Cove look forward to draw with Scottish football’s heavyweights

Cove's manager John Sheran.

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran was thrilled as his players shocked Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup third round.

The Aberdeen outfit triumphed 3-2 at the Excelsior Stadium to take their place in the fourth round.

Jordan McGregor had Airdrie ahead before Harry Milne equalised in the first half.

Jake Hastie put the Lanarkshire team, who are eighth in League One and appeared in the Scottish Cup final 22 years ago, in front again after the break but Scott Ross and then Milne struck in the last five minutes to win it for the Highland League leaders.

Boss Sheran was delighted with the comeback from his side.

He said: “We were 1-0 behind and 2-1 behind but we came back to win 3-2, so the boys were fantastic in the second half.

“We were a bit unfortunate with both goals and we felt there were infringements that the referee could have picked up on before they were scored.

“But the players showed great character and a lot of ability to come back and win.”

Something that also pleased Sheran was the fact that their goals were scored by defenders.

He added: “Scott Ross played centre-back and Harry Milne played left-back and we are capable of scoring goals from anywhere.

“That is a good thing, and in the second half there was some really good play and good interchanging. “We felt really with 20 minutes to go there was only going to be one team that would win it, so we went for it.”

Victory puts Cove into the fourth round with the Premiership sides.

Two seasons ago they faced Motherwell at Fir Park in the same competition.

Sheran said the aim at the start of the cup run was to reach the fourth round draw which contains Scottish football’s heavyweights.

He said: “At the start of the cup you hope that you can get through the rounds and get into a draw with these big guys.”