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Craigie confident ahead of Currie cup showdown

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Craigroyston Boys Club U14s are feeling confident ahead of Friday’s Ian Mackay showdown with Currie Star.
It is the third cup final the team has reached in the past two years.
Speaking at their Muirhouse Parkway pitches on Wednesday evening, Coach Stephen Delworth believes his players have been training well ahead of the match.    
He said: “Our preparations have been really good.
“We have great training pitches down here, and they really help the lads play football on the deck – like it’s supposed to be.
“We’ve done a bit of extra training this week. On Monday night we worked on fitness. Tonight, we’re working on our play with the ball in order to keep the boys sharp. Tomorrow night we’ll do the same, and then we’ll relax on Friday before the game.”
The desire for the team to play attractive football was echoed by goalkeeper Liam Cawley.
He said: “We’ve been doing a lot of passing and moving drills in the build up to the game because we think that’s a better way to play than to just punt the ball up the pitch.
I prefer it when we score good team goals – they’re better than long ball goals.”
Discussing the upcoming match itself, Delworth is aware of the threat Currie Star possess, but he’s positive Craigroyston will have enough to overcome their west Edinburgh opponents.
He said: “They’re on a run of good form in the league at the moment – as are we.
“I think if we just play our normal game we’ll have enough to win on Friday. We like to pass the ball a lot and play a lot of football, so teams find it hard to come up against us.
“We’ve got a lot of pace and strength in the team to cause them problems. It’ll be tough, but it should be a great game.”
Cawley agrees that the form he and his teammates are in could prove the difference come Friday.
“We had a good game at the weekend – 11-0 against Edinburgh South – so if we can play like that in the final I’m confident we can get a win,” he said.
“Whether it’s a league game or a cup final we treat every match the same so I’m confident that if we turn up on the day and play our A-game then we will win.”
The final takes place this Friday, 6:30pm at Paties Road Stadium. Click here to pre-order your discounted DVD bundle from the game (only available pre-match).

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

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