WALKER, BRAND AND HOLLAND ON TARGET AS COVE SEE OFF HUNTLY IN YOUTH LEAGUE
GOAL HEROES: Cove’s scorers in the victory over Huntly, from left; Lewis Brand, Ethan Walker and Stephen Holland.
Cove Rangers 3 Huntly 0
SHFL U17 Youth League.
COVE Rangers youth coach Gary Hake has praised his players for digging deep to beat Huntly 3-0 at Balmoral Stadium to remain on top of the Under-17 Youth League.
Ethan Walker, Lewis Brand and substitute Stephen Holland got the goals that eventually claimed the points, but it was far from an easy evening for the Cove youngsters.
Huntly hit the woodwork three times and were also denied by a brilliant second half save by Cove keeper Daniel Neish.
Gary said: “We knew before we started it would be a testing match because Huntly have recorded some impressive results already this season.
“Even more so because a lot of our lads also had to play some very tough Scottish Juvenile Cup ties with their parent clubs the day before.
“It was hard going for them as the match progressed, but they dug deep and got the job done, so I’m delighted with that.”
Cove made the perfect start when an excellent through pass from Jamie Boylan allowed WALKER to run on and fire home from the edge of the area after just four minutes.
Huntly rattled the Cove crossbar twice before the home side were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute, for a foul on Boylan.
BRAND slotted that away to give Cove a wee bit of breathing space at the interval.
Neish maintained their two goal lead with a top class stop from a point blank Matthew Begg shot in the 55th minute.
Cove made best use of that break in the 62nd minute when HOLLAND hammered home from almost on the line after the ball had broken into his path when the Huntly defence failed to clear a home corner.
The visitors then hit a post too on a night when Cove were never at their very best but did what they needed to.
COVE RANGERS: Neish, Monk, Blanksby, Douglas, Duncan, Murphy, Boylan, Gray, Brand, Dunbar, Walker.
Subs: Holland, Carnie, Coutts, McPherson, Napier.