RORY ENJOYING PLAYING FOR COVE BUT ALSO DESPERATE TO MAKE MORE OF A CONTRIBUTION ON THE GOAL FRONT

03/02/2020

DETERMINED: Cove Rangers striker Rory McAllister in action against Annan Athletic at Balmoral Stadium.

RORY McAllister is convinced there is still much more to come from him in a Cove Rangers shirt.
Striker Rory has certainly made his presence felt in the three Ladbrokes League Two games played since he  joined us from Peterhead last month.
The 32-year-old was fouled for the two penalties awarded to us in the 3-1 victory over Cowdenbeath -  one of which he converted - and also set up our other goal, for Jamie Masson.
Rory also provided the pass that led to Jamie scoring again in the 2-0 victory over Annan Athletic and was involved in the lead up to both of our goals in last weekend’s 2-2 draw away to Albion Rovers.
But the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle hitman - and Blue Toon skipper - admitted he is desperate to make even more of positive impact in the weeks ahead.
“Like every striker, I judge my performances on how many goals I score,” said Rory, who had netted four times this season for Peterhead before making the move to Balmoral Stadium.
“That’s what the manager brought me here to do, so hopefully that will start to happen sooner rather than later.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I’ve been involved in so many assists as well.
“It means I’ve been able to come off the pitch feeling I’ve made a positive contribution but I would  feel even better if I could do that and score a few goals.
“I’m not complaining though, anyone who has watched the last three games could see how much I’m enjoying playing for this club.
“And I’m sure that enjoyment will only increase the more games I get under my belt.”
Rory’s lead up play at the Riegart Stadium had allowed skipper Mitch and midfielder Jamie to put us 2-0 up by the 65th minute.
He had been replaced by the time Rovers replied, in the 81st and 86th minutes, to snatch a share of the points, but Rory argued that it was always going to be difficult to see the game out on the sub standard pitch down at Coatbridge.
Rory said: “Once you go 2-0 up in any game you immediately think ‘let’s just see it out and it’s another three points.’
“But, honestly, doing that away to Albion Rovers is one of the most difficult tasks in this league.
“The pitch is so bad, it’s muddy, bumpy and horrible ... it’s a real leveller and it often comes down to playing percentage football.
“It’s also down to making sure you concentrate and keep competing right up to the final whistle.
“It’s a shame we didn’t manage to do that in the end because I felt we had done what we had to up until those last few moments.
“But going to places like Coatbridge and at least taking something could make a huge difference to our chances of being where we want to be at the end of the season.
“We were all gutted we let the victory slip away - but the point we did get could prove to be vital in the long run.
“There is nothing we can do about it now, that’s for sure.
“It’s up to us to learn from what happened and try to be more ruthless if we find ourselves in that situation again.”

GOOD COMBINATION: Mitch Megginson, left, has reaped the benefits from having Rory McAllister playing alongside him.