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Leith Athletic U21s preview of their Scottish cup tie away to St Peters

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The U21's will look to bounce back following last week's defeat at the hands of Musselburgh Windsor as they travel to Giffnock to take on St. Peters Giffnock North in the 3rd round of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth Cup.

"Last week was very disappointing, while we had chances in the game we came up against a negative but effective Musselburgh side, playing a large chunk of the match with 5 at the back, we struggled to break them down and while trying to score we left ourselves open to the counter attack and lost a goal 5 minutes from time in what was the only goal of the game.

Credit to Musselburgh, they treated the game like a Cup tie and battled from the 1st minute to the last, I can only imagine if we had taken that kind of mentality into the game the outcome would have been different.  However we move on and look to concentrate to this week's Scottish Cup tie.

We sat the players down on Tuesday and explained the importance in that we may find it difficult playing teams who are out to "frustrate us", it's not the philosophy I want my team to play but we cannot dictate how other teams set up, we need to adapt, that shows the sign of a good side.

Our opponents this week are a quality outfit, they have a lot of good players and being away from home we know how hard it is going to be to come away from Giffnock with a result. Although St. Peters find themselves in the lower end of the table I looked at the teams they have played against with all of them in the top 4-5 in Glasgow and only losing by the odd goal.  We know we need to be wary of Striker Paul Hewitt, the energy of Neil Mccallum in midfield and they have a good centre back in Captain Hal Bohme.

On the selection front we were dealt with a double blow in that wide men Kevin Hamilton and Callum Mein are going to be on the sidelines for a considerable amount of time. The two of them have been in great form this season and we will miss their presence and quality in the squad.  We do add new signing Dan Simpson into the squad for the weekend, I've known Dan a number of years and he is an exceptional talent, he comes to us hungry to succeed and possesses the correct mentality in making that happen, we were unfortunate not to have him available last weekend but we were unable to register him as per SYFA rules he had to sit out last week.

Training this week has been stepped up and the players took last week's defeat to heart, they know that we cannot afford to take teams lightly now, we need to train how we want to play which is quick passing with movement.  Our guys should be relishing the challenge, we are in the last 32 of this competition and for some the squad this is their last chance."


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