Cove Rangers have dedicated their 2019 Highland League Cup win to courageous young fan Megan McIntosh.
Midfielder Blair Yule underlined his admiration for the “inspirational” eight-year-old by presenting his cup winners’ medal to Megan after Cove’s 2-0 final victory over Formartine United at Harlaw Park, Inverurie.
Walker Road Primary School pupil Megan has endured three operations since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in December.
Now on the mend, she was invited to be Cove’s mascot at their 5-0 Breedon Highland League victory over Wick Academy, which was played at Balmoral Stadium last weekend.
Cove manager John Sheran also asked the youngster to be their mascot at the cup final and there were emotional scenes at Inverurie as he led Megan the length of the pitch to join in the club celebrations.
Megan’s father, Craig, said: “It takes a special kind of person to do what Blair did, no player gives up their hard-earned medals lightly.
“She loves having the medal and says she was delighted to have also been out on the pitch with the players celebrating their win.
“Our whole family are grateful to Blair and the club for the kindness they have shown to Megan over the last couple of weeks.”
The Cove squad also dedicated their victory to Megan, who spent three months in hospital in Edinburgh undergoing the surgery for her potentially life-threatening condition.
Midfielder Blair said: “Megan has been an inspiration to all of us and we are so pleased that we managed to win the cup for her.
“We are delighted she had another good day out. Having her with us made the celebrations after the game even more special for us as well.”