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AC Mill Inn 2 – 1 Cove Thistle

Premier Division at Mineralwell Park on Saturday 23rd January

AC Mill Inn completed the double over league champions Cove Thistle in a hard fought game which was played in terrible conditions.

Mill Inn’s first chance came in six minutes when Cove’s defence stood arguing about a handball decision and let Michael Adams fire in a shot from twenty yards that scraped past the post. A minute later Mill Inn again came close to opening the scoring when a header from Allan hit the top of the bar and went out of play.

Cove won a corner in fifteen minutes and when keeper Lawson punched the ball out it fell to Dunn whose drive flew over the bar.

The play flowed from end to end with both teams making chances but the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Half-time: 0-0

From the restart Mill Inn took charge and within a minute Cove keeper Hopkins made a diving save from Dunn.

In fifty-one minutes Allan made a solo run through the middle, his shot was blocked by keeper Hopkins’ legs and rebounded to Martin Carmichael who opened the scoring for the home team.

Cove had keeper Hopkins to thank for keeping Mill Inn’s strikers at bay, making save after save to frustrate the home side’s strike force.

Cove were awarded a penalty when Smart tripped Booth in the box and Paul Gill converted from the spot.

Deep into added time Mill Inn’s pressure paid off when Martin Carmichael got his second and the winner making the final score 2-1.

Full Time: 2-1

AC Mill Inn: Lawson, David Adam, Smart, Muir, Day, Cordiner, McMurray, Michael Adam, Allan, Scott, Dunn. Subs – Glennie, Baikie, Carmichael, David Muir, Collie.

Cove Thistle: Hopkins, South, McIntosh, Greig, Strachan, Stuart Law, Craig Law, Gill, Kindness, Thom, Booth. Subs – Brown, Donaldson, Morrison, Taggart.

Referee – David Mitchell

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