PRAISE: Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley is pleased with the way his team performed in Perth.

COVE Rangers manager Paul Hartley has applauded his team for making sure it wasn’t crumbs for them in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup after conceding a goal after just 90 seconds in their first round clash with St Johnstone Colts in Perth.
The McDiarmid park teenagers stunned Cove with their quick-fire opener but were eventually well beaten thanks to strikes from Jordon Brown, Daniel Park, Mitch Megginson and Jimmy Scott.
“It was a good win after what was obviously a bad start to the game,” said Paul, who now has to prepare for a trip to Brora Rangers next week in the second round after they thrashed Aberdeen Colts 6-0 at Dudgeon Park.
“I’m not happy with the goal we lost but I’m very pleased with the way the players controlled the game after that.
“We had plenty of scoring chances and took the ones we needed to in the second half.
“The St Johnstone lads also made us work hard for the victory, they were very energetic, so it was a good work out for everyone who took part.”
Paul also praised former Hibs and Ross County striker Scott for the impact he made after coming off the bench around the hour mark.
The veteran hitman set-up the third goal for Megginson before finishing the night off with an excellent header for the fourth.
Paul said: “We chose to make changes to freshen things up because we have a lot of games coming up.
“It was good to see Jimmy coming on and helping us with some excellent link-up play and scoring the last.
“I was pleased with him but also pleased with the whole team.
“The main thing was to get through to the next round and we did that.”
Next up for Cove is Saturday’s League Two visit to Albion Rovers, a match that Paul warned will be a lot harder than last weekend’s league opener against Edinburgh City.
“It’s always been a tough venue but they have really improved under the management of Kevin Harper,” said Paul.
“We know we will be up against it because of the way they play.
“It’s up to us to make sure we are ready and up for it because if we aren’t it could be a difficult afternoon.”