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Boss keeping it in family to avert amateur upset

Thu 12 Oct 2017

Blue Toon manager knows his players are firm favourites against amateur club Blue Toon manager knows his players are firm favourites against amateur club

 

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has had Scottish Cup opponents Colville Park watched to make sure his players are properly briefed about the Motherwell-based amateur side.

Colville have already made history by reaching the second round of one of the world’s oldest knock-out competitions.

The double Scottish Amateur Cup champions defeated Cumbernauld Colts last month to set up a clash with the Blue Toon, having previously won two preliminary rounds.

Betting agents are giving the visitors little chance of causing a shock at Balmoor with odds of around 12/1 but given that the bulk of their players have senior football experience, McInally is aware his side must be careful.

McInally said: “I am sure there will be plenty of people looking on with interest to see how Colville get on.”

“I think they are the first amateur team outwith Queen’s Park to get this far and there will be a lot of people looking to see us fall flat on our faces.”

“We had them watched at Possil Y.M, which is a great set-up and a lot of good players have come out of there including Kenny Dalglish.”

“My brother knows the amateur ranks well because he has been involved in it for years so he quite happily went and watched them and he was impressed with what he saw.”

“He said Colville were a good football team so we will need to be careful.”

It’s almost roles reversed for Peterhead, a week on from their IRN-BRU Cup tie at Championship side Inverness.

The Blue Toon were underdogs in the Highland capital and ended up with a harsh 3-0 defeat but they will be expected to progress past Colville with minimal fuss.

McInally added: “If we could win the tie 3-0, just like Inverness did last Saturday, and Colville go away with the plaudits that would be fine with me.”

“There were a lot of good things said about us last week, although I was frustrated we never created more chances with the amount of possession we had.”

“John Robertson said after the game he was impressed with how we played but it was probably easy for him to make that comment after they won 3-0.”

“But I would certainly accept the same scenario this weekend, although I would hope we don’t concede as much possession to the opposition as what we had last week.”

 

By Glenn Moir