Formartine’s Macphee says making it to Scottish Cup fifth round would better earlier exploits

Archie Macphee.

Formartine United’s Archie Macphee says reaching the Scottish Cup fifth round would better anything he has achieved in the competition before.

The Pitmedden team face Cove Rangers in a rearranged fourth round tie at North Lodge Park after the clash was postponed due to a frozen pitch on January 19.

Macphee believes his best achievement in the cup to date was facing Inverness Caley Thistle – who were in the Premier-ship at the time – last season in the fourth round with previous club Elgin City.

However, if they could get past rivals Cove tonight, Macphee & Co would face Championship Falkirk in round five.

Macphee, 24, said: “It definitely would top the Caley game because it would be in the fifth round. We would have a chance to get into the quarter-finals which would be massive for a club this size. “Getting into the fifth round of the cup and getting another home tie against Falkirk would be a great achievement.

“It’s going to be a tough game because we all know that Cove are a great side and the league doesn’t lie.

“We know what kind of game we’re in for, but our run of form has been good and we’ve got a lot of confidence going into the game.”

Cove defender Scott Ross faced Celtic as a Peterhead player in 2012 and is keen to face Falkirk this year.

He said: “When I was with Peterhead the Celtic game up at Balmoor was brilliant. “So if we were to get through this round and get Falkirk it’s another big team. “But we look at Tuesday night and take that first before thinking of going any further.

“Brora are already in the fifth round so hopefully we can follow them.

“And then hopefully we can have a good tie against Falkirk.

“Formartine are a great team with great players who can sit in and counter-attack.

“On the night we need to play our own game, get the ball down and pass it and hopefully the boys in attack can bang them in for us.”

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