Cove Rangers boss John Sheran wants to see his side finish the job after they moved to within a point of the Highland League title.
The Granite City team’s 1-0 win against Keith at Kynoch Park moves them to the brink of retaining the title after chasers Brora Rangers also won, beating Clachnacuddin 1-0.
Sheran was pleased with the victory over the Maroons, leaving them requiring just a point from games against Forres at Mosset Park on Saturday and Clach at Balmoral Stadium the following week to win the league.
That would secure another crack at the pyramid play-offs.
Sheran said: “We’re just trying to count the games down, if we can take three points from the games left the rest will take care of itself.
“Every game looks hard. Keith looked like a hard game, and it was, and I felt we came through with flying colours.
“There was only one goal but it was complete domination so I’m very happy with the performance of the players.”
“I think anybody would like to be in our position right now,” he said.
“We just have to go and finish the job now. The result was all important against Keith and we got it.
“We could have had more, but even the goal was a bit of a scramble.
“But that seemed to be the theme of the night, where there were always a lot of people around the ball and it wouldn’t sit up for somebody.
“We look forward to playing Forres. It will be tough but that’s why we’re in this – because we want to play in these games.”
Reflecting more on the win against Keith, Sheran added: “It’s hard to play against a team that doesn’t want to come out and play against you.
“The team dealt with it really well. They didn’t get frustrated and didn’t get on at each other when the goal didn’t come, which can sometimes happen.
“I thought it showed the character, togetherness of the group that they managed to get the result.”
On 21 minutes Cove were so close to taking the lead. Jamie Masson’s ball through found Jordan MacRae, but his shot from the left side of the box was scooped off the line by Macaulay Rae.
The rebound fell for Harry Milne but his strike from 15 yards bounced back off the crossbar before Blair Yule and Milne had further follow-up efforts blocked.
Three minutes from the interval Maroons keeper Greig Simpson made an excellent save to parry Masson’s free-kick from the edge of the box.
MacRae bundled in the rebound but ref Paul Cummings deemed that he had fouled Simpson in the process.
On 58 minutes Marc Young’s error allowed Connor Scully in down the left, but his low shot was saved by Simpson.
Two minutes later Cove made the breakthrough when Masson’s shot deflected into Martin Scott’s path. His initial effort from 10 yards was saved by Simpson, but SCOTT stabbed home the rebound from six yards.
Keith boss Dean Donaldson said: “Cove are a top side so you have to be resilient and we were.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my players because they gave me everything against the best team in the league.”