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Cove Rangers warmed up for the 2018-19 Highland League campaign with a
2-0 win over Scottish League One outfit Raith Rovers.
Cove Rangers started the game at a very high tempo and almost made the
breakthrough after 2 minutes, a ball from Blair Yule found Harry Milne
at the back post 3 yards from goal but the full back was denied by
John Sherans side took the lead after 9 minutes. Mitchel Megginson got
clear of his opposite marker and pulled the trigger which smacked off
the post before Daniel Park guided the ball into an empty net.
Cove almost doubled their advantage on 23 minutes with a free kick by
Jamie Masson hitting the side netting.
Raith Rovers started to get into the game towards the tailend of the
first half, a long range strike from Lewis Milne 9 minutes before the
interval went wide of the left hand post.
Ross Matthews also tried his luck for the Kirkcaldy outfit with an
effort from 12 yards blocked superbly by Harry Milne.
Kevin Nisbet had another chance to pull level for Rovers on 60 minutes
with a volley from the edge of the box denied by a block from Blair
Cove made it 2-0 on 76 in what was unfortunate circumstances for
Rovers. Sam McGuff spilled the ball out of his hands when it looked
liked being a comfortable catch and Jamie Masson was there to guide
the ball into an unguarded net.
A bad afternoon for Rovers got even worse in the dying moments of the
match with Barry Smiths side awarded a penalty with Liam Buchanan
fouled by Harry Milne. Buchanan got himself up and his spot-kick went
wide of the right hand post. Raith simply weren’t at the races and
Coves superb play warranted the hosts with the win.
Cove Rangers finish 4th in the group with Rovers bottom of the group.
Cove play Fraserburgh in the Highland League as the Aberdeen side
start the defence of the Highland League title.
Raith missed out on the League One championship last season just being
edged out by Ayr United before a play-off defeat by Alloa Athletic.
Barry Smith will be keen to rectify matters heading into the new
season with the aim being promotion back to the Championship at the
2nd time of asking, Raith travel to Stranraer this Saturday.
Full Time Cove Rangers 2-0 Raith Rovers.