Cup fever is set to peak in weeks ahead

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Linlithgow Rose and Bo’ness United are involved in East of Scotland Cup ties this

weekend but all the fans’ chat has centred on this week’s

Scottish Junior Cup draw.

Bo’ness were paired against last season’s cup winners Auchinleck Talbot in Monday’s draw with the Rose set to meet their 2013 semi-final opponents Shotts.

The BU match is the tie of the round while the Rose will face a stiff test too but both teams have home advantage.

BU boss Allan McGonigal said: ‘‘In my mind Auchinleck are the best junior team I have seen in my 20 years of junior football. And while they may not be the classiest footballing side, they have it in them to grind out result after result.

‘‘I am looking forward to this match as it will be a spectacle for both junior football and the fans. The game will give the town a real boost!’’

But prior to the Scottish Cup tie, McGonigal is focussing on tomorrow’s match against Newtongrange Star.

The BUs have already beat them 4-2 this season and he knows it will be a tough encounter but he said: ‘I have got a team of players which is high in confidence and can score from all areas of the park. I will not need to motivate them for this game or the Scottish. At the moment, we fear no-one.’’

Over at Prestonfield, Rose boss Mark Bradley said he was delighted with the way his players responded after 
going down to an early goal last weekend.

He said: ‘‘They showed character to hit back soon afterwards and the scoreline could have been much more.’’

Regarding the Scottish third round draw, he added: ‘‘We are happy to get a home draw. The team we will face this time is a changed side from last season and they will be out to impress their manager.’’

Mark Bradley’s side will look to go one step further than last season in the East of Scotland Cup when they meet Blackburn in their second round tie.

But Bradley knows it will be difficult task, especially away from home, adding: ‘‘They will expect us to go there and control the game but we know they will aim to make it as hard as possible.

‘‘We will have to match the determination of their players on the day.’’