Scottish League Two - Play-off Final - 1st Leg
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Cove Rangers 4-0 Berwick Rangers: hosts on brink of promotion to League Two

Jamie Masson celebrates with teammate Jordon Brown (right) after making it 4-0
Jamie Masson celebrates with teammate Jordon Brown (right) after making it 4-0

Cove Rangers are on the brink of promotion to the SPFL after hammering League Two Berwick Rangers in the first leg of their pyramid play-off tie.

Goals from Sam Burnett, Mitch Megginson, Jamie Masson and Jordon Brown gave the Highland League champions a comfortable victory.

The returns leg takes place at Shielfield Park on Saturday.

Cove could become only the second club to gain SPFL promotion since the pyramid structure began in 2013.

The Aberdeenshire side, who move to their new stadium this season, lost the play-off final to Cowdenbeath last season and earned their place this term by beating Lowland League champions East Kilbride in their semi-final.

Berwick, who finished bottom of League Two, have now lost eight games in a row - and their last six away from home - while Cove have won eight in succession and are unbeaten in 20 games.

The English-based side now face an uphill battle to extend their 64-year stay in the Scottish senior leagues - and the distinction of being the only non-Scottish club in the Scottish Professional Football League.

Line-ups

Cove Rangers

  • 1McKenzie
  • 2KellySubstituted forRedfordat 84'minutes
  • 5Ross
  • 6Strachan
  • 3Milne
  • 8Park
  • 7Yule
  • 4Scully
  • 11Masson
  • 9MegginsonSubstituted forMacRaeat 64'minutes
  • 10BurnettSubstituted forBrownat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Watson
  • 14Redford
  • 15McManus
  • 16MacRae
  • 17Macleod
  • 18Brown
  • 22McCafferty

Berwick

  • 20Goodfellow
  • 6HumeBooked at 29mins
  • 16Brydon
  • 5WilsonSubstituted forBarrat 65'minutes
  • 2Forbes
  • 22Blues
  • 21Brown
  • 4O'KaneBooked at 40mins
  • 3OrruSubstituted forCookat 60'minutes
  • 9Healy
  • 19AdamsonSubstituted forMcIlduffat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brennan
  • 7See
  • 10Aloulou
  • 12Cook
  • 14Barr
  • 15McIlduff
  • 18Ogilvie
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
1,955

Match Stats

Home TeamCove RangersAway TeamBerwick
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home21
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Cove Rangers 4, Berwick Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cove Rangers 4, Berwick Rangers 0.

Attempt missed. Lewis Barr (Berwick Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ryan Strachan (Cove Rangers).

Lewis Barr (Berwick Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan MacRae (Cove Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Douglas Brydon.

Jordon Brown (Cove Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Douglas Brydon (Berwick Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Cove Rangers. Alan Redford replaces Darryn Kelly.

Goal!

Goal! Cove Rangers 4, Berwick Rangers 0. Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Milne.

Attempt missed. Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Cove Rangers 3, Berwick Rangers 0. Jordon Brown (Cove Rangers) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Berwick Rangers. Conceded by Darryn Kelly.

Attempt saved. Declan O'Kane (Berwick Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Scott Ross (Cove Rangers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Jack Cook.

Attempt missed. Connor Scully (Cove Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Douglas Brydon.

Attempt saved. Daniel Park (Cove Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Berwick Rangers. Lewis Barr replaces Robert Wilson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cove Rangers. Jordan MacRae replaces Mitch Megginson because of an injury.

Foul by Scott Ross (Cove Rangers).

Declan O'Kane (Berwick Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Berwick Rangers. Jack Cook replaces Jordan Orru because of an injury.

Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Cameron Blues.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Orru (Berwick Rangers) because of an injury.

Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Robert Wilson.

Foul by Jordon Brown (Cove Rangers).

Andrew Forbes (Berwick Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Mitch Megginson (Cove Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Harry Milne (Cove Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Mitch Megginson (Cove Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Douglas Brydon (Berwick Rangers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darryn Kelly (Cove Rangers) because of an injury.

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