Penicuik Athletic captain Dougie Cunnison is confident his side can get the better of West Super League outfit Irvine Meadow ahead of their Scottish Junior Cup fifth-round replay.
The two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Penicuik Park last week and will meet again at Meadow Park this weekend, with a home quarter-final tie against either Girvan, Rutherglen Glencairn or Bo’ness United the prize for the victors.
Meadow were big favourites to get the job done at the first time of asking last Saturday, but Penicuik more than held their own. Centre-back Cunnison said: “We defended really well as a team. I felt we created the better chances throughout. Grant (Killin) had a great chance early on, but somehow managed to miss it, these things happen. Big Yossi (Youssef Bejaoui) had a couple of great saves, so a draw was probably a fair result.”
As one of the favourites to lift the trophy for the first time in more than 40 years, Irvine Meadow are widely expected to make home advantage count tomorrow.
Cunnison acknowledges his side are the underdogs, but says that, backed by a good travelling support, they will go into the match with confidence high after last week’s performance.
He said: The advantage goes on to them (Irvine Meadow), they are at home now. However, we are confident playing anyone right now, we are playing really well and our form is good. There is a good group of fans here that turn up every week, so hopefully they’ll get behind us.”