An own-goal from Cove defender Mark Reynolds gave Rovers a shock lead early on however Jim McIntyre’s aspect had been stage on the break because of a sensible end from Robbie Leitch.
After rolling by means of the gears within the second half Connor Scully put the newly-promoted aspect in entrance and so they held on, regardless of a flurry of late possibilities, to see off their spirited opponents.
Cove Rangers got here from behind to begin their Premier Sports activities Cup with a 2-1 win at League Two aspect Albion Rovers.
Cove now have back-to-back house video games of their group, with Livingston heading to the Balmoral Stadium on Saturday adopted by Kelty Hearts.
Gerry McDonagh made his aggressive debut for the guests, whereas Kyle Gourlay was most popular to Stuart McKenzie in objective. McAllister was named on the bench after lacking the St Johnstone pleasant.
Rovers performed their first recreation on Saturday, shedding 3-2 to Livingtston on house soil, and because the lowest-ranked staff within the group knew the percentages can be towards them to choose up factors.
Goalkeeper Jack Leighfield was at full-stretch early doorways to maintain out a header from Scully whereas Leighton McIntosh despatched an effort huge.
The house aspect weren’t with out their threats although, with veteran ex-Aberdeen striker Michael Paton performed in behind the Cove defence just for Scott Ross to get again and block.
Cove had been attempting to get McIntosh and Leitch on the flanks concerned early, with the latter near teeing up his team-mate for a tap-in on the again submit. Blair Malcolm intervened to divert the ball behind for a nook.
Callum Wilson got here near an opener for Rovers after an enterprising piece of play. He collected the ball in midfield, evaded challenges from Fraser Fyvie and Ross earlier than simply huge of objective from 20 yards.
They did take the lead on the half-hour mark as Charlie Reilly’s fast nook was turned previous his personal goalkeeper by Reynolds.
Cove had been considerably laborious within the first interval and had struggled to interrupt down a dogged Rovers aspect. Leitch gave them a carry earlier than the break although as he lashed a half-cleared nook again previous Leighfield to stage the scores.
It got here on the splendid time for Cove and the objective served to carry them firstly of the second half. McIntosh rose effectively to go a Shay Logan cross goalwards, which Leighfield did effectively to collect, and Fyvie glanced a ball from Mitch Megginson huge.
Logan was subsequent to strive his luck however he couldn’t hold his shot down as he superior into the field.
Cove made it rely with their subsequent sight of objective nevertheless as Scully expertly picked out the highest nook from simply exterior the field with 25 minutes to go.