Delighted McSkimming hails dream cup tie for Carnoustie Panmure

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Alan McSkimming was battling the cold this week but he was given a boost when he saw the Scottish Junior Cup draw.

His Carnoustie Panmure team were given a dream tie in the last 16 as they are set to face giants of the Junior game Auchinleck Talbot at home.

The Fifth Round clash will take place at the Gowfers’ Laing Park home on February 13.

Alan admitted the tie is a massive one for the club but said he will have his players approaching the game like any other.

He said: “It certainly made me sit up a wee bit and realigned my focus from coughing to a glamour tie against Auchinleck.

“It’s a great tie and a fantastic opportunity for the club.

“It’s a game that’ll be all about the occasion, who does the right things and makes fewer mistakes.

“We’ve got to go in and treat it like any other game.”

McSkimming believes the forthcoming clash shows everybody just how far the Gowfers have come in the last few years.

The side has been forced to deal with all manner of conditions on their road to the Talbot game and for a young squad like theirs, it’s a highly commendable achievement already.

Alan added that the fixture offers his players a fantastic chance to measure themselves against one of the biggest teams in Junior football - in front of a raucous, loyal home support.

He said: “It shows us how far we’ve come on. We’re a young squad and we’re always improving.

“We’ve been adapting to conditions all through the competition, now we’re in the last 16 against the holders.

“This is a great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the top Junior teams in Scotland.

“It’s an exciting time, the boys are absolutely buzzing with the tie.

“Being a Carnoustie lad myself, the town will be right behind the guys and hopefully we can cause an upset.”