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Colony Locos coach Derek Wood today admitted that they can't believe they have reached the Scottish Cup final this season, Locos will aim to take the Scottish Cup back up North on Saturday night however standing in their way is East Renfrewshire based outfit Barrhead YFC.

Derek spoke about their reach up to the top when he said "There's been 5-6 of the guys who have been at the club since they were 7-8 years old and i've been involved with them since they were under 10s and I can't believe we've got to this stage with the same bunch of guys.

"We've added a couple of faces every other year as we've progressed through the age groups and the guys that have came in have done very well, there all local lads, only Dean Henderson and Jo Garrow are outwith the Inverurie area.

"Dean has a bit of Scottish Cup final experience when he played for Albion against Tynecastle at under 13s level so hopefully Deano might help us out with his experience.

"The Scottish cup was never our priority, when we played Harmony Row in the 4th round, that was the day we could have been out the cup, we was very lucky to get in at half time 0-0, coming home on the bus that night, the atmosphere was a bit flat.

"However after we beat Kirkintilloch a couple weeks later in the 5th round, the atmosphere coming home on the bus that night was totally different, I think that was the day that the guys got a bit of belief and thought with a bit of luck on our side, we can get to the Scottish Cup final, we had a full squad available for the game.

"Fair play to them, they've done it and it hasn't been easy, we got some breaks in some games and you don't get breaks unless you work hard and they've worked hard in every cup game this season.

Derek is hoping a big crowd comes down to the Excelsior Stadium on the day, Wood added "We'll get everything finalised and sorted this week regarding supporters buses, we're hoping that 2 buses will go down, a lot of people i've spoken to have said they're going in cars.

"Hopefully it's a good day out and everybody enjoys it, at the end of the day, all we can ask for is for the lads to put in a good performance."

Locos skipper Mikey Watson missed the Sunnybank Shield final through suspension however he will have all guns blazing come Saturday (if picked).

 Watson looked ahead to the game by saying “I’m excited for the game, the loss gives us an extra edge, hopefully we can turn it around on Saturday and come out as champions.

“I didn’t think we played bad against Banchory, I thought we were just tired in areas, a lot of my pals are going down next weekend, so it will be a good squad of fans hopefully.

“It would mean a lot to win the cup as i’ve played with Colony since under 8s and it’s not just for the team, it’s for Colony Park in general and that’s who your wanting to play for, that’s what you want to aim for, it’s a dream really.

“At the start of the season, I didn’t think we would reach the Scottish Cup final, because we moved up to under 19s, there’s less teams and there’s different teams so we were always on the edge of what type of teams we would be playing against.

“The way that we were playing, I always knew we had a chance though, Phillip Woodgreaves is back on Saturday and that gives us a bit of stability at the back.”

Chairman Dave Mitchell also had his view on things by saying “It’s been a very good road to the final, I think every game on the road to Airdrie has been a highlight, especially winning away from home in Glasgow twice and also beating FC Bonnybridge in the last round with us playing the majority of the game with 10 men.

“We were unbeaten until February and then our form went away with the Scottish Cup perhaps in the back of the players minds, hopefully this Colony team can be the 1st won to win the Scottish Cup.

“There is a couple of supporters buses going down, a couple of people might try and get back up the road in time for the UEFA Champions League final, it’s a shame that Alan Calder has to miss the game as he’s down in Lisbon for the game.

“Especially that he got to a Scottish Cup final himself, Derek Wood has been with the team over the years however Alan and Bruce have freshed up the team.”

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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