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Future Is Bright For One Of Scotland’s Only Polish Football Clubs

Aberdeen’s FC Polska Looking For Talent

Report by Andy McLaren

FC Polska captain Marlin Motyl today insisted the future is bright for Polish football in the city after helping them ease past Formartine Amateurs.

Polska are one of the only Polish clubs in Scotland, having formed in 2007.

Based in Aberdeen, they now aim to continue their recent success after winning promotion from Division 3 last season.

The Seaton outfit are made up of 22 players from across the city and eased past Formartine Amateurs 3-1 in the Aberdeen FC Trophy 1st round.

Marlin, who helped create the club six years ago, has also played for Junior sides Parkvale and Glentanar.

And Polska’s skipper admits he is determined to keep looking for fresh talent to retain their unique status in Amateur football.

He said: “The majority of people coming to Aberdeen from Poland don’t have any friends who stay in the city and they may not know anybody.

“It’s great to get these people involved with the club and to get them in regular matches.

“We have a special community spirit at the club and after games we always socialise with each other.

“Our main aim is to stay in Division Two but we will definitely get a better idea of what standard we are at after our first eight games.”

Polska were promoted in their first season in Amateur football and also reached the final of the Chattan Rovers Cup in 2010.

Players from countries such as Nigeria, Slovakia and Czech Republic have represented the Aberdeen outfit over the years.

And Marlin today vowed they will keep looking for fresh talent in order to retain their unique multicultural status.

“We are different to every other team in the league as we have all nationalities playing for us,” he said.

“The standard in Scotland is very competitive and the majority of the leagues are better organised than in Poland.

“We have a very limited squad to choose from at Polska so it makes it difficult when people are on holiday or injured but I’m confident we can have a good season.”

Polska opened the scoring after 4 minutes when Sylwester Zdunezyil curled a shot past Greg Simmers from a tight angle.

Zdunezyil then doubled his side’s advantage when he reacted quickly to turn the ball into the net 5 minutes later.

Formartine, who are in their first Amateur season, continued to push and almost grabbed a goal back when Lee Todd hit the post before Michael McHardy’s follow up was parried away by Marlin Manus.

The Pitmedden outfit scored on 25 minutes when Jamie Pallister’s low drive flashed past Manus into the bottom corner of the net.

Half-time: 1 – 2

Polska continued to threaten and almost went 3-1 ahead when Zdunezyil’s looping shot crashed against the crossbar.

The Division Two (North) side deservedly scored a third goal when Zdunezyil’s fizzing cross was bundled into the net by Formartine’s Ryan Bonner.

Full Time: 1 – 3

Formartine: Simmers, Bonner, Falconer, Burrows, Warrander, Gilchrist, Wilson, McHardy, Todd, Pallister, Smith.

Subs: McKenzie, Parker, Munro, Shaw.

FC Polska: Manus, Motyl, Drozd, Falacinci, Laniewski, Nigrini, Manilowski, Zdunezyil, Fayga, Lvdwisiak, Bracha.

Subs: Urbaniak, Ksiazek.

Referee: John Barrowman