East Kilbride 1-2 Cove Rangers – First Leg Roundup

East Kilbride fall to defeat against Cove but it’s still all to play for in the second leg

east kilbride 1-2 cove rangers

by Craig Edwards

A late Jamie Longworth strike gave East Kilbride a route back into this playoff semi-final after Cove Rangers secured a first leg victory.

Two goals in the opening 34 minutes for the Highland League champions threatened to kill of this playoff before the sides even went to the Balmoral Stadium next Saturday.

Harry Milne rose highest to head the ball home from a corner to give Cove the dream start after only three minutes thanks, in part, to sloppy East Kilbride defending to gift the visitors the corner in the first place.

Scott Ross doubled the lead with a header at the back post from another corner as the Highland League outfit proved their quality at set pieces.

The Highland League champions looked to be heading back north with a two goal lead for the return leg but in stoppage time, Longworth’s shot from the edge of the box found the back of the net to give the Lowland League champions a chance and something to head north with.