AIRD AND MEGGINSON SHARE THE GOALS AS COVE EARN HISTORIC FIRST VICTORY AT CENTRAL PARK
Cowdenbeath 1 Cove Rangers 3
Ladbrokes League Two
Saturday November 2, 2019
At Central Park
COVE Rangers showed character and true grit to fight back from a goal down to secure a deserved victory over old foes Cowdenbeath in Fife.
Fraser Aird scored two crackers and Cove skipper Mitch Megginson netted his 11th of the season in what was an outstanding team performance by Paul Hartley’s men.
They played some excellent football, despite the poor state of the pitch and would have won by a lot more were it not for a series of fine saves by home keeper Kevin Dabrowski.
Cove were given a wee helping hand because they scored one of their goals from a corner that was incorrectly awarded to them.
Given what happened to Cove when they lost to the Blue Brazil at Central Park in a play-off a couple of years ago, it felt like a piece of poetic justice.
Cowdenbeath could hardly complain because they were simply played off the park.
It was extremely harsh that Cove had to come back from a goal down at all because they were by far the best side, from start to finish.
Blair Yule set the tone by breaking clear on the right in the second minute to fire a low 20 yard shot wide of the target.
Cove had a strong penalty claim turned away by referee John McKendrick two minutes later when Declan Glass appeared to be tripped after making a great run into the Cowdenbeath area.
It was all Cove, with Connor Scully the next to have a go, with a long range effort that was deflected wide.
Glass then made a brilliant turn in midfield that wrong footed three defenders then advanced to fire a 22 yard shot just wide.
It took a brilliant save by Dabrowski to deny Cove the lead in the ninth minute.
Megginson latched on to a loose pass-back then cut the ball back to Glass and his 15 yard shot was kept out by a fine one-handed stop by Dabrowski.
Despite all the Cove pressure, it was Cowdenbeath who snatched the lead in the 15th minute, from their first real attack of the game.
It was set up by an excellent cross from the left by Harvey Swann and David COX netted with a diving header from the edge of the six yard box.
Cove were unlucky not to draw level in the 24th minute, when Dabrowski made another great save to keep out Megginson’s 10 yard shot.
They kept at it though and were rewarded on the half hour.
Glass made a darting run into the Cowdenbeath area and when he cut the ball back from the left MEGGINSON was on hand to poke it over the line from close range.
Cove went ahead in the 36th minute - with a little help from a mistake by referee McKendrick.
He got it wrong when he awarded a corner after Scott Ross clearly headed the ball behind from Masson’s corner from the right.
Masson wasn’t complaining though as he raced across to the other side and fired over a cross that reached AIRD at the back post and he hammered the ball high into the net from the edge of the six yard box.
Cove were in total command of the second half too.
It began with Dabrowski making yet another excellent save to push a brilliant 25 yard shot from Glass wide of his left post.
Cove keeper Stuart McKenzie did his bit with a brave save at the feet of Kris Renton in the 57th minute.
Glass was certainly persistent and tried again in the 60th minute with a 16 yard shot that went just wide.
Cove had a second penalty appeal turned away two minutes later when Megginson appeared to be fouled as he attempted to get on to the end of a through pass from Scully.
Victory for Cove was assured when they made it 3-1 in the 77th minute thanks to a breathtaking team goal.
The move started inside their own half, on the right, when Yule and Masson exchanged passes as they advanced.
When the ball was eventually played across it reached Glass, who calmly rolled it into the path of AIRD, who had raced in from the left in time to blast a top drawer shot back across the face of the goal and low into the bottom corner of the net from eight yards.
Glass almost made it four two minutes later with a powerful shot that was beaten away by Dabrowski.
Things got a bit heated in the latter stages, with Cox fortunate not to pick up a second booking after tussling with Fyvie.
Cove kept their cool though to earn a well deserved first victory at Central Park.
COWDENBEATH : Dabrowski, Swann, Hamilton, Todd, Barr, Miller, Cox, Buchanan, Smith (Sneddon 75), Thomas (Taylor 83), Renton.
Subs: Pyper, Valentine, Whyte, Allan, Herd.
COVE RANGERS: McKenzie, Yule, Milne, Ross, Higgins, Aird, Glass, Fyvie, Scully, Masson, Megginson (Scott 87).
Subs: McCafferty, Redford, Redman, Brown, Robertson.
Referee: John McKendrick.