2 July 2024
Cove Rangers
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Dunfermline Athletic
Cove Rangers
Dunfermline Athletic

The Pars second pre season friendly will be away to Paul Hartley’s Cove Rangers. This match will be the home side’s first pre season friendly and although the clubs were drawn together in the same Premier Sports Cup group, both clubs have agreed to go ahead with this warm up game.

This will be the third consecutive pre season where the Pars will meet Cove Rangers at the Balmoral Stadium. In June last year the sides drew 1-1 and the previous year Dunfermline travelled north to defeat Jim McIntyre’s charges 2-0.

The clubs have only met once in competition, a Scottish Cup tie in January 1995 when Dunfermline won 4-0 at the then Highland League club’s Allan Park.

Previous Meetings
28/06/2023 | Cove Rangers 1 Dunfermline 1 – Friendly
25/06/2022 | Cove Rangers 0 Dunfermline 2 – Friendly
28/01/1995 | Cove Rangers 0 Dunfermline 4 – Scottish Cup

Last Meeting at Balmoral Stadium
Wednesday 28th June 2023, Friendly
Cove Rangers 1 Dunfermline 1

Dunfermline were missing Kyle Benedictus and Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Matty Todd was not risked as he was recovering from surgery but Rhys Breen returned to the bench having been out since mid March. There was a start for seventeen year old Andrew Tod and Max Little was in goal.

The home side took the lead in 26 minutes when Little to the right of his goal, was deceived by the bounce of a pass back and ended up driving his clearance into no.19. The ball rebounded into the net. 1-0

In 76 minutes Allan was taken down on the top of the Cove box and a penalty was awarded. Wighton struck the spot kick to the right side and the substitute keeper no.21 went the right way to beat away the effort.

The Pars were to score however in 81 minutes when Sutherland’s cut back from the right byeline was left by Wighton and TRIALIST smashed the ball home. 1-1

COVE RANGERS: Did not provide team lines due to the number of trialists.

DUNFERMLINE: Max Little: Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (Rhys Breen HT), Ewan Otoo: Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers, Andrew Tod (Trialist HT), Josh Edwards (Miller Fenton 70): Craig Wighton, Lewis McCann (Taylor Sutherland 70)
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Young, Liam Hoggan, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

League Record

DUNFERMLINE
Championship Position: 6th
League Points: 45
Goal Difference: -5
League Record: P36 W14 D7 L15 GF58 GA63
Last Six Competitive Match Form: WDLDDD

COVE RANGERS
League One position: 5th
League Points: 49
Goal Difference: -5
League Record: P36 W5 D4 L9 GF21 GA34
Last Six Match Form: WLLLLW

Last Six Results

DUNFERMLINE
East Fife (A)
Ayr United (A) D 3-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Queen’s Park (H) D 0-0
Airdrieonians (A) L 1-2
Partick Thistle (H) D 1-1

COVE RANGERS
Edinburgh City (H) W 3-1
Queen of the South (A) L 0-2
Alloa Athletic (H) L 2-3
Annan Athletic (A) L 2-4
Falkirk (A) L 1-5
Stirling Albion (H) W 4-2

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v East Fife):

COVE RANGERS (v Edinburgh City): Balint Demus: Jacob Jones, Michael Doyle, Arron Darge, Mark Reynolds, Cameron Stewart, Connor Scully, Paul McGowan, Blair Yule (Josh Kerr 68), Mitchel Megginson (Mouhamed Niang 85), Kyle Connell

SUB NOT USED: William Gillingham, Jack Robertson (GK)

The Balmoral Stadium

Cove Rangers started planning to move from their Allan Park ground in the mid-2000s, as this formed part of their unsuccessful pitch for Scottish Football League membership in 2008. Initially, the move was tied in with Aberdeen’s new stadium plans and the proposal was to use Calder Park as a training facility. When those plans did not come to fruition Cove Rangers then decided to press ahead with a new stadium by themselves.

Aberdeen City Council accepted the first stages of planning permission for Calder Park in November 2014.

The new stadium was originally planned to be ready for the start of the 2016–17 season. The club submitted a planning application in March 2016. The plans included a stand with 312 seats, an “all-weather” 3G pitch and 110 car parking spaces.

A sponsorship deal with the Aberdeen-based Balmoral Group in December 2016 included the naming rights for the Calder Park ground, to be known as the Balmoral Stadium. Construction work was being undertaken in October 2017 and the Balmoral Stadium was officially opened in July 2018, with a friendly match between Cove Rangers and Aberdeen.

Dunfermline reserves played Aberdeen reserves at the Balmoral Stadium on 17th December 2018 with Paul Allan and Matty Todd playing in that first ever Pars visit to the stadium.

Last 12 Meetings

28/06/23Cove Rangers1Dunfermline1
25/06/22Cove Rangers0Dunfermline2
28/01/95Cove Rangers0Dunfermline4

Last 6 Matches

Cove Rangers

Dunfermline Athletic

  • W
Edinburgh City
(Home)
3-1
East Fife
(Away)
  • L
Queen of the South
(Away)
0-2
  • D
Ayr United
(Away)
3-3
  • L
Alloa Athletic
(Home)
2-3
  • D
Inverness Caley Thistle
(Home)
1-1
  • L
Annan Athletic
(Away)
2-4
  • D
Queens Park
(Home)
0-0
  • L
Falkirk
(Away)
1-5
  • L
Airdrieonians
(Away)
1-2
  • W
(Home)
4-2
  • D
Partick Thistle
(Home)
1-1

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