This weekend sees a whole host of cup finals played at Ochilview Park in Stenhousemuir. One of which is the 2005’s League Cup which takes place at 7:00 on Friday 12th January. It has been a long journey for the finalists but now it comes down to one game between Falkirk FCF and Gairdoch United to see who will be crowned champions. Let’s have a look at each side’s route to the final.
Falkirk were drawn into group section A for the tournament and they began their cup run in stunning fashion, securing a dominant victory over EDFC Barca before following it up with an impressive 7-1 win over Campsie FC.
After that came a stunning 8-0 loss away to their cup final opponents Gairdoch United but they recovered well with a 4-0 win away to Rosebank United. This was followed up by wins against Stenhousemuir BC, Condorrat BC and Cumbernauld Pumas.
Six wins from seven group game saw Falkirk finish second behind Gairdoch and qualify for the quarter-finals, where they would come up against Motherwell FC CT, a difficult opponent and one currently flying high in second spot in the SCFA Under 13’s (a) League, but one Falkirk were able to overcome in an impressive 4-1 win.
This set up a thrilling semi-final tie against Scotland BC Purple which Falkirk eventually came through after a nervy penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1-1 after extra time. They were to advance to the final with a 5-4 spot kick win.
Gairdoch come into this match in fine form, having lost just one match all season. Seven wins from seven in their section A group, including the previously mentioned 8-0 victory over Falkirk FCF, saw them advance comfortably to the quarter-finals.
Next up for United was their quarter-final tie against Maryhill BC. It was business as usual as they claimed their place in the semi-final beating their opponents 7-1.
One more game to navigate for Gairdoch and it was Lenzie YC who was standing in their way. With the pressure of being favourites it would have been easy to get complacent, however it was to be no problem for the league leaders as they came through as 5-1 winners and secured their place at Ochilview on Friday.
It certainly looks set to be an interesting cup final. Falkirk have already lost once to Gairdoch in the cup and came up short when they clashed in league competition. Gairdoch will go into the match full of confidence and as clear favourites for the trophy, but cup finals can be funny in that they never quite go the way you expect.
Falkirk will go into this game knowing that if they put in a performance then they have a good chance of leaving Stenhousemuir with a trophy, and that will be the only motivation they need to give their opponents a really tough match.