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Cove and Portlethen draw in competitive clash

Cove BC 1

King 55

Portlethen SC 1

Hay 32

Claire Gulline | YFS Aberdeen Senior Reporter
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After observing a moment’s silence for the tragic passing of Ryan Wood of Deveronvale FC under-14s, Cove BC and Portlethen SC faced off in a challenging fixture at Aulton. The score reflected the competitive nature of the game at 1-1, with Colbie King scoring for Cove, and Lewis Hay scoring for Portlethen.

Portlethen got the game started and Lewis Hay made an early break down the wing but Cove were able to clear the danger. However as Cove pressed forward, Portlethen forced them back, and Hay made another break but shot wide of the goal. Soon after, Fraser Neave made his attempt for the visitors but the ball was caught by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson.

Cove were soon able to create chances of their own, with Joseph Hartley showing off some nifty footwork to take possession of the ball before passing it wide to Sean Lever. Lever then crossed it into the box where Gregory Milne saw his shot go wide.

The home side had another chance as a corner was crossed into the box. Lever’s shot was deflected to deny the chance and Portlethen quickly cleared the danger before any more shots could be made.

End-to-end play ensued, with Hartley trying to get a shot at goal for Cove. However Portlethen had the next chance through Neave who pressed forward for his side before Jack Harris closed the attack down.

Another Cove corner was cleared by Portlethen before Lewis Wilson broke through the visitors’ defence only for his shot to go wide.

Portlethen’s next chance came from a free kick just inside Cove’s half but the ball was nudged just too far for Logan King to make his shot. However moments later, Lewis Hay shot from 30 yards and lobbed the ball over Paterson and into the net to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Cove quickly pressed forward again and looked set to equalise but Colbie King’s shot was marginally wide, brushing the side of the net.

The visitors were soon on the attack again, with King attempting a similar lob to Hay’s, only for his shot to go over the crossbar. In one last attack, Oliver Shearer broke down the wing from his own half with blistering pace but his shot from within the box was caught by Paterson to end the half.

Cove made their intentions clear from early on in the second half, with Wilson crossing the ball into the box only for Portlethen goalkeeper, Michael Sangster, to catch it. Hartley then made a break down the wing and crossed it to King who tried to tap it in but Sangster was able to deny the score.

Eager to maintain their lead, Portlethen held their defence before mounting their own attack, with Shearer looking dangerous and making yards before Cove were able to clear. Neave, Hay and King linked up to press forward but could not get the shot that they were looking for.

A free kick looked set to provide the visitors with a chance and Ross Wood sent the ball into the box from just inside Cove’s half. However Thomas Mann’s shot was kept out by Paterson. 

Once again, Hartley and King linked up, and following a strong run and cross from Hartley, King was able to tap it in, with 55 minutes played.

Kaie Craig shot from 25 yards for the visitors but Paterson kept it out. Mann then shot from the edge of the box but Paterson denied this scoring opportunity as well.

With the final whistle imminent, both teams were determined to add to their score and Cove had the opportunity with a series of corners but Portlethen held their defence and were able to clear. With one last chance, Aaron Henderson shot from the edge of the box but his shot was just wide and the game ended in a draw.

Lineups

Cove BC
Portlethen SC
1. Samuel Paterson
2. Kyle Smith
3. Jack Harris
4. Kai Tait
5. Colin Chen
6. Callum Mooney
7. Sam McKellar
8. Sean Lever
9. Jay Ridgeway
10. Colbie King
11. Lewis Wilson
14. Liam McGregor
15. Joseph Hartley
16. Aaron Henderson
17. Gregory Milne
18. Ben Campbell
1. Michael Sangster
2. Calum Shepherd
3. Ben Will
4. Oliver Shearer
5. Animesh Bhujel
6. Ross Wood
9. Murray Sinclair
10. Kaie Craig
11. Nathan Hay
14. Joe Moore
16. Kieran Masson
18. Logan King
19. Thomas Mann
20. James Chadwick
21. Fraser Neave
22. Lewis Hay
Star Player
Cove BC
Portlethen SC
Joseph Hartley - Was a prominent figure in defence and attack for Cove, making numerous breaks and showcasing some neat footwork to create chances for himself and his teammates.
Lewis Hay showed impressive pace to find space and drive forward with the ball. This allowed him a number of chances, and he was rewarded with his score.
Magic Moment
Cove BC
Portlethen SC
The interchanging play by King and Hartley throughout the game was great, and eventually led to the side's goal.
Oliver Shearer's break down the wing at the end of the first half showed impressive pace and skill, and looked set to be a goal-scoring opportunity. It emphasised the team's attacking intent.
Club Views
Cove BC
Portlethen SC
Peter Campbell, head coach of Cove BC, said: "It took us a long time to get started. We didn't really play our football until the second half. I think we controlled the game but their keeper had a worldly second half to keep us at bay. We got one point instead of three and I'm a bit disappointed about that. There's room for improvement."

On their aims for this season, he spoke of promotion. "I believe [the boys] are good enough to be playing at a higher level. It's down to them once they're on the park."

Derek Masson, Portlethen SC coach, said: "I was happy with the performance and I think the guys certainly put in a shift. I think we shaded the first half and deservedly went in ahead but probably rode our luck in the second half. It was probably a fair result in the end."

On their aims for this season, he said: "We're trying to finish above mid-table but mainly for the guys to develop. As long as they show improvement and put in the effort like we saw today, I'll be happy with that."

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