WORDS OF WISDOM FROM COVE BOSS JOHN HELPED FINALLY KILL OFF KEITH, SAYS GOAL HERO JIMMY
WELL DONE: Daniel Park congratulates Jimmy Scott for scoring against Keith.
COVE Rangers manager John Sheran’s half-time talk has been credited for ensuring they eventually beat Keith 1-0 to maintain their challenge for the Breedon Highland League title.
Jimmy Scott scored the only goal after Cove had spent close to an hour attempting to breach a packed Keith defence at Kynoch Park.
Former Hibs and Ross County hitman Jimmy claimed it was words of wisdom from boss John during the interval that ensured they were eventually able to get the three points.
“We persevered and got the job done,” said Jimmy.
“The manager deserves a lot of credit for that with his reaction at half time.
“He told us to remain calm, just keep playing and we would eventually get the breakthrough we were hoping for.
“We were creating loads of chances but there is always a danger you might get frustrated and lose your way a bit.
“The gaffer mentioned that and advised us to maybe take an extra touch and try to pass the ball around them a bit more.
“We did that and that eventually led to the chance I was able to put away.”
Jimmy was quick to praise Keith keeper Greg Simpson for the gallant effort he made to try and stop him netting the winner.
He saved Jamie Masson’s initial shot and also Jimmy’s effort from the first rebound before the Cove man finally slotted the ball home.
“He also made a few other decent saves in the game,” said Jimmy.
“That shows how much we were on top and deserved to win.”
Jimmy also credited the strong camaraderie within the Cove squad for ensuring they got the win needed to leave themselves requiring one more point from their remaining two games to secure the championship.
The first of those matches is away to Forres Mechanics on Saturday.
“I’ve only been at Cove a short time but have seen there is a real togetherness about the place,” he said.
“Everyone wants to play but those who aren’t picked always make a point of supporting those who have, that’s important if a team is to be successful.
“It has also ensured I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club so far.
“I was among the more fortunate this time but accept that could change for the next game.
“But we will continue to stick together because we are eager to get the title won.
“I’m the newcomer but we are all excited about what could happen this weekend.
“Whoever is picked will go out there with the bit between their teeth determined to get the job done.”
Cove boss John said: “I can only thank the players for winning in very difficult circumstances.
“Keith did what a lot of opponents have in recent weeks, sat in with a back five, with another player in front of that for extra protection.
“It was designed to restrict us but it didn’t work.
“We played some good stuff, moved the ball about really well and created chances.
“The players showed great character to ensure we eventually got the result we wanted.
“That was despite getting what I felt was a perfectly good goal disallowed in the first half (after Jordan MacRae had netted the rebound after home keeper Simpson had parried a shot).
“The players around the incident said their keeper had lost control of the ball and Jordan poked it into the net, so I can’t understand why it was disallowed.
“Sometimes players can get frustrated by things like that, but not our lads.
“It just made them more determined to eventually get the goal their domination deserved.
“I’ve already warned them to expect a similar match when we play Forres.
“Every team we face is desperate to stop us getting the points we need so the players are going to have to keep digging deep if we are to get to where we want to be.”