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Revenge is not Pentland's main cup final incentive


By Matt Leslie


Pentland manager Michael Gray hopes his side can keep up their good form in Saturday's Eain Mackintosh Cup final against Wick Groats. Picture: Mel Roger
Pentland manager Michael Gray hopes his side can keep up their good form in Saturday's Eain Mackintosh Cup final against Wick Groats. Picture: Mel Roger

Pentland United boss Michael Gray insists revenge will not be his side's main motivation ahead of Saturday's Eain Mackintosh Cup final.

The Dunnet side take on fellow league title challengers Wick Groats in a repeat of last month's Colin Macleod Cup final that saw the latter win 5-2.

It would be natural to assume that getting their own back will be United's main objective, but that is not how Gray sees it.

He said: "I wouldn't say revenge will be our main incentive as there is a trophy to win – that will be our priority.

"What happened in the Colin Macleod final is done. We didn't do ourselves justice and we've moved on. This is a different final and what has gone on before is in the past.

"What I will say, though, is that we have to learn or lessons from that game – namely to defend better as a unit.

"It was very uncharacteristic of us and we must apply ourselves more. We were too tentative at times – especially around set-pieces.

"If we are to win this final, we need to attack the various zones on the pitch. If you don't win the first ball, make sure you win the second.

"Our attacking play was good in the last final. We need to build on that, be brave on the ball and give ourselves some good options up the pitch."

This is a different final and what has gone on before is in the past.

Pentland warmed up nicely for the Eain Mackintosh final as they kept up their CAFA Division One title challenge with a thumping 4-1 win at Castletown.

Two goals from James McLean and other strikes via Conor Cormack and Cameron Montgomery sealed the victory. Castletown netted a consolation through Martyn Cook.

Gray said: "It was a funny game despite the scoreline. It was very competitive in the first half.

"Castletown gave us some problems and it took a while for us to find our rhythm.

"We were more fluent after half-time and once we made some tactical changes, we created more chances which in turn led to the goals we scored."

While Castletown were once again commended for making a game of it, manager James Robertson would like to convert the plaudits into points.

He said: "Every other team credits us for being tough to play against.

"That is nice but when you're in the relegation play-off spot, you would rather have some points to be further up the table.

"It's good that we compete to the end but we need to start cutting out mistakes and be more clinical in front of goal if we are to stay up."



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