Cowdenbeath are going to have their work cut out to stop us scoring says Cove Rangers’ Redford

Cove's Paul McManus seals the fate of Spartans after scoring.
Cove's Paul McManus seals the fate of Spartans after scoring.

Alan Redford says Cove Rangers will cause Cowdenbeath plenty of problems in the League Two play-off final.

The Highland League champions were beaten 2-1 by Spartans at Ainslie Park.

But the 4-0 win in the first leg gave the Aberdeen side a 5-2 aggregate victory in the semi-final.

Cove will now face the Blue Brazil, who finished bottom of League Two, at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, on Saturday, with the return at Central Park seven days later.

Redford can’t wait to face the Fife outfit, and believes they will be wary of Cove.

The full-back said: “Cowdenbeath know we’ve scored a lot of goals this season and they’re probably a little bit wary of that.

“We’ve kept a lot of teams out as well. I think they’re going to have their work cut out to stop us scoring.

“We don’t know too much about them, but certainly we know we can score goals against them.

“We’re up for it and we’re in a great position.

“It’s all to play for and we’ll give our absolute best.”

Redford was pleased with Cove’s display in the second leg against Spartans.

He added: “It was job done. Everybody was a bit apprehensive.

“Although we had a four-goal lead if you lose an early goal or two then you are under pressure.

“We saw it out and that’s the job done. That’s all we really need to say about it to be honest.

“We’ve come through it unscathed and although we maybe weren’t at our best I still thought we looked dangerous.

“We shut them out well in the first half and we were able to see it out well – so we’re happy with that.”

The first quarter of an hour was cagey, but with Mitch Megginson and Paul McManus up front Cove carried a threat.

Their first real effort on goal came on 19 minutes and it was great play from Megginson.

He took a pass from Jamie Masson and jinked past two defenders.

But Megginson’s low strike from 16 yards was well-saved by keeper Blair Carswell.

In the 25th minute Blair Atkinson was unlucky for Spartans with an attempted bicycle kick following a scramble in the area.

Soon after Cove goalie Stuart McKenzie made a vital intervention to push clear Gary Cennerazzo’s cross.

On the half hour the Highland League champions had a good chance to go ahead.

Harry Milne dispossessed Jamie Dishington and embarked on a 40-yard run which ended with him shooting just over from 12 yards.

And minutes later Carswell did well to push away Connor Scully’s strike from the left of the box.

Just before the break Carswell denied Cove again. A flowing move from one end to the other ended with Megginson’s backheel setting up Milne, but the keeper kept out the low effort from 12 yards with his legs.

The first chance of the second half was for Cove on 55 minutes when Megginson’s low effort from 20 yards was brilliantly tipped on to the post by the diving Carswell.

Just after the hour Megginson surged down the left and cut back for strike partner McManus, but Carswell made a superb point-blank save.

Midway through the half Cove had the goal their play deserved.

Redford’s long ball was missed in the swirling breeze by Adam Corbett and McMANUS pounced with a great finish on the half-volley from 20 yards.

Masson hit a free-kick into the side-netting from 25 yards with 15 to play as Cove looked to add to their lead.

Spartans bagged an equaliser on the night with 11 minutes left.

Sub Scott Maxwell sent in a good cross from the right flank and DISHINGTON looped a header home from eight yards.

The Edinburgh side took the lead with four minutes to play when sub Jason Stevens’ long-range shot was pushed out by McKenzie but ATKINSON was on hand to fire home the rebound from eight yards.

But a 2-1 defeat was enough for Cove and their attention now turns to Cowdenbeath.

Spartans: Blair Carswell, Michael Herd, Gary Cennerazzo,Blair Tolmie, Adam Corbett, Alan Brown, Blair Atkinson, Craig Stevenson (Jason Stevens 77), Guillermo Lamarca (David Greenhill 77), Jamie Dishington, Willie Bremner (Scott Maxwell 61).

Subs not used: Ian McFarland, Paul Thomson, Ross Allum, Andrew Stobie.

Cove Rangers: Stuart McKenzie, Alan Redford, Darryn Kelly, Eric Watson, Scott Ross; Jamie Masson, Connor Scully, Daniel Park (Ryan Stott 77), Harry Milne, Mitch Megginson, Paul McManus (Sam Robertson 73).

Subs not used; Cameron Milne, Nick Gray, John McCafferty.