Cove Rangers

V

Raith Rovers

Friday 15th July 2016

Station Park, Forfar 

Kick off 19:45

Group D of Betfred Cup

 

 Admission Prices:

Ground – Adults £10 / Concessions £5

Stand – Adults £11 / Concessions £6

The Refreshment Kiosk within the ground will be open

The 1984 Lounge situated at the west end (rear) of the main stand will be open from 6.30pm until kick-off.

Supporters of both sides are welcome to enjoy a pre-match refreshment.

Match Preview:

Less than a week after the end of the European Championships, Raith Rovers competitive season begins this Friday night, with their opening Betfred League Cup tie against Cove Rangers.

The match takes place at Station Park, Forfar, as John Sheran’s Highland League champions have yet to find a permanent home after leaving Allan Park in April 2015.

However, that issue hasn’t proven to be an impediment to their success, with Cove Rangers winning the Highland League by four points last term, ahead of second placed Formartine United.

That triumph meant they qualified for the promotion play-off to the SPFL, where they lost out to Edinburgh City, who would go on to defeat East Stirlingshire and gain promotion, 4-1 on aggregate.

Despite winning last season’s Highland League title, Cove haven’t rested on there laurels, with several new signings already in place, one of whom is a well known face to Raith fans.

Mitchell Megginson, who spent the first half of last season at Stark’s Park, signed for The Wee Rangers last month, to continue something of a family tradition, as his father, Mike Megginson spent 12 years with the club.

Megginson isn’t the only player with SPFL experience to sign on the dotted line this summer, with former Dundee, Peterhead, Arbroath and Brechin striker, Kevin Buchan potentially partnering the former Raith man up-front.

Cove go into Friday evening’s match with some experience of the Station Park pitch, after they drew 3-3 with Forfar on Tuesday night. Trailing 2-0 at half-time, they raced into a 3-2 lead, after goals from Megginson, John Smith and Paul Esselmont. Only a late equaliser stopped the away side notching up an impressive victory.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides, although it’ll be the fourth opponent that Rovers have faced from the Highland League. Raith have come out on top in the three previous meetings against Buckie Thistle, Deveronvale and Wick Academy.

Friday night’s match referee will be Graham Beaton.

Match Odds:

Cove Rangers: 8/1 | Draw: 9/2 | Raith Rovers: 3/10

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