ONLY OUR BEST WILL DO AGAINST DEE, SAYS COVE STAR MAN SCOTT
COVE Rangers defender Scott Ross has warned his teammates they will have to raise their game if they are to have any hope of beating Banks 'o Dee in next month's Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup final.
Scott was speaking after they edged out Deveronvale 3-1 after extra-time, while playing below their best, in their semi-final at Banff.
Aberdeen Junior side Dee, meanwhile, were trouncing Turriff United 7-0 in the other semi 11 miles or so down the road at The Haughs.
Dee also hammered Inverurie Locos 5-1 away and beat Aberdeen 4-3 at Spain Park in the earlier rounds, so Scott is expecting a mammoth battle when the sides face up in the final on Saturday October 6.
"We are going to have to play at our very best to win that one, that's for sure," said Scott, who turned in a man-of-the-match performance to help see off gallant Vale.
"Their results in the competition so far have come as no surprise to me.
"Banks 'o Dee are a team who would more than hold their own at Highland League level.
"They have some great players and a management team who are highly respected as well.
"Nobody can afford to take them lightly in any way.
"We also saw how good they are last season when we played them in the Aberdeenshire Shield final.
"It was a very competitive game, one of the toughest we had in the whole campaign.
"We were never at our very best at Banff, so are grateful to have still made it through to the final.
"But we are going to have to be right at it from the off when we take on Dee or we could suffer like some of those other sides have."
Scott was quick to praise veteran defender Alan Redford and teenage midfielder Hamish MacLeod for coming off the bench to score the two vital goals, during the first half of extra-time, that eventually saw Cove through at Princess Royal Park.
"I'm particularly delighted for Hamish," he said.
"He has done really well in training this season, he puts in a shift and has shown how eager he is to be involved.
"I'm glad he came on and did his bit for the boys to ensure we made it through.
"All of us were also happy for Reds - our Mr Steady Eddie in every game, he's an eight out of 10 every time he plays.
"I was really chuffed to see him getting a bit of the glory for a change by scoring the goal that took a bit of the pressure off us at a vital stage of the game.
"We didn't play particularly well in the 90 minutes but upped our game in extra-time and won, which is all that really matters.
"You have to give Vale some credit for the way they worked hard to prevent us playing the way we would have preferred.
"But our main objective was to get to the final, so we are pleased to have done that."