The first of three cup finals from the Central Scotland Football Association on Saturday 13th January sees an interesting match between Jerviston FC and Maddiston Mini’s. Just three points separate the two team in the under 14’s B league but league records mean next to nothing in a cup final. Let’s have a look at both side routes to their showpiece event at Ochilview Park.
Jerviston were drawn into group section A alongside their final opponents Maddiston Minis. Knowing that only a top two finish would ensure their place in the last four of the competition Jerviston started strongly.
First up was Syngenta Grange away from home and Jerviston set out a standard they were set to maintain for the rest of the competition when they left with an impressive 8-2 victory and followed it up with a 7-1 win over North Glasgow Celtic.
Next up was Maddiston Minis and it will certainly be one that the Jerviston players will be looking back on as they secured a 5-0 win over their final opponents. A loss to Milan FC, who narrowly missed out on a semi-final place, was not enough to derail Jerviston who secured their spot with a 2-2 draw to Lenzie YC.
That set up a semi-final tie with Steins Thistle and the two produced an extremely entertaining match that had to be settled in extra time. Jerviston proved to have more energy in the tank and walked away with a 4-2 victory and a place in the final.
Being drawn in a group with Jerviston FC and league B leaders Milan FC meant that it was always going to be a tough group for the Mini’s to get out of but showed their metal early on when they opened with an impressive 1-1 draw at home to Milan and followed it up with a close 6-5 win against Syngenta Grange.
The loss to Jerviston threatened to derail their cup run but strong performances in their final two games against Lenzie YC and North Glasgow Celtic were enough to send them through as group runners-up.
Next up for Maddiston and standing between them and a cup final spot at Ochilview was EDFC, who currently sit in second place in the B league. It would therefore appear that the odds were on EDFC’s side, but it appears as though the Mini’s don’t pay attention to the odds.
They dispatched their division rivals in a 7-1 win that cemented their place in the final and a chance at glory.
These two sides have met twice already this season. One was the aforementioned 5-0 win for Jerviston; and the other a tightly contested game in which Jerviston again emerged victorious by a score of 4-3.
This would probably put the odds in the favour of Jerviston, but what is evident from Maddiston’s cup run is that the odds mean absolutely nothing. One thing is for certain though and that is that we can expect a scintillating match from these two on Saturday.