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Cove Thistle 1 – 4 Echt

Premier Division at Catto Park on Saturday 16th May

Cove Thistle still need all three points from their last game against University to secure the Premier League title. Echt’s keeper today was the star of the match when he saved a penalty and scored a goal from a kick out from his own eighteen yard box.

The game started on a very heavy wet pitch and Cove were first to attack with Chalmers forcing saves from keeper Garden. Both teams were showing nerves and committing petty fouls. It was in the seventeenth minute when Cove’s Michael Chalmers put his team ahead when he received a pass from Little and chipped the keeper from eighteen yards.

While players were finding it hard keeping their feet and passes went astray Echt had a chance when Graham’s shot narrowly past the post. Echt equalised in thirty one minutes when a long ball out of defence fell to McGillvray who passed to Mike Scotland who fired the ball under the diving keeper.

Just on half time a scramble in Cove’s six yard box saw the ball rebound off the post and cleared upfield.

Half-time: 1-1

Echt were hungry for a win and started the second half pushing forward and a shot from Scotland was held at the second attempt by keeper Hopkins. In fifty four minutes Echt forced a corner and the ball was headed out as far as Echt’s Roger who passed to Callum Murray and his shot found the back of the net.

Three minutes later Cove were awarded a penalty when Chalmers was brought down in the box. Wilson took the spot kick and keeper Garden diving to his right pushed the ball round the post for a corner. Cove had another chance when Chalmers was through one-on-one with the keeper but he put his shot past the post.

In sixty seven minutes Echt’s keeper Stephen Garden kicked the ball from the edge of his own box, it carried upfield, bounced once and went over Cove keeper’s out-stretched arm into the net.

With a minute left Cove were caught pushing forward and let Echt’s Callum Murray through to score making the final score 1-4.

Full Time: 1-4

Cove Thistle
: Hopkins, Bradford, Mayfield, Gabriel, Strachan, Thom, Little, Craig, Wilson, Chalmers, Gill. Subs – Stewart, Robertson, Stuart Law, Craig Law, Mckenzie

Echt: Garden, Daun, Robertson, Stewart, Roger, Scotland, Graham, Paterson, Murray, McGillvray, McLeod. Subs – Fegan, Mann, Allan, Thomson, Davidson

Referee – W.Young