St. Johnstone beat Cove Rangers by three goals to nil in the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup at Allan Park in Cove Bay. Despite going down 3-0, Cove can be happy with the way that they performed against their professional counterparts.
It was Cove who had the game’s first opportunity of the match within two minutes as an Anthony Harkin header from a ball in from the right was put on target. However, his effort went straight into the arms of Mark Hurst in the St. Johnstone goal.
St. Johnstone had their first opportunity a few minutes later as Craig John Thomson’s pass found Kyle Lander whose shot was saved by Cove’s goalkeeper Craig Reid. St. Johnstone continued to press for the game’s opening goal and an effort by Paul Simpson was saved by Reid in goal.
Cove had the next opportunity as Stuart Taylor’s effort from a narrow angle on the right hand side was saved by Hurst as the Aberdeenshire & District League side looked to open the scoring themselves.
But it was the Perth Saints who took the lead. A corner swung in from the left was brilliantly half-volleyed into the top corner by Scott Wilson to give the SPFL Development League side the lead.
Cove had opportunity to level as a power half-volley by Louis Smith from the edge of the box was pushed away by Hurst. Thankfully no one was there to follow up and the Perth goalkeeper ensured that St. Johnstone’s lead remained intact before half-time.