Cove Rangers’ Daniel Park is dreaming of making it a hat-trick of Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup winners’ medals.
The Highland League champions take on Banks o’ Dee on Friday in the famous old competition’s showpiece at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park.
Park has won the tournament twice, firstly with Cove in 2010 and then with Formartine United in 2013.
Although those victories are happy memories for the winger, the last two years provide painful memories.
Two years ago Cove lost on penalties to Buckie Thistle after a 2-2 draw, when they had led 2-2, and 12 months ago were edged out 1-0 by Formartine.
Park would love to make up for that this year and get his own Shire Cup treble and avoid an unwanted hat-trick of final defeats.
He says their previous defeats also given them motivation.
Park said: “Most of the guys have won the cup before. I won it first time round at Cove and then again at Formartine.
“But we’re not dwelling on the past, it would be good to get this one under the belt this early in the season.
“They are happy memories the first time at Cove we beat Buckie and then at Formartine we beat Inverurie.
“It’s always good to win cup finals, whoever you are playing for. You want to win every cup you enter and it would be sweet to get something in the trophy cabinet early in the season.
“I would love to make it a hat-trick in the cup.
“The last couple of years are in our minds. We’ve done well to get to the finals the last two years.
“Probably on both occasions we’ve been unlucky not to win then. After losing, it does give us motivation to go and put things right this year.”
Park expects a tough game against Dee, with the Junior side eliminating Inverurie Locos, Aberdeen Reserves and Turriff United on route to the final.
He also expects to have some banter ahead of the game with former team-mates Dean Lawrie and Jamie Watt – now with Dee.
He added: “We played them in the final of the Shield last season and we know they are a good side. They’ve signed Dean Lawrie from ourselves so that will have strengthened them and they’ve started really well again this season.
“Jamie Watt is co-manager and we know what type of guy he is.
“He’ll have them fit and motivated and we look forward to playing them because it will be a good match.
“There will be banter. I’m sure the texts will be flying back and forth before the game.
“They will be looking forward to it just as us. It will be a good occasion on a Friday night.”
Cove and Banks o’ Dee have met recently in a cup final.
In February they faced one another in the final of the Aberdeenshire Shield.
After a back and forth affair Cove eventually ran out 5-2 winners.
Park featured that night, and he believes that John Sheran’s team can take confidence from beating Dee recently in a cup final.
He said: “Last season can give us confidence, it was 5-2 and it was a good game.
“We’re confident going into any game at the moment, having won 10 out of 10 in the league.
“We’re playing well and we’ve got a strong squad so we are confident, but we know we’re in for a tough game.”