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St. Johnstone see off Cove Rangers in Cup

Cove Rangers FC 0

St. Johnstone FC 3

Wilson 25, Thomson 58, McLaren 66
  • Sunday, 02 November 2014
  • Allan Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

Chris Cromar | YFS North Region Journalist
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Cove Rangers FC
  • 0-1
  • St. Johnstone FC
St. Johnstone had the first effort of the second half as they looked to double their advantage. Connor McLaren’s pass found Lander whose shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar.
 
Cove had their first effort of the half as Devin Kennedy-Colbert’s low shot from outside the box was on target, but yet again the effort was saved by Hurst.
 
St. Johnstone though eventually made their quality tell and won a penalty, which was calmly slotted home by Thomson to double his side’s advantage. St. Johnstone made it 3-0 shortly after as Thomson’s ball in from the right found McLaren who slotted home from the left hand side of the box.
 
Despite being 3-0 down Cove looked to pull one back and a shot from outside the box by Liam Burnett was saved by Hurst to keep the score line the same.
 
Cove then had two efforts as the clock counted down, first Harkin’s ball in was half-volleyed over the bar by Burnett, then Chris Davidson’s effort from outside the box went narrowly over the bar.
 
In the end Cove just couldn't break down the visitors defence. St. Johnstone will be happy to go into the draw for the third round after a professional performance, while Cove can also be pleased with their efforts against tough opposition.
  • Full Time:
  • Cove Rangers FC
  • 0-3
  • St. Johnstone FC

Lineups

Cove Rangers FC
St. Johnstone FC
1 Craig Reid
2 Ross Gibson
3 Ryan Spink
4 Aaron Scully
5 Louis Smith
6 Sam Burnett
7 Stuart Taylor
8 Anthony Harkin
9 Craig Mackie
10 Devin Kennedy-Colbert
11 Michael Selfridge
12 Liam Burnett
14 Adam McWilliam
15 David Omernik
17 Chris Davidson
18 Craig Mackie
1 Mark Hurst
2 Matthew Buchanan
3 Rhys Evans
4 Brodie Gray
5 Alexander Kitchen
6 Jason Kerr
7 Craig John Thomson
8 Scott Wilson
9 Kyle Lander
10 Paul Simpson
11 Connor McLaren
12 Scott Stevenson
14 Craig Kerr
15 Jordan Millan
16 Bradley Sinclair
17 Paul Esselmont
Star Player
Cove Rangers FC
St. Johnstone FC
Michael Selfridge: Always full of running and looking to create chances for his team.
Connor McLaren: Scored the Saints’ third goal of the match and always looked to attack for his team.
Magic Moment
Cove Rangers FC
St. Johnstone FC
Louis Smith’s powerful half-volley that would have went into the net if the St. Johnstone goalkeeper had not made a good save.
Scott Wilson’s half-volley into the top corner was a fantastic strike and sent the Saints on their way to victory.
Club Views
Cove Rangers FC
St. Johnstone FC
Cove Rangers coach Scott Bridgwater was “quite disappointed” by the score line, but “can take a lot of positives out of the game”.
St. Johnstone coach Callum Davidson “thought it was a real good game” and was “delighted to get a clean sheet as well”.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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