FYVIE TURNS ON THE STYLE - AND SCORES - AS COVE RANGERS STAY TOP AFTER VICTORY OVER ALBION
ON TARGET: Fraser Fyvie opens the scoring against Stirling Albion.
Stirling Albion 1 Cove Rangers 2
Ladbrokes League Two
Saturday August 24, 2019
At Forthbank Stadium
FRASER Fyvie’s first goal for Cove Rangers was a feature as we continued our good start to the Ladbrokes League Two campaign with a well deserved victory in Stirling.
Former Aberdeen and Hibs midfielder Fyvie was in commanding form and capped his performance with a cool finish for the opener.
He also began the move that led to Matty Smith adding Cove’s second, early in the second half.
Albion pulled a goal back late on, but there was never any doubt that the right team won the match.
Cove manager Paul Hartley made one change to the starting line-up that beat Cowdenbeath the week before, with Matty Smith coming in for Chris Antoniazzi, who was on the bench.
The early stages were pretty low key as the two sides sized each other up, although Albion’s Josh Peters did fire a shot from the edge of the area that was held by Cove keeper Stuart McKenzie.
Cove’s first chance came in the 14th minute, after Declan Glass was fouled 25 yards out.
Jamie Masson took the free-kick but fired his shot over the crossbar.
Fyvie gradually took control, he was like a puppeteer in the middle of the park pulling all the strings, and his efforts were rewarded with the opener in the 26th minute.
Ryan Strachan sent a free-kick forward from the half-way line and when Mitch Megginson flicked the ball on FYVIE had timed his run into the area perfectly to collect it and send a cheeky toe-poke through the legs of Albion keeper Blair Currie into the net from the edge of the six yard box.
It was all Cove for the rest of the half.
Strachan sent another ball up to Megginson and his lay-off reached Masson, who saw his powerful shot deflected off target.
Megginson should have made it 2-0 in the 36th minute from a free-kick routine straight off the training pitch.
Strachan looked set to have a go with the effort from 25-yards but instead cleverly chipped the ball over the Albion defensive wall.
That left Megginson in the clear but he somehow managed to steer his eight yard shot wide of Currie’s right post.
The half ended with Currie forced to dive full length to push away a Blair Yule shot after a clever through ball from Harry Milne.
Cove’s domination was rewarded with a second goal, in the 52nd minute.
Fyvie was the architect with a marvellous through pass to Megginson and when he cut the ball back from the right SMITH battered it into the roof of the net from close range, for his first Cove goal.
Cove had a decent penalty claim turned away in the 56th minute when Megginson appeared to have been tripped as he cut in from the right.
There were some ironic cheers from the home fans when Darryl Duffy fired a weak shot well off target in a rare Albion attack a couple of minutes later
Cove responded with Glass hitting a 22-yard shot that was held by Currie.
Albion’s best chance so far came in the 79th minute, when a long range shot from David Wilson rattled the Cove crossbar.
Megginson missed another great chance a minute later, lobbing over from eight yards after doing well to create space for himself inside the Albion area.
Albion pulled a goal back in the 84th minute when slack Cove defending left Josh PETERS clear to net with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.
That meant a nervy finale for Cove but they managed to see the game out.
STIRLING ALBION: Currie, McGeachie (Truesdale 58), Lowdon, Nicoll, Banner, McLean, Jardine (Thomson 46),
Docherty (Wilson 34), Duffy, Willis, Peters.
Subs: Wright, Heaver, Hawke, Binnie.
COVE RANGERS: McKenzie, Yule, H Milne, Higgins, Strachan, Scully, Fyvie, Glass (Redman 78), Masson (Robertson 78), Smith (Ross 69), Megginson.
Subs: Kelly, Redford. Antoniazzi, McCafferty.
Referee: Kevin Graham.
WELL DONE: Fraser Fyvie is congratulated by his Cove Rangers team mates after opening the scoring at Forthbank Stadium.