Montrose 3 Cove Rangers 2
A game of two halves which saw us eventually overcome a determined Highland League outfit on another warm afternoon.
Cove took the lead early on when from a corner, Allan headed Milne’s effort off the line but Masson’s follow up shot ricocheted off Steeves and passed Fleming.
We should have got back on level terms when a poor McKenzie clearance fell to Fotheringham but he was unable to beat the big keeper from a narrow angle.
The visitors made it 2 when, despite looking well offside, McManus ran clear to coolly slot past Fleming.
Before the break it should have been 3 when following a good move Park had the chance to finish from 10 yards but his soft effort was easily saved by Fleming.
We looked a lot brighter in the second half and soon reduced the deficit when a Steeves cross could only be parried by McKenzie with the ball falling into the path of Redman who couldn’t miss from 4 yards out.
Minutes later the game was all square when a fabulous long ball from Allan found Cavanagh in the box and his deft touch and overhead kick beat the keeper but came back off the post. Thankfully, a sharp Rennie was on hand to bury the rebound.
Midway through the half we got the winner when a Rennie free kick from 25 yards deflected off the wall passed the helpless keeper.
Both sides had chances towards the death but we held on to bring our pre-season to a winning end.
Next week the serious stuff starts with a trip to Falkirk in the BETFRED Cup.
Team Lineups & StatsPre season Friendly
Saturday 7th July 2018
|15||Danny Cavanagh (Trialist)
|14||Seán Dillon||14||Eric Watson
|20||Stuart MacFarlane (Trialist)
Scott Leslie, Jack Bell
Montrose - Jamie Redman, Martin Rennie (2)
Cove Rangers- Jamie Masson (2)