United bid for a place in Scottish Cup final

Marc Petrie

Marc Petrie

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Arbroath United head into a crunch weekend tomorrow (Saturday) with another important league match followed by a Scottish Cup sem-final.

United are still on course for a league and cup double as they currently sit top of the Premier Eastern Division.

But to keep their hopes of silverware still alive, the Lochlands men must travel north to meet Stoneywood Dyce in what will be a hotly contested league clash.

And this will be followed by a trip to Edinburgh on Sunday to meet highly regarded Grange in a bid to make the cup final.

But despite a masive two days of cricket ahead, club captain Marc Petrie is confident in his youthful side.

He told HeraldSport: “Like I’ve said all season the guys are preparing for each match as they come.

“We are a young fit team so we have no worries about playing two days in a row.

“No matter what match we play in, we know we will be well prepared both physically and mentally. “

Sunday’s semi-final against Grange could see a much changed line up for United as several players will be missing from the side.

And even thought they can take confidence in the fact they have already beat the Edinburgh side once already this season, Marc believes it is going to be tough.

He added: “It would be massive for us if we could knock out Grange and make it to the final.

“The Scottish Cup is one of thebiggest competitions in Scottish cricket.

“We got to the final of the Scottish Trophy last year and that was a good day out for everyone at the club.

“So hopefully we can go better at get to the cup final this year.

“We’ve already beat Grange quite convincingly earlier in the season.

“But they are a good side and they will be out to look revenge.”

However, United must first face Stoneywood Dyce on league duty.

“But we have to get through tomorrow first and a win would be big in the league for keeping our title hopes alive.

“We have to keep the winning momentum going like last week.”