Veteran Cove hitman McManus plays his part with double strike in Highland League Cup win over Rothes

Paul McManus celebrates. Picture by Heather Fowlie

After netting a double in Cove Rangers’ 4-1 Highland League Cup win over Rothes, striker Paul McManus is aiming for more action.

McManus netted twice as the Aberdeen side saw off the Speysiders in the first round of the League Cup.

The 35-year-old has spent much of this season on the bench with Mitch Megginson rattling home 41 goals this term.

McManus started on Saturday and would like to play more, but insists he can’t complain when Megginson has been in such fine form.

McManus said: “I’ve not played for a long time and obviously it’s nice to get goals, but it was all about the performance and getting ourselves into the next round of the cup.

“It’s a cup we’re desperate to win because last year we won it and it was a good cup to be involved in.

“I was at Cove last season and I got a goal in the final and there was a good crowd at the final.

“Hopefully, we can keep progressing in the cup and doing well in the league.

“Mitch Megginson is one of the best players I’ve played with – he’s a great finisher and a joy to watch.

“So you can’t grumble when he’s sticking the ball in the back of the net.

“I’d be the same if I’d scored 40 goals and I was on the bench with somebody at 35-years-old playing in front of me.

“It’s all about the team – I don’t care as long as we are winning games and being successful.

“It’s about being ready for me, the gaffer knows I’m experienced and the good old days may be past me but I’ll keep plodding on.”

Cove boss John Sheran added: “It was good for everybody to get games and I thought it was a really good performance.

“Everyone who came in performed. The guys that came in have given me a dilemma for next week.

“But we need to have 20 players who can all come in and play because we’ve got so many games.”

Cove led after 34 minutes when Connor Scully’s cross was caught in the swirling wind at Harlaw Park.

It caught out Rothes keeper Robbie Donaldson who ended up fouling McManus and Jonny SMITH converted the penalty.

It was 2-0 on 47 minutes when Sam Robertson’s cross from the right was glanced home by McMANUS.

The striker got another six minutes later when Jamie Masson’s 30-yard free-kick was pushed into his path by Donaldson.

Jaime WILSON got a consolation for Rothes after Robertson’s poor back pass, but SCULLY got Cove’s fourth late on after being set up by substitute Megginson.