Cove Rangers striker Jordan MacRae believes he is learning from the best player in the Highland League in Mitch Megginson after the champions beat Forres Mechanics 2-0.
The victory makes it 14 out of 14 for the Granite City side in the league. Megginson and Jamie Masson got the goals at the Balmoral Stadium.
Although he didn’t net MacRae, 20, worked well alongside Megginson in attack and says he is learning all the time from the former Aberdeen, Raith Rovers and Dumbarton player.
MacRae said: “I’m loving playing with Mitch, I’m learning so much from him.
“I’m learning something every game I play. Mitch has good experience and he has scored an outstanding number of goals for Cove in his time with the club.
“He is probably the best person in the league I can learn from. I feel my game is improving, it’s different from Nairn with a more experienced team here and I am learning a lot here and enjoying it.
“It’s about trying to keep my place in the team with Paul McManus coming back to fitness and Daniel Park and Jordon Brown who can also play up front.
“We have a lot of boys who can play up front but hopefully I can hold my place for a bit longer.”
On the victory over the Can-Cans MacRae added: “On another day it could have been five or six because I felt we created a lot of chances but they just seemed to trickle past the post or the keeper made a good save.
“I live in Ardersier so there is a bit of travelling involved, it’s a 200-mile round trip for a home game.
“But winning makes it worth it. I came here to win things. We’ve won all 14 league games and the Aberdeenshire Cup and we want to keep winning.”
Cove manager John Sheran said: “Playing Forres is always tough, but I felt we were dominant and in control for the majority of the time.
“We played some great football and on another day there could have been more goals but the keeper had some good saves and we were unlucky.
“After a 4-2 defeat to Formartine in the Aberdeenshire Shield it was good to bounce back with three points.
“I don’t like to single people out but I thought Jamie Masson and Blair Yule in the middle of the park were outstanding.
“But the whole team played well and that was the pleasing thing that they showed a great appetite and hunger to work hard.”
On five minutes the visitors should have led. Simon Allan’s free-kick was met by Ross MacPherson, Stuart McKenzie saved the powerful header but with the goal gaping MacPherson nodded the rebound wide.
Two minutes later Cove led when MacRae’s ball found MEGGINSON, the striker wriggled past Callum Howarth on the right side of the area and fired low into the bottom left corner.
On 19 minutes Can-Cans keeper Blair Moir made a fine diving save to keep out Daniel Park’s 20 yarder.
On 39 minutes Masson was unlucky as his shot from 25 yards hit the outside of the left post.
Three minutes from the interval Moir made a point-blank stop to deny Megginson from three yards after Harry Milne cut the ball back from the left. The crucial second goal came for Cove 12 minutes into the second half.
A corner wasn’t cleared by Forres and the ball was worked out to MASSON who moved in off the left flank and fired an unstoppable right-foot shot into the top right corner.
Cove had chances to add to the score. Megginson shot wide on the turn and Milne came close with a low strike before Megginson galloped through but clipped just wide from the left of the penalty area.
With 15 minutes left Forres missed a chance to get back in the game as Scott Moore sent Andrew MacRae through but McKenzie saved his angled shot.
In stoppage time Forres’ Graham Fraser was given a straight red card by ref Scott Leslie for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity after he hauled back Jordon Brown 40 yards out.
Forres manager Charlie Rowley said: “I’m delighted with the way we applied ourselves and I thought we showed bravery throughout the game and were beaten by the better side.
“I think the red card was an incredible decision because it was 40 yards from goal and I felt we had two covering defenders that could have got back to cover. It was a booking and Graham will have to serve a suspension because of that decision.”