Scottish Cup preview: Formartine hope spying mission will give them edge, Ayrshire champs pose problems for Banffers and Broch face tricky Edinburgh trip

Paul Lawson.

Paul Lawson hopes his scouting of East Stirlingshire can give Formartine United the edge in their Scottish Cup showdown.

The Pitmedden men welcome the Shire to North Lodge Park tomorrow in the second round of the competition.

With United not having a game last Saturday Lawson, pictured, took the chance to watch East Stirlingshire’s 3-1 win against Cumbernauld Colts.

He said: “I went down to watch them last weekend. It was a good opportunity for me to go down and get a look at them. “A couple of years ago we played them in a pre-season friendly, but a lot can change in two years, so it was good to get a look at them.

“The game I watched, for the majority of the game they controlled it and controlled the ball. “A lot of their play tended to come down their left-hand side and that is something we will concentrate on. “At the same time you can’t take one game as the basis for how they play all the time. “They might have adapted how they play for that opposition.

“But I firmly believe it is all about how we play on the day.”

This is the Shire’s second term in the Lowland League after being relegated from League Two. Despite playing at the same level, Lawson still views a United victory as a scalp.

He added: “Without a doubt it would be a scalp. They are a former league club and our aim is to be a league club, so it will be good to test ourselves against them.”

 

DEVERONVALE manager Steve Dolan believes his team will start as underdogs against Glenafton Athletic.

The Banffers welcome the Ayrshire Junior outfit to Princess Royal Park in the Scottish Cup second round tomorrow.

Glenafton won their league, the West of Scotland Junior Superleague Premier Division, and the Scottish Junior Cup last campaign.

While Vale come into the tie on the back of defeats to Cove (5-0) in the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final and Fraserburgh (7-3) in the Highland League.

Vale boss Dolan reckons the visitors will start as favourites to reach the third round.

He said: “They’ll come up here and start as favourites.

“They’ve won their last few games and are going well in their league. “They had a good season last year, I think they won everything in their league, the league title and the cup.

“We’re under no illusions how hard a game it is going to be.

“We’ve just got to go and play our own game and see where it takes us.

“We’re not going to over-think how to play against them.

“It’ll come down to who plays best on the day.”

 

MARK Cowie wants Fraserburgh to show their qualities in cup football once again.

The Broch travel south to face Lowland League side Edinburgh University tomorrow in the Scottish Cup second round.

The Bellslea team have a fine record in cups. They have won the Aberdeenshire Cup three times in five years and also lifted the Aberdeenshire Shield.

Two years ago they faced Falkirk in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Boss Cowie wants them to show their cup pedigree again, and said: “We definitely have to show our qualities. We’ll have to dig deep if we’re going to get anything.

“The Scottish Cup is a great competition to be involved in. “It’s financially rewarding for the club. It allows everybody, not just the players, to meet new teams and meet new players.

“If you are successful in the first two or three rounds you have the chance to pull a big tie which is always good.

“We were lucky enough to go down to Falkirk a couple of seasons ago.

“Hopefully, we can progress and pit ourselves against another team like that. “Edinburgh will give us a tough test and the result could go either way.

“We’ll have to be at our best if we are going to progress.”

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