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Kincorth 3 – 2 Cove Thistle

Association Trophy Second Round at Kincorth Academy on Saturday 28th February

Billed as match of the day this second round Association Trophy tie between two top Premier Division teams failed to reach expectations, disappointing both sets of supporters. Both teams played below their usual standard with Cove never finding the form they have shown all season and although Kincorth went ahead in two minutes some of their passing and finishing was sloppy.

Kincorth’s Paul Smith put his team ahead when from the touchline twenty yards out his shot flew over the Cove keeper’s head and into the net. Cove’s first chance came in fifteen minutes when Stewart broke down the right, cut in and his shot was pushed for a corner by keeper Valentine. Two minutes later Kincorth’s Simpson shot over the bar from close range.

Neither keeper was tested until the thirtieth minute when a free kick to Kincorth on the half way line was sent high into Cove’s eighteen yard box where keeper Hopkins was nudged by Kincorth’s Simpson and the ball went into the net but referee Catto awarded a free kick to Cove.

In thirty five minutes Cove drew level when from a set piece on the left the ball was not cleared by Kincorth’s defence and Stewart‘s header beat keeper Valentine. It took Kincorth four minutes to get back in front when Paul Smith’s cross to the far post was headed home by Mckenzie. Kincorth then went further ahead when a free kick from Warman beat keeper Hopkins to make the half time score 3-1.

Half-time: 3-1

Cove were the first to attack in the second half with shots from Stewart and Wilson not finding the target. A Kincorth move down the left gave Thomson a chance but his shot hit the crossbar and went out of play. Cove pulled a goal back in seventy five minutes when a cross from Christie was headed home by Gabriel. In the last fifteen minutes neither team came close to scoring making the final score 3-2.

Full time: 3-2

Kincorth: Valentine, Paul Smith, Warman, Barrack, Colin Smith, Gove, McKenzie, Thomson, Simpson, Livingstone, Beaton. Subs – Davie, Slaven, Robertson, McGlynn, Darren Smith

Cove Thistle: Hopkins, Bradford, Ryan Law, McKenzie, Greig, Christie, Martin, Gabriel, Wilson, Stewart, Gill. Subs – Stuart Law, Robertson, Chalmers, Cranham, Strachan.

Referee – G. Catto

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