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Football: JIM FEELS THE SPAIN; OVD JUNIOR CUP Boyd's pal didn't make it.

Byline: By Kevin McGoldrick

JAMES LUNDIE couldn't help but envy his mate Kris Boyd when the Rangers striker got a taste of Champions League action this week.

But the defender is aiming for his own I shot at glory as he bids to help Beith lift the OVD Scottish Cup.

The 23-year-old, who tomorrow lines up against Bathgate in the quarter-finals, spent three seasons playing alongside Boyd in Kilmarnock's youth team.

He said: "Although Kris became a regular in the first team the closest I got was a few appearances on the bench. I look at the big man now with envy but not in a bad way.

"It's great to see him doing so well. But while his career blossomed mine never really took off and I was devastated when I was released.

"I spent three months just sitting around feeling sorry for myself then got an opportunity to go to America.

"I was on a scholarship at Iowa Central College for two years and it was a tremendous experience. When I came back the assistant boss at Beith, Hugh Findlay, my dad's neighbour, asked me along and I've been here for a season and a half.

"I have really enjoyed my time at the club and would love to help them reach the Scottish Cup Final.

"We know it will be difficult as most of Bathgate's squad are experienced ex-seniors but we have already beaten former winners Linlithgow.

"We are a small club compared to these big guns but we firmly believe we can beat anyone on our day."

Beith travel to Bathgate, who have Sean Sweeney and Alan Neil back, with a full squad.

Fraser Fitzpatrick, Alan Ramsay, Steven Stewart and Martin Grant return for holders Tayport against Clydebank, who have Scott Mackay out.

Petershill will be without Stevie Campbell and possibly Jim Dick against Irvine Meadow, whose top scorer John McDonald is a doubt.

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Date:Mar 10, 2006
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