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Banchory BC manager Neil Findlay look ahead to their Scottish Cup derby with Mannofield 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."
 
Mannofield suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Deesiders the last time the two teams met and player Declan Urquhart gave his opinion ahead of the game saying “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, In the game earlier in the season we played like caterpillars and now we have came back like butterflies."
 
"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."
 
 Colony Colts under 17s have started the season really well and manager Bob Neilson who is unable to make his sides game due to a wedding says they are really shocked at their start, “It is the biggest game we have had in a while and unfortunately due to one of my sons getting married I won’t be able to go."
 
 “I have looked at some of the stats available to us and it looks to be the same standard in both leagues and I think it will be an even game, East End will be the team to catch this season for the league and although we are top we haven’t played them yet."
 
Westdyke under 16s face a hard game at home to Milton Reds and Garry McDonald looked ahead to the game saying "The squad is really looking forward to Saturdays game. It's always good for the lads to test themselves against teams from outside the region. Milton Reds look a strong outfit and we need to be at our best for this game."
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up under 15s have never went past the 3rd round of the Scottish cup before and manager Colin Simpson is looking forward to the trip saying: “Players and coaches are looking forward to pitting our wits against a team from a different area. First time we have made the national stages after getting tough draws locally in previous years. Looking to give a good account of ourselves and for the ADJFA as squad is made up entirely of guys from the Fraserburgh and surrounding area."
 
One of the ties of the round is at Edinburgh's Saughton Park between Tynecastle and Albion under 15s in a repeat of last year's final in Airdrie (pictured, right) and Simpson added “We did have a titter when we saw the draw, at the end of the day we are just concentrating on ourselves, happy to stay under the radar locally and do our talking on the pitch."

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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