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Cove Rangers midfielder Daniel Park returns from Texas for Scottish Cup replay

Cove Rangers midfielder Daniel Park.
Cove Rangers midfielder Daniel Park.

Cove Rangers striker Daniel Park was back at training last night and hopes to put himself in the frame for a place in Saturday’s Scottish Cup second-round replay at Auchinleck Talbot.

Park was an absentee last Saturday as the sides battled out a 1-1 draw at Balmoral Stadium and he is eager to make an impression when he returns to the squad for Saturday’s trip to Ayrshire.

He said: “I was best man to my cousin at his wedding in Austin, Texas at the weekend so I was as far away from Balmoral Stadium as you could possibly get.

“I was over there for six days and our manager John Sheran understood the circumstances but I will be at training tonight and trying my hardest to get in the team on Saturday. I’ve watched the highlights of the first game and having spoken to a few of the guys I think we did have enough chances to win the game on the day.

“I think the penalty awarded against Eric Watson for hand-ball was a bit suspect as he wasn’t very far away at all when the ball was fired at him, so I don’t really think there was much he could do about it.

“Reading the match reports it would also appear that our keeper John McCafferty made a few good saves to keep us in it toward the end of the game.”

Looking further ahead to Saturday’s replay, and the prospect of a trip to face Fraserburgh at Bellslea for the winners, the 28-year-old son of former Cove and Keith midfielder Graeme Park knows victory for his side guarantees Highland League representation in the cup in January.

He said: “I’ve haven’t played at Beechwood Park in Auchinleck before so I’m looking forward to that and I think there will be a big crowd, possibly as many as 1,000 which should make it a great atmosphere. We’re used to playing in big games such as cup finals and I’m sure we’ll rise to the occasion.

“To be honest I would have preferred somebody other than the Broch but if we beat Auchinleck at the weekend at least there will be a Highland League club in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.”

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