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Cove Thistle 2 – 5 Echt

John Todd Memorial Trophy Semi Final at Catto Park on Saturday 1st May

This was the second meeting of the teams in five days with Echt coming out victors on both occasions.

Echt took advantage of playing down the slope at Catto Park and had Cove on the back foot from the first minute with keeper Hopkins making saves from Pawlett and Yackiminie.

In six minutes Cove failed to clear a ball in the six yard box and Alan Yackiminie fired under keeper Hopkins.

Echt kept pressuring the Cove defence but could not break through the wall of red shirts.

Referee Wright had to repeatedly stop play as players of both sides committed heated tackles and yellow cards were shown.

On the thirty minute mark Cove were begining to get the better of Echt but could not get the equaliser and the score remained 0-1 at half time.

Half-time: 0-1

With fifty minutes gone Cove’s O’Rourke made a run down the right and crossed to Strachan whose diving header went over the bar.

Three minutes later Echt went further ahead when Ben Pawlett‘s volley flew into the net giving keeper Hopkins no chance.

Cove pulled a goal back in sixty two minutes when from a corner Craig Thom headed home.

Echt went 1-3 up after Cove stood appealing for offside and let Darren McLeod run in and score.

A move by Echt gave a Murray a chance to shoot at goal. His shot hit the post, rebounded to Mann whose shot also hit the post before being cleared upfield.

In eighty seven minutes Echt’s Calum Murray got goal number four.

In added time Cove’s Craig Little slipped past his marker and scored from six yards.

From the restart Echt went up the field and Ian Leith beat keeper Hopkins to make the final score 2-5 putting Echt through to the final against Bon Accord City.

Full Time: 2-5

Cove Thistle: Hopkins, Walker, South, Thom, Morrison, Bradford, Robertson, O’Rourke, Wilson, Strachan, Christie. Subs – Cranham, Little, Taggart.

Echt: Garden, Sim, McCoy, Robertson, John, Leith, McLeod, Yackimnie, Murray, Pawlett, Mann. Subs – Gill, Hall, Henderson, Swan.

Referee – I. Wright

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