Junior Cup: Musselburgh ace has final wish

Auchinlecck celebrate beating Musselburgh four years ago ' but they were forced into playing extra-time. Graeme Beveridge joined the 2011 team from Elgin, below
Auchinlecck celebrate beating Musselburgh four years ago ' but they were forced into playing extra-time. Graeme Beveridge joined the 2011 team from Elgin, below
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Graeme Beveridge was part of the Musselburgh Athletic team when they last reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup and he wants to do it all over again four years later.

One of just three players remaining from the cup final squad along with Ally Adams and Ollie Russell, Beveridge is in his second spell at Burgh having re-joined the club on loan from Elgin City in January.

The 24-year-old midfielder was just a youngster on loan from Raith Rovers when he played the full 90 minutes in the final against Auchinleck Talbot in 2011, which Burgh lost 2-1 after extra time, but his experience of that encounter and the cup run will be vital for Burgh in the two-legged semi-final against Linlithgow Rose.

“It [2011] was one of the draws that sort of favoured us, as we were underdogs against everyone and there was no expectation on us at all really,” recalled Beveridge. “Every game we could go out and play our game and see where we got with it.

“Lucky enough we got to the final and it was a great day even though we got beat. We gave a good account of ourselves against Auchinleck after nobody had given us a sniff.”

Burgh will be the underdogs once more when they pitch up to Prestonfield tomorrow afternoon, but Beveridge insists that tag suits them and they are more than capable of upsetting the odds.

“Most teams would’ve wanted us in the draw, but that suits us down to the ground. We can go out there with the pressure on the other team and we know within ourselves that we’ve got the capabilities to win it.

“We’ve just got to believe in ourselves and just go for it.

“You don’t want to do all the hard work and fall at the very last. We need to get our minds right and get the job done.”

Burgh boss Stevie McLeish wants his side to keep their cup dream alive ahead of the second leg, admitting the nature of the tie makes it difficult for both managers in their approach tomorrow.

“We’ve got to make sure we are still in the tie next week and I’m sure they’ll be of the same opinion,” he said. “The message has been clear to the players since the draw – just make sure we are in with a chance come the second leg.

“It’s difficult with two legs as it’s much more intricate than just playing a one-off game. It’s going to be cat and mouse for both groups.”