Formartine United forward Marek Madle hopes lightning can strike twice today when his side hosts Cove Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Breedon Aggregates League Cup.
Two weeks ago the Pitmedden men ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the league and the Czech Republic-born attacker, who notched United’s third goal, is confident of a repeat performance.
He said: “It would be really good to progress in the final cup competition of the season. We beat Cove a couple of weeks ago and I scored our third goal late-on. I have formed a really good partnership up front with Cammy Keith, and we are also good friends off the park as well. He scored in our 1-1 draw at Forres last weekend and we are both playing with confidence.”
Madle, an international relations and management final year student at Aberdeen University, almost emigrated to Australia in November before committing his future to United.
He does not regret the decision. He said: “I am really enjoying my football, so much so that I changed my mind about moving to Australia at the end of last year and I signed a two-year contract instead.
“I like the way Stevie Paterson manages the club and the players all have the right attitude, so I was more than happy to sign on again.”
United will be without full back Neil McVitie, who has a hamstring injury, and Hamish Munro is set to take his place.
Cove manager John Sheran said: “They were excellent when they beat us 3-0 in the league on a day when we were pretty poor but I am expecting a different game tomorrow. It is up to us to get in about them and try to win the game.
“We have everything to prove this time and I hope our guys are up for it.”
Cove will be without former Aberdeen midfielders Chris Clark and Stuart Duff. Clark has a thigh strain and Duff is suspended.