Cup defeat will spur on league glory

Marc Petrie

Marc Petrie

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The pain of Arbroath United’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Grange has made them even more determined to win the league trophy, according to captain Marc Petrie.

The Lochlands men still sit top of the Eastern Premier Division after a comfortable win over Stoneywood Dyce.

But their dreams of a league and cup double were scuppered on Sunday when they failed to reach the cup final after losing out to Grange.

However, now Marc insists that, despite the disappointment, United are ready to make a big final push as the season nears its end.

He told HeraldSport: “On Saturday we played really well against Stoneywood Dyce but on Sunday we were the complete opposite.

“So it was quite a mixed weekend and emotional as well but now everyone is using Sunday as motivation to win the league title.

“We need to move on quickly and concentrate on getting the job done.”

However, standing in their way tomorrow (Saturday) are their nearest challengers Aberdeenshire, in what could prove a crunch title deciding match at Lochlands.

And Marc added: “They are a really good side and always seem to do well at Lochlands.

“I think whoever wins this will be in pole position to win the title so we have to make sure that it is us.

“And I’m sure the whole club will be buzzing for us.”