COVE STORM BACK TO MAKE IT A DANDY DOZEN WINS AT BALMORAL THANKS LATE RORY STRIKE
Cove Rangers 2 Edinburgh City 1
Ladbrokes League Two
Saturday February 15, 2020
At Balmoral Stadium
COVE Rangers showed real character to come from behind to beat Edinburgh City 2-1 and move six points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League Two.
Defender Daniel Higgins equalised with a stunning strike before striker Rory McAllister pounced to score the winner just two minutes from time.
The dramatic winner was much to the delight of the home fans in the bumper 909 crowd, who had braved stormy conditions to be at Balmoral Stadium.
Cove also maintained their 100% home record despite being without injured top scorer Mitch Megginson - and having to cope with experienced centre-back Ryan Strachan being forced to go off injured in the first half.
The driving rain and wind made it difficult for both sets of players in the first half.
The best chance of that period fell to McAllister, who danced past two Edinburgh defenders before shooting just wide.
Cove had a strong penalty claim turned away a minute after the restart when Broque Watson appeared to be fouled in the box, with referee Peter Stuart instead booking the former Annan winger for alleged simulation.
Cove’s agony was compounded when Edinburgh took the lead in the 48th minute, when Scott SHEPHERD slotted home from close range after Jordan Sinclair had fed a corner into the box.
Harry Milne nearly equalised almost immediately when he got on the end of a Jamie Masson corner but his shot rebounded to safety off the Edinburgh crossbar.
When Cove did equalise in the 55th minute it was through an astonishing strike that will surely be a contender for goal of the season.
The ball dropped in front of HIGGINS 25 yards out and his dipping volley gave the Edinburgh keeper no chance as it flew into the top corner.
Edinburgh looked set to escape with a point until McALLISTER pounced in the 88th minute.
Once again, it was a well flighted Masson corner that caused panic in the Edinburgh area and former Peterhead striker McAllister showed his predatory skills by forcing the ball home from close range to spark amazing scenes of celebrations inside Balmoral Stadium.
The sensational victory maintains Cove’s proud record of having won all 12 SPFL games played so far at Balmoral Stadium.
We remain alongside English Premier League leaders Liverpool who are the only other senior side in Britain still to drop a point at home.
COVE RANGERS: McKenzie, Ross, Milne, Strachan (Leighton 35), Higgins, Yule, Fyvie, Scully, Watson (Robertson 76), McAllister, Masson.
Subs: Mulligan, Redman, Brown, McCafferty.
EDINBURGH CITY: Mason, Thomson, Balatoni, Crane (Kane 78), Handling, Laird, Sinclair (Holmes 67), Savoury, Shepherd, Court (Henderson 84).
Subs: Beveridge, Brown, Wilson, Harris.
Referee: Peter Stuart.