LET’S FINISH THE JOB OFF FOR BOSS JOHN, SAYS COVE MIDFIELD ACE CONNOR
JUMPING FOR JOY: Connor Scully, far right, celebrates with Jamie Masson, who scored Cove’s third goal in the 3-0 victory over East Kilbride.
COVE Rangers midfielder Connor Scully has reminded his team-mates their mission to deliver a pick-me-up to co-manager John Sheran is only half done.
John is now on the road to recovery after suffering a heart attack just over two weeks ago.
The Cove players spoke ahead of their SPFL Pyramid Play-off semi-final clash with East Kilbride about being desperate to win to cheer John up during his recuperation.
Connor, however, knows John won’t really be content unless they beat Berwick Rangers as well in the play-off final.
The sides play the first leg at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday, with the return in Berwick a week later.
“The job isn’t done yet,” said Connor, who was boosted going into the play-offs by being named as joint club player of the year, along with defender Scott Ross, and also picked up the top player award from his team mates.
“We all mentioned ahead of the clashes with East Kilbride about how much we wanted to win those for John.
“The same applies to the meetings with Berwick, we know John won’t really be pleased unless we manage to win them as well.
“We know that won’t be easy though.
“We are playing a side who have been in the SPFL for a lot of years, while a lot of us have never played any higher than the Highland League.
“They will be seen as the hot favourites and rightly so but that’s the way we prefer it.
“We will be doing our very best to get something out of the first game to take with us to the return down in Berwick.
“Everyone knows promotion has been a long term target for Cove.
“The stadium, the infrastructure, everything is geared towards a club that should be playing at the highest level possible.
“We’ve worked hard all season to set up this opportunity to maybe make that happen it’s now time for all us to make that final, big, push.”
Connor is pleased they are taking on Berwick in far better shape than they were when the lost out to Cowdenbeath at the same stage last season.
Cove were crippled by injuries and suspensions to the extent that they could only name three fit players on the bench for the second leg at Central Park, which the Blue Brazil won 3-2.
This time they have close to a fully fit squad raring to go.
“That’s a real positive,” said Connor.
“It means the management have the option to make changes if things aren’t going our way.
“It has also meant we have been playing well because everyone who has been getting a game knew if they let their standards drop there was someone waiting to step in.
“Winning breeds confidence and we couldn’t be in any more of a positive frame of mind than we are right now.
“Hopefully it will be different for Berwick because they’ve not had the best of times over the last few weeks.
“But we all know all that will really matter is who turns up and plays the best on these next two huge matches
PRIZE GUY: Connor Scully receives his players player of the year trophy from Cove Rangers co-manager John Sheran.