Dodd wants cup win for Parkinson

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Adam Dodd believes helping Ayr United dump Hibernian out of the William Hill Scottish Cup would be the perfect tribute to his former youth coach Gary Parkinson.

Ayr manager Brian Reid brought the 18-year-old midfielder on loan to Somerset Park from Blackpool on the recommendation of former Middlesbrough right-back Parkinson, who last year was left severely disabled and diagnosed with the rare 'locked-in syndrome' after suffering a stroke.

"The gaffer became aware of me through my old youth coach Gary Parkinson, who has unfortunately got what is called 'locked-in syndrome. He can only speak with his eyes after having a stroke, the manager spoke to him and got the go ahead from him," said Dodds.

"He was a great coach and is a great person, I have been at Blackpool since I was 12 so have known him for a few years now, it would be great to do well for him. I have come out to get some experience and hopefully it will work in my favour at Blackpool.

"The gaffer had some contacts at Blackpool as he obviously played there, I also spoke to guys like Barry Ferguson, who said it was a good go ahead to come to this league - so far I am enjoying it."

Dodd is looking forward to another chance to test himself against top league opposition, after being part of the Ayr side that was beaten after extra-time against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final.

Although, having won their last two league matches and already recording cup victories over Clydesdale Bank Premier League sides Inverness, Hearts and St Mirren this season, Reid's men will go into the game full of confidence.

United also knocked Hibs out of last season's Scottish Cup and Dodd is hoping they can carry that momentum into Saturday's meeting with Pat Fenlon's side.

"I was fortunate to get some game time in our semi-final at Hampden which was fantastic for someone of my age and it's great we are doing well in the league now.

"Given our current league from and previous results against the big team's, Hibernian won't be fancying coming here. We have done well against SPL opposition and after taking Kilmarnock right to the end we know we can do it."

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