20s report – Cove Pre-season

The U20s were beaten 3-0 by Cove Rangers in friendly at Links Park. Goals from Paul McManus and a brace from Jonny Smith secured the victory for the Highland League side against a Dundee team that featured James Vincent and three trialists.

Cove went ahead inside five minutes when Paul McManus fired the ball past the trialist in Dundee’s goal. The striker jinked away from Sam Dryden before drilling a shot past the keeper.

12 minutes later, Cove doubled their lead. Midfielder Jonny Smith curled home.

Ian Smith got on the end of Cammy Mooney’s cross after 31 minutes, but he couldn’t make enough of a connection on the ball to trouble the Cove keeper.

Dryden then flashed a header wide after 34 minutes, before Cove added a third five minutes before the break.

The two goal scorers combined as Jonny Smith turned McManus’ cross into the net from close range.

Dundee’s first chance of the second half came courtesy of a Taylor Berry free kick. The substitute’s effort from 20 yards brought a save from the Cove goalkeeper.

Max Anderson sliced a shot wide from the edge of the box after the hour mark. A plethora of substitutions from both sides saw the game lose its urgency. Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the closing stages as Cove held on to the win.

Dundee (4-2-3-1): Trialist, Trialist, Dryden, Quigley, Rice, Curran (Anderson 59), Vincent (Berry 45), Mooney (Coupe 77), Trialist, Coupe (Moore 52), I. Smith

Subs Unused: Ferrie, Cameron

Report: Andrew Creegan