After a considerable layoff from competitive action, Cove started the better of the two teams, having most possession, but offering little real goal threats. The early cheers from the Cove faithful was related to events at the other end of the park when our stand in goalie, Syzmond, showed both confidence and ability with his handling and distribution.
The Cove central defence seemed to lack confidence and concentration at time’s but this was addressed by Viktor’s shouts of “encouragement” to the players around.
Nothing much to choose between the teams at times in the first half but nerves were settled when Cove triallist, Matthew, got the opening goal just before half time.
After frantic looking efforts by Allan at half time to convince Szymon to stay in goal, the fans were relieved when Szymon retained the goalie jersey for the second half.
A blistering goal by Parsa in the second half with a creative assist from Ardie provided more confidence to the Cove boys. A brave save by Syzmon at the feet of a Mormond attacker kept the confidence levels high.
The main frustrations for the home fans came from the continual claims for every decision by the Mormond players, never seen that level of passion to get a throw in. These claims appeared to affect the ref’s judgement on more than one occasion, this didn’t go unmissed by a section of the Cove faithful ?
The result was put in no doubt by a third Cove goal, from Jude, possibly not the most spectacular but a just reward for his efforts throughout the game.
Late in the game, a fantastic team effort provided a cross that Saran marginally put over with a spectacular effort, although ruled offside anyway Raga immediately substituted Saran – surely these events weren’t linked Raga ?
At the end, a comfortable result with the boys gaining in confidence. Although Syzmon was a deserved Man of the Match, Allan deserves a special mention for his half time chat with Syzmon…..go on Allan what was said ?
Well done to the team and coaches.
George Dunbar👍🏻💙

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