Evening Express

Cove boss Sheran’s delight with new boys after 3-0 win over Turriff

Cove's Jordan MacRae beats Turriff keeper Fraser Hobday to score Cove's second. Picture by Chris Sumner

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran was happy to see two of his summer signings off the mark in their 3-0 win over Turriff United.

The Aberdeen team were just too strong for Kris Hunter’s young side, and could have ran away with it early but for Fraser Hobday in goal.

But Turra, who showed plenty of potential, lost their discipline slightly as the game went on, with Mitch Megginson smashing into the top corner after recent additions Blair Yule and Jordan MacRae had netted.

Sheran said: “I don’t know what the possession stats would have been, but certainly we had a lot of the ball and plenty opportunities.

“Bit frustrating we only scored three but we’re just pleased to have got the win and another clean sheet.

“Fraser Hobday (Turriff keeper) did have some great saves, but we needed to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal. We were maybe just choosing the wrong options or whatever. But we’re happy.”

Of his scorers, he added: “It was Jordan’s (MacRae) first goal for us. He had a couple of great strikes, the keeper had a couple of great saves off him.

“So it was pleasing to get him off the mark.

“For his confidence it’ll do him the world of good.

“He’s just getting to know the boys. At a new club it takes time with new players.

“The third (from Megginson) wasn’t a bad strike, but I thought the first was a really good move.

“It was counter attack where Jordon (Brown) played in Blair (Yule) and Blair tucked it away really nicely.

Cove’s Blair Yule scores the first.<br />Picture by Chris Sumner

“That’s his first goal since he came back too. We played him a bit further forward today and he certainly revelled in that role.”

The win continued Cove’s perfect start in the Highland League and was their sixth clean sheet in a row, despite resting veterans Eric Watson and Paul McManus as the twice-weekly games continue.

Brown thrashed at a chance from 12 yards early doors at the Balmoral Stadium, before Adam Cross just failed to hit a shot inside Stuart McKenzie’s back post for Turriff on 17 minutes.

Cove started ramping up the pressure on the visitors, however, with Megginson having a six-yard shot blocked on the line by Ross Anderson, before the prolific scorer saw an effort tipped round the post by Hobday.

He rounded the keeper 10 minutes later, but was denied again by a block from the right angle, before Hobday made a point-blank stop from MacRae.

The opener came on 41 minutes. Jamie Masson spotted Yule charging through, Turra tried and just failed to step out and Yule was free to slot it past the on-rushing Hobday.

Turriff never looked like coming back into it after half-time, and on 71 minutes things were sealed.

MacRae forced a block from Hobday at close range before sliding in to smash his second bite at the chance into the bottom-left corner.

And on 88 minutes, a frustrated Megginson, teed up by Scully, leathered it in the top-left corner from the edge of the area.

Turra boss Hunter, who thought the first goal was offside but conceded he sees Cove as Highland champions again this year, said: “We did all right for a young team, but their quality showed.

“The players acquitted themselves well, for their first time on a big park, they had a couple of half chances.

“I’m more disappointed the belief went in the second-half with our players.”