MIDDLER AND JOJI WONDER GOALS GIVE COVE WINNING EDGE OVER DEE AT SPAIN PARK
GOAL GRABBERS: Daniel Middler, left, and Adam Joji netted the goals in our 2-0 victory over Banks o' Dee at Spain Park.
Banks o’ Dee 0 Cove Rangers 2
GPH Builders U20 Aberdeenshire League
DANIEL Middler and Adam Joji have been praised for the quality of the goals they scored as Cove Rangers won 2-0 away to Banks o’ Dee to remain top of the GPH Builders Aberdeenshire League.
The sides were locked at 0-0 after what had been a first half as dreich as the wet and windy weather sweeping down the length of Spain Park.
But the game was brought to life by the two astonishing goals from winger Middler and striker Joji in the early stages of the second period.
MIDDLER kicked things off in the 51st minute when he expertly curled a 20-yard free-kick beyond the Dee defensive wall into the corner of the net.
Middler also set up the second when he sent a corner in from the right ... but what JOJI did with the cross had the whole crowd on their feet applauding.
He made the perfect connection with an over-head kick 16 yards out and the home keeper could only look on as the ball bulleted past him and went in via the underside of the crossbar.
With veteran Cove defender Alan Redford - included as an over age player to get some match practice - and Scott Kinghorn rock solid at the back there was never really any danger of Dee recovering.
Cove coach Gary Hake said: “Both scorers deserve full praise, their strikes were of the very highest quality.
“I urged Daniel to take the free-kick because we know he is capable of making good use of them.
“He put the ball where there was no chance of the keeper saving it, it was a fantastic strike.
“What Adam then did was just astonishing, a goal he will rightly remember for a long time.
“He can be a bit unorthodox at times, he also hit the woodwork twice and missed a couple of easier chances, but must be a nightmare to defend against.
“Adam caught the ball perfectly for his goal and I was pleased to see him get rewarded for the effort he put in.”
Hake also applauded 39-year-old Redford for the part he played in the victory.
“He marshalled the back line and formed a great partnership with young Scott in the centre of the defence,” said Gary.
“It’s great that the younger lads in the squad got the chance to play alongside Alan to see what top class defending is all about.”
COVE RANGERS: Ellis, Thomas, Critchard, Redford, Kinghorn, Yunas, Duncan, Wood, Joji, Tough, Middler.
Subs: Gomes, Carnie, Forsyth, Thomson, Morgan, Alberts.