she has coped with all that has happened to her and it was a pleasure to see her enjoying her time with us.
“We are looking forward to having her with us again next Saturday.”