Preview Cove Rangers

The Pars second pre season friendly will be away to Paul Hartley’s Cove Rangers.  The match will be just the Pars second ever match at the Balmoral Stadium.

The clubs have only met twice before and that was in a Scottish Cup tie in January 1995 when Dunfermline won 4-0 at the then Highland League club’s Allan Park. Then at their Balmoral Stadium last June, Dunfermline travelled north to defeat Jim McIntyre’s charges 2-0 in a pre season friendly. 

Cove finished tenth in the Championship, equal on points with Hamilton but with an inferior goal difference. League One champions Dunfermline will pass Cove on their way back there and so the two clubs will have to wait longer for a league meeting. 

LEAGUE RECORD

DUNFERMLINE
League One Position: 1st
League Points: 81
Goal Difference: +42
Away League Record: P18 W13 D4 L1 GF33 GA11
Last Six Match Form: DWWDWW

COVE RANGERS
Championship position 10th
League Points: 31
Goal Difference: -37
Home League Record: P18 W5 D4 L9 GF21 GA34
Last Six Match Form: LDLWDL

LAST TIME TEAMS MET – 25/06/22

COVE RANGERS: Stuart McKenzie (Kyle Gourlay 79), Morgyn Neill, Connor Scully, Scott Ross (Trialist Rhys Thomas 87), Blair Yule (Robbie Leitch 62), Mitch Megginson (Leighton McIntosh 62), Jamie Masson, Mark Reynolds, Fraser Fyvie, Iain Vigurs, Rory McAllister
SUBS NOT USED: none

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet, Aaron Comrie (Kyle Macdonald 62), Kyle Benedictus (c) (Sam Young 73), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards (Miller Fenton 77): Matthew Todd (Joe Chalmers 62), Paul Allan (Michael Beagley 83), Chris Hamilton (Andrew Tod 73), Kevin O’Hara (Trialist 83), Lewis McCann (Jake Rennie 83), Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 62). 
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Archibald (GK)
SCORERS: McCann (32), O’Hara (80)

LAST TIME OUT

DUNFERMLINE (v St Pauli): Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus (c) (Paul Allan HT), Ewan Otoo (Taylor Sutherland 78): Aaron Comrie, Trialist (Andrew Tod 72), Chris Hamilton, Joe Chalmers (Miller Fenton 72), Josh Edwards: Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Craig Wighton (Lewis McCann HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Young, Liam Hoggan, Max Little (GK)

COVE RANGERS (v Morton): Scott Fox: Shay Logan (David Bangala 84), Scott Ross, Morgan Neill, Mark Reynolds, Connor Scully, Iain Vigurs, Luis Longstaff, Declan Glass, Mitchel Megginson, Leighton McIntosh (Ciaran Dunne (Tony Weston 67)
SUB NOT USED: Kyle Gourlay

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. 

TICKETS
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LAST SIX MATCHES

DUNFERMLINE
St Pauli (H) L 0-3
Alloa Athletic (A) W 2-0
Clyde (H) W 2-1
Airdrieonians (A) D 1-1
Queen of the South (H) W 5-0
Peterhead (A) W 2-0

COVE RANGERS
Morton (H) L 1-2
Dundee (A) D 0-0
Arbroath (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Hamilton (A) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (H) L 0-5

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