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Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:25

Culter and Glentanar set for Pittodrie showdown

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Author: David Reid

Glentanar over the last couple of years have developed their players and for them to reach the final today at Pittodrie today is the icing on the cake to the hard work the coaches at Glentanar put in.

Both teams have good links with Highland League Clubs with some of the Culter (pictured right, with their Belmont Cup success from last season) players playing for Keith FC Youth teams this season where as Glentanar have a link with Buckie Thistle FC and it has seen some of their players playing in the Under 21s Aberdeenshire League.

So who could we watch out for from both sides? Culters forward line look very dangerous in Declan Milne and Aiden Combe with 51 goals between the both of them in all competitions this seasons.

Greg Smith Signed from Banchory a couple of seasons ago and can play in defence or midfield, has banged in 13 goals this season and also has 14 assists to his name.

Callum Buchan returned to Culter in the summer after a short spell at Aberdeen who is a superb player who has the potential to go onto greater things, a midfield who has composure on the ball.              

Glentanar also have a god attack line and I was really impressed by Elliott McDonald and Jordon Smith in the Semi Final win over Westdyke who don't only have speed and an eye for goal but also an aerial presence as well.

Liam Cheyne He has featured for Buckie Thistle Under 21s this season and puts in good ball and likes to get players involved in the game.

Paul Orr Also featured for "The Jags" who has good communication and has a good height in him, Paul also likes to get involved in the game.

So what about the Gaffers? Culter coach Terry Charleton joked saying he is more excited than the players are and also prayed in the hope for some warm sunny weather "The boys are really excited about playing at Pittodrie however the coaches are mor excited about being in the touchlines".

"We got beat on Tuesday Night against Albion however that doesn't mean anything as we've won the rest of the games against them, I wasn't there."

"We've gone 14 games unbeaten this season and the last defeat was in the Scottish Cup game away to Southside, we've got a good squad this year and the subs have helped when required".

"Glentanar (pictured right, celebrating their semi final victory) are a good side and they beat the league winners Deveronvale to get here, i'm just praying for some good warm weather as we played Glentanar on the 1st league game of the season and we were 3-0 up before the game got called off and then we beat Glentanar 5-2 at Sheddocksley and it was bad weather that night."

Glentanar manager Robert Simpson says it hasn't been easy getting to Pittodrie saying "Over the last couple of years the lads have worked really well, We had to beat Deveronvale who won the A league and Cove who won the B League to get here so it's hasn't been an easy journey. With some of the lads playing in the Aberdeenshire League for Buckie Thistle it has certainly put more confidence in them and I have put them into the deep end at times."

"The Westdyke game they missed a 6th minute penalty which gave us the rub of the green and then we started playing after that and didn't look back, we still have three league games to go after this so we are trying to get higher than the league table."

"We have definitely developed over the years and in the past few weeks Deveronvale needed a last minute goal to beat us and Dyce only beat us 1-0 so we are gradually improving."
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