Cove Youth FC Under- 13s have already smashed club records and the Aberdeen side will look to bring the Scottish Cup back to the Granite City on Sunday when they take on Edinburgh outfit Hutchison Vale at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.
Only one side from the ADJFA have ever won the Scottish Cup at Under-13s level, with Banks o’ Dee Albion 2000s coming out on top in the 2014/15 season having beaten Tynecastle 4-1 in the final.
In Cove’s route to the final, they have not had to depart from Aberdeen.
Cove began their cup journey in the second round with a home tie against Middlefield Wasps. They had to be at their best to come through the match, securing an impressive 2-1 victory to advance to round three.
Next up were Lasswade Thistle, and Cove showed great determination, securing another 2-1 scoreline to progress.
The fourth round saw KSC Kilwinning Rangers head to Cove, but the youngsters once again showed their quality to win 3-2 and advance to the next round.
Cove proved to be too much for Erskine, who had done well to reach this stage of the competition, and secured their passage with a 2-0 win, before a derby victory, winning 3-2 away to Banks o’ Dee Albion.
Cove earned their place in the semi-final with a 3-0 win over Falkirk FCF, before a 3-1 win over Celtic Boys Club at Spain Park in front of 450 spectators.
Cove Youth FC manager Mark Robb looked ahead to the match by saying: “Everybody is excited and looking forward to the game.there are four buses going down to Airdrie, which are free, and everyone around the club is excited for the game. We’ve not had to leave Aberdeen yet in the Scottish Cup this season, the only away tie we’ve had was Banks o’ Dee Albion in the last-16 of the competition, so it’s been good. We have played some really strong sides this year.
“We said to the boys at the start of the season to go and do their best, obviously. But we had expectations to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, at least, so reaching the final is a great achievement.”
Cove Youth FC are departing on Saturday and Robb revealed why. “A few of the boys get travel sick. So we will travel down on the Saturday then on the Sunday it’s only a short journey to the stadium.
“A three-hour journey on the day of a cup final might affect it so we are going to let the boys relax, then get ready for the game.”
Cove Youth FC midfielder Ramsay Davidson scored the third goal in the semi-final win over Celtic BC and he looked ahead to the game by saying: “The team have put in hard work in the Scottish Cup this season, we just take it one game at a time.
“We have performed at a high level all season.
“Winning the cup would be big for the club, the players and the coaches.”
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