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David Allan (65)
||Ryan Scott (85)|
Martin Gunn for Stevie Cunningham (79)
Ryan Scott for Connor Scully (67)
Ritchie Singer for Murray McCulloch (76)
Michael Taylor for Stephen Jeffrey (83)
David Allan (42)
Ross Allan (53)
|Paul Elmslie (66)|
Graham Fraser (Referee)
Academy put a dent in Cove's title charge today earning a 1-1 draw at Harmsworth Park. Sam Mackay sat this one out due to a suspension, but Richard Macadie was named captain by Davie Kirkwood as he made his 200th league appearance for the Scorries.
Davie Allan opened the scoring with a well taken goal in the 65th minute, but Cove threw everything at Academy in the closing stages of the game and grabbed the equalizer through substitute Ryan Scott 5 minutes from full time.
Cove started the game playing up the Harmsworth slope and almost took the lead in the 5th minute. Jordon Leyden got a yard on Alan Farquhar and crossed the ball into the box for Martin Johnston to have a free header. He powered the ball on target and it looked a certain goal but Michael Gray made a fantastic save and turned the ball over the top of his cross bar.
2 minutes later Cove passed up another guilt edged chance. Farquhar was caught in possession on the edge of the Academy box. Leyden pinched the ball off him and squared to Martin Johnston but he screwed his shot wide of target with the goal at his mersey.
Cove had by far the best chances in opening period and in the 21st minute they worked another great goal scoring opportunity. Leyden was again the provider when he powered past Farquhar and swung the ball into the mix for Johnson but he again spurned the chance to open the scoring shooting wide of the target.
It took Academy 21 minutes to get a decent attempt on target. Weir teed the ball up for Macadie and he powered a right foot shot on target but keeper McKenzie gathered the ball with a comfortable save.
In the last action of the first half Davie Allan was booked for puling back Alan Redford.
Half time 0 - 0
As the teams took the park for the second half thick fog rolled in over the park and the floodlights were turned on.
Cove again started with the better goal scoring chances. Martin Johnson had a shot deflected for a corner and Roddy Black a drive that Gray got his body behind for a comfortable save.
Academy started to get more of the ball and with 65 minutes played Davie Allan worked some room on the edge of the Cove box and got a shot off but it went just over the top of the cross-bar.
Academy opened the scoring in the next attack. Davie Allan powered onto a diagonal ball played over the top of the Cove back line. He took the ball into the box and with keeper McKenzie coming out to narrow the angle Allan picked his spot and drove the ball low into the corner of the net from 18 yards out for his 17th league goal of the season.
1 - 0
This set up a tense end to the game. Cove manager Tindal committed all three substitutes and with 5 minutes left the visitors squared the scores after a period of good pressure. The ball was played into the Academy box and Gray did well to get down to his left and block a shot that came through a ruck of bodies but substitute Ryan Scott was first to the loose ball and he swivelled and struck the ball on the half volley into an empty net.
1 - 1
The Cove tails were up and they pushed for the win but Academy snuffed out 4 or 5 final attacking moves to wind down the clock and win a share of the points.
Full time 1 - 1
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||14||-||19||-|
|Martin Gunn (sub)||-||16||1||432||77|