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Young defender keeping cup romance alive at Rose

Tue 02 Feb 2016

Peterhead exited the Scottish Cup in November but there remains Blue Toon interest, with on loan defender Ryan Baptie helping Linlithgow Rose progress impressively to the fifth round.

The West Lothian outfit travel to Dingwall to face Ross County this Saturday, their reward for shocking Forfar 1-0 in last week’s Station Park replay, after the initial game ended 3-3 in front of more than 2,000 supporters at Prestonfield.

It’s the first time ever that a junior club has been in the last 16 of the national knock-out competition and Baptie has played his part in their remarkable run, which has included wins against Galashiels, Clach and Wick.

In an interview with Waves Radio Sport, Baptie said: “Ross County will be big favourites.”

“They will be flying after beating Celtic in the League Cup semi final on Sunday but it will be a great occasion and you just never know what can happen on the day.”

“We actually had training the night the draw was made and it was a nice feeling to see us get paired with a Premiership club.”

“Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and I am sure we will have a great support along, after taking 700 fans up to Forfar last week.”

Left back Baptie, who trains with Peterhead on Wednesday evenings, scored a wonder goal earlier in the competition, which went viral online.  

From fully 35 yards out, the 20 year old smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the replay win over Wick.

Baptie beamed: “I remember watching it back and wondering why I even bothered to shoot from as far out as that.”

“But, at the time, I had a good feeling about it as soon as the ball left my foot.  I was right behind it, obviously, and just thought to myself, ‘that’s going in.’

“I was buzzing to see it fly into the top corner.  It was a great feeling.”

The former Hibs rookie hopes to be part of the Peterhead squad next season, but for now, Baptie is concentrating on continuing his development, and hopefully his cup run, with the East Superleague side.  

Baptie, who is involved in football coaching in the Edinburgh and Fife areas, added: “Jim McInally was keen for me to go and get experience of playing against men.”

“I had only ever been used to coming  up against boys my own age so this loan move has helped.”

“I am always checking for the Peterhead scores though.  They are on a great run of form and are looking good for the play-offs.”