Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup weekend is just a couple of days away for all of the teams across Scotland and the SYFA draw picked out a derby in the 3rd round of the trophy between Banchory and Mannofield.
Ironically, both these sides played in the Murray Cup at the start of the season to determine which league both these sides would play in. Banchory and Mannofield both went into the A league with the Deesiders finishing above their rivals who have just started as a team this season.
The hosts won the game 1-0 thanks to a last minute header in a really tight game, Banchory coach Neil Findlay looked ahead to the Scottish cup tie by saying “When you’re in the 3rd round of the Scottish cup most teams often want a team from the central belt, I think the only good thing to come out of this tie is that an Under 19s side from the ADJFA is guaranteed to be in the 4th round."
“To be honest I would have avoided Mannofield in the 3rd round and would have played them in the final to make sure that there was an ADJFA side guaranteed to win the Scottish cup."
Neil also added about the season to date and also the 19s league in total, “I am delighted to be in the A league, we played Ferryhill twice this season, once in the Scottish Cup before playing them in the Murray Cup a week later in which we managed to get over the line and win 2-1."
“Thankfully we are not in the B league as both leagues this season are looking really good and also quite competitive, I don’t think any team will be walking away with the A league this year and it is the toughest A league in at least 5 years."
“There is plenty of good teams in the A league, us, Colony, both the Huntlys, Cove, Mannofield and Stonehaven, hopefully this season we can continue with the goods and it was good to win the B league last year to emulate the season we had at under 17s."
“Some of our players are coming to the end of their Juvenile careers after a lot of the guys have been with us since under 13s and I would be delighted if we can win some silverware this season."
Mannofield manager Gabs Antoniazzi was unavailable to speak at the time however player Declan Urquhart gave his pre match thoughts ahead of the local Scottish cup derby on Saturday.
Declan said “When we last played Banchory on the opening day of the season it finished 1-0 Banchory with them getting a winner thanks to a header in the last minute and it should be a good contest."
"Because it is the Scottish cup it will be a really different game, we beat Cove in the last round who are a fantastic team and we really think that we have a great chance this year and we were lucky to get through that game."
“At the start of the season I had my doubts as there was a couple of boys in the team who hadn’t played football for a while but once we got going I felt that we actually had a really good team."
“In the Murray cup we were in a really tough group and Banchory were a good side and Ferryhill are our rivals, we had a bit of a slip up against Culter as we were thinking it was an easier game than it turned out to be, I think we will finish well in the A league this season."
“Gabs Antoniazzi is doing a fantastic job and has already got some of his coaching badges and he is a really gifted coach, his dad, Felipe is the director of sport at RGU and has also helped us along the way."
“Pat Doherty may have stepped back a bit however he is still doing a lot of work for the club, Felipe has plenty of contacts and also takes the training, Felipe teaches us about all the formations whereas Gabs is more of the in-depth stuff."