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Nairn County striker looking for dream draw in Scottish Cup


By Will Clark

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DYLAN Mackenzie says playing one of the biggest teams in the country is what is spurring Nairn County on to progress in the Scottish Cup

Nairn County's Dylan MacKenzie and Lossiemouth centre back Dean Stewart chase down the ball. ..Nairn County FC (2) vs Lossiemouth FC (4) - North of Scotland Cup first round - Station Park, Nairn 28/07/2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Nairn County's Dylan MacKenzie and Lossiemouth centre back Dean Stewart chase down the ball. ..Nairn County FC (2) vs Lossiemouth FC (4) - North of Scotland Cup first round - Station Park, Nairn 28/07/2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Nairn head to Aberdeen tomorrow to take on North Junior Super League heavyweights Banks O’Dee in the second round at Spain Park.

Victory would see them progress to the third round when teams from League One and the Championship enter, with Premiership clubs entering the fourth round of the competition.

Mackenzie (22) says the magic of the cup will inspire him and his teammates as they look for a win against Banks O’Dee, saying he would love a crack at one of the big boys of Scottish football.

“It would be massive, not just for the players, or the club, but for the town itself,” he said.

“Whether it was a home tie or an away tie, it would get people through the gates or travelling up the road.

“It would also be huge for the club financially and you want to play against the best teams and it would be a cool experience for everyone involved.

“I have never played at the bigger grounds, but there are players in the team that have and they always speak about that experience.

“It would be cool to play at a big stadium, but it is all about getting there first.”
However, Mackenzie is not underestimating the challenge Banks O’Dee will present. They became the first junior team to win the Aberdeenshire Cup, beating Keith, Inverurie Locos, Fraserburgh and Formartine United on their way to lifting the trophy.

He said: “I’ve not seen too much of them, but you just have to look at those results in the Aberdeenshire Cup.

“They also played Forres in the Scottish Cup a few years ago and beat them comfortably.

“People will say we are playing a junior team and we should beat them. But they are looking to get into the Highland League.”


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