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Cove Youth FC make history as they advance to their first ever Scottish Cup final

Cove Youth FC 3

Rothnie 13, Seed 16, Davidson 23

The Celtic Boys Club 1

McGinley 69
  • Sunday, 18 March 2018
  • Spain Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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A very good first half performance from Cove Boys Club was enough for the Aberdeen side to earn their place in the Under 13s Scottish Cup Final where they will face either Grassroots Development Coaching or Hutchison Vale in the final at the Excelsior Stadium in May. It was a wintry morning, however the weather died down before the storm on the pitch began. An impressive crowd of 450 turned out to witness this one.

Both sides have enjoyed some good wins on their way to the semi-finals with Cove beating Middlefield Wasps, Lasswade Thistle, Kilwinning Rangers, Erskine Youth, Banks O'Dee Albion and Falkirk FCF while Celtic beat Finnart, Preston Athletic, East Kilbride Caley Thistle, Bathgate Thistle Whites and Ferry Athletic.

SFA President Alan MacRae and Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney both wished Cove all the best for this contest and it their best wishes appeared to have bolstered the ADJFA side. Both teams understandably started the game nervy with Celtic being patient in their build up during the opening exchanges of the game, whilst Cove pressed their Glasgow counterparts whenever they could.

Celtic had the first clear cut opportunity of the game through Stefan Grant, whose shot went over the bar after a good build up. Going forward, Celtic were really good however the visitors were having to answer a lot of questions at the back.

A good ball from Josh Robb via a free kick played in Charlie Rothnie whose header went straight at Nathan Caldwell. The hosts were the more dangerous side going forward and are a very attack minded team, something which they used to their full advantage in this game.

The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes. Another great delivery came in from Robb which was met by Charlie Rothnie who got in front of Caldwell and headed home a fine header to give the Aberdeen side the dream start.

Cove kept pressing at Celtic Boys Club and doubled their advantage three minutes later, another superb ball came in from Robb which was met by Kasen Seed who guided home a fine header past Caldwell.

Mark Robb's outfit extended their lead after 23 minutes in what was unfortunate circumstances for Celtic. A ball from Robb found Ramsay Davidson and the midfielder lashed a long range effort goalwards which was fumbled by Caldwell and into the net. Unfortunate for the goalkeeper who despite the error had a good game and tried to remain as positive as he could.

  • Half Time:
  • Cove Youth FC
  • 3-0
  • The Celtic Boys Club

The second half was very tepid compared to the first and the crowd knew that Celtic had to come out of the blocks early in the half in order to rescue the tie. There was going to be mistakes for both teams understandably as time was moving on, however both sides still served up a cracking advert for youth football.

An error in the Cove backline almost allowed Celtic a pathway back into the game with Jack Cox, however he flashed his effort wide with Cove goalkeeper Lloyd Sharp doing enough to thwart the Celtic forward.

Cox then played in Stuart Tollett for the visitors who unleased a fine effort from the edge of the box however it didn't trouble Sharp in the Cove goal and went just over the bar.

Cove were keen to put the game to bed whenever they could and they had a few opportunities to do so with Kasen Seed and Ross Burns having shots which were denied by Aiden McNab.

Celtic reduced the deficit before the final whistle blew with Lewis McGinley knocking the ball home, however time was running out and it wasn't going to be long before Cove would make history in making their first ever Scottish Cup final.

Cove Boys Club have never made even the fifth round before this season and congratulations go to Aberdeenshire side who have done brilliantly so far this season however manager Mark Robb and his players set a high standard and there are expectations within the camp at the team however these expectations haven't been met yet, with a lot of football yet to be played this season.

As for Celtic, this will be a tough one to take for them and a really good first half showing from Cove was the difference between the teams. Celtic have been tremendous in the Scottish Cup this season with the amount of goals they have scored this season and have been very impressive.

Congratulations to Cove Youth FC and best wishes in the Scottish Cup Final!

  • Full Time:
  • Cove Youth FC
  • 3-1
  • The Celtic Boys Club


Cove Youth FC
The Celtic Boys Club
1. Lloyd Sharp
2. Dylan Robb
4. Liam Duthie
9. Danny Robertson
11. Josh Robb
16. Jamie Rennie
18. Calum Somers
22. Kasen Seed
23. Ramsay Davidson
24. Anton Chauvin
26. Charlie Rothnie
28. Ross Burns
32. McKenzie Gove
33. Ben Brown
1. Nathan Caldwell
3. Jared Lyons
4. Callum Stewart
5. Lewis McGinley
6. Aiden Whitters
7. Aiden Hainen
8. Aaron Kelly
9. Stuart Tollett
10. Liam Woods
11. Anthony McLaughlin
12. Aiden McNab
15. Louis Henderson
16. Stefan Grant
17. Allan Mackie
18. Jack Cox
20. Conor O'Grady
21. Aaron Harton
Star Player
Cove Youth FC
The Celtic Boys Club
Josh Robb - It was a very good team performance and everyone played their part however Josh had three assists and could have had a few goals as well.
Lewis McGinley - Had a good game and got a deserved goal.
Magic Moment
Cove Youth FC
The Celtic Boys Club
The final whistle which meant Cove Youth FC got to the Scottish Cup final for the first time in their history.
Lewis McGinley's strike. A good goal!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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