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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:22

Classy Cove too strong for Banchory

Written by  Yan Donald
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Cove BC Colts
Banchory BC 
Under 17's Soccerworld League B
Cove BC Colts’ title aspirations are even more realistic with nine games remaining thanks to a sensational victory over fellow league challengers, Banchory Boys.

Cove’s number ten slotted the ball home from twelve yards towards the end of the first half which was an early indicator of what more was to come. The win puts Cove on top- six points ahead of Banchory, who have two games in hand.

Colts needed victory while Dominic Flaherty and his men knew at least a draw would suit his purposes more than Cove’s manager.

However, the blues manager’s tactics didn’t indicate caution, as he used the 4-4-2 formation.

In a game full of chances, Cove deserved the three points from what is possibly the biggest game in the SoccerWorld League B era.

The blues started brightly at the start, but that was the only period where their passing abilities were illustrated. They were completely outclassed for the rest of the game. Plus they became passive and lacked inspiration which did not help them at all.

The Cove manager delighted the home crowd by supporting his players vocally and could have possibly be deemed as their “12th man”.

With Banchory losing, the title is possibly in the balance as the blues could win thier games in hand which are against Culter Boys Rovers and Formartine.

The Aberdeen-based team’s recent handful of victories, including this one gives Banchory no advantage over them.

After Banchory’s early dominance, Cove gradually got into the game and were rewarded with the breakthrough towards the end of the first half. Masson had no chance as the approaching Cove number 10 curled the ball home. Banchory began to rue their chances as Crowe squandered a header and hit the post after cutting inside and bending the ball with his left foot from the corner of the box. Cameron then put Donald through on goal, but only managed to strike the ball straight at the goal keeper.

Half Time: Cove BC Colts 1-0 Banchory BC

Cove were always going to be strong on the counter attack, as they were quick, tall and aggressive. This proved to be the case as they made it two goals to zero on the 50th minute.

Banchory just couldn’t cope with the physical presence of the offence of the opposing team. Cove immediate scored another with another counter attack which killed Banchory’s hopes of at least salvaging a draw.

Cove eventually got the fourth on the 70th minute and predictably, it was yet another a counter attack. The Cove attacker smashed the ball which was pushed onto the post by Masson, but then rolled into the net.

In the closing moments Cove continued to show no mercy and Banchory just couldn’t find the back of the net.

The willingness to get closer to winning that title was the difference between the two sides.

Full Time: Cove BC Colts 4-0 Banchory BC
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