MIDFIELD MAESTRO BLAIR EAGER TO HELP COVE GO ALL THE WAY IN HIGHLAND LEAGUE CUP
ON FORM: Blair Yule in action for Cove Rangers against Wick earlier this season.
COVE Rangers midfielder Blair Yule admits he's a man on a mission in this season's Highland League Cup.
Cove face Huntly at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday, 3pm, in a battle for the right to reach the semi finals of north football's premier cup competition.
Blair said: "it's the one cup every player in the Highland is desperate to come out on top in.
"I'm delighted we managed to win the Aberdeenshire Cup this season because it meant I had finally completed the full set of trophies we can play for in the Highland League.
"Another league medal this season would be nice too.
"But I'm also eager to help Cove do well in the Highland League Cup as well.
"The Aberdeenshire competitions are very competitive and fun to play in.
"But the Highland League Cup has more prestige because you are up against the best sides from the north as well.
"You have to be a very good team to go all they way in that one."
Blair has experienced joy and despair in the completion in the past.
The 26 year old, who returned to the club in the summer after a season playing for Arbroath, set up one of Cove's goals when they beat Formartine United 2-1 at Fraserburgh in 2017, the last time they lifted the trophy.
But Blair was suspended when they hammered Wick Academy 4-0 in the 2015 final up in Inverness.
"Nobody likes missing finals," said Blair.
"I remember watching the one in 2015 and when the final whistle went the manager told me to put a kit on and join the celebrations with the rest of the team.
"It wasn't the same though because I hadn't played.
"It was far happier when we won that last final because I had made a contribution on the day.
"Hopefully I will get the opportunity to do that again this season."
Blair was quick to add that he knows Cove still have a lot of hard work ahead if they want to be one of the two sides competing in the showpiece finale to the season.
That includes attempting to get the better of a Huntly side more than capable of getting the result they need at Balmoral to make the semis.
Blair said: "Huntly have been boosted by taking in a new management team.
"They have kicked on since we beat them up at Christie Park at the start a of the season, so we know we will have to be at our very best to get the better of them again."
Cove are also desperate to bounce back from last week's first Breedon Highland League defeat of the season, 1-0 away to Fraserburgh.
"It's difficult not to notice when we lose a game, everyone else makes a huge fuss about it," said Blair, who was sent-off at Bellslea and is now suspended from next week's league clash with Rothes.
"I can assure you nobody is more frustrated about it than we are.
"It doesn't happen to us that often and it's not nice when we aren't winning games.
"We actually get angry about it and are always eager to get back out on to the pitch and do all that we can to get back to winning ways."
Cove are expected to again be without strike duo Mitch Meggison and Paul McManus because of injuries, but midfielder Ryan Strachan could make his first start since August.