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PREVIEW: Falkirk Stadium ready to host Harmony Row and Spartans Youth FC in SYFA Cup semi-final

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Sunday 11th March marks the beginning of the SYFA Cup semi-finals and with just one match separating all teams involved from a memorable cup final, it is vital that teams go into this match in the best form possible. That can definitely be said of both the sides looking to battle it out for a place in the final of the under 17's Scottish Youth FA Cup.
 
Harmony Row have lost just one match in the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League all season and sit third in the table, 11 points off of top spot with three games in hand are still competing in the rest of their domestic cup competitions. 
 
Their opponents Spartans Youth FC sit in second place in the SERYFA Division 1 table, just three points adrift of leaders Cavalry Park, but with two games in hand and they remain in all but one of their domestic cup competitions this season.
 
This looks set to be a very tight match, so let's look at each teams route to the final.
 
 
Harmony Row
 
Harmony Row started their journey away from home, travelling to face Renfrew Victoria YFC. An 8-0 win marked and emphatic start from Harmony Row and built confidence on their way to the second round of the cup.
 
The second round saw Harmony Row given a home draw, their first of the cup. Linwood Rangers Youth Club were the opponents and it proved to be another convincing win for Harmony as they moved through to round three with a 6-1 win.
 
It was another home tie in the third round as Harmony welcomed Aberdeen based side Lewis United Youth. This proved to be their toughest tie to date as they battled to a 4-2 victory, with Lewis United putting in a very commendable performance.
 
It was a difficult tie in round four as Harmony Row hosted Hutchison Vale, putting in arguably their best performance of the season to knock out a very established Hutchison Vale side 2-1 to advance to the round of 16.
 
Their reward was another home tie, this time hosting Blantyre Soccer Academy Black, which proved to be a less tense match for the PJDYFL team, who eased into the quarter-finals with a 5-1 win.
 
The quarter final saw Harmony Row travel to Greenock to take on St. Andrews BC for a chance to play in the Falkirk Stadium for a spot in this year's final. A 2-0 win was enough to secure that spot.
 
 
Spartans Youth FC
 
Spartans Youth's first round match had a very local feel to it, being drawn against Spartans FC Youth Colts. The two Spartans sides put on a very entertaining match, with the Youth's beating the Colts 2-1 to advance to round two.
 
Round two saw Spartans take on Pumpherston United at home and this proved to be a far more comfortable victory than in the previous round. A 10-0 win to move on to round three.
 
The third round produced yet another familiar tie for Spartans Youth as they were given a 'away' tie against Spartans Youth FC Reds. The away side took the spoils from this clash, overcoming their namesakes bin a 5-2 win.
 
Another away trip to another Edinburgh-based side was next for Spartans as they made the trip to face Leith Athletic. Spartans showed their superiority and attacking prowess in this fixture, easing through thanks to an exhilarating 8-3 victory.
 
A spot in the final 16 was theirs and a place in the quarter finals was on offer, but they had to make it through Erskine YFC Athletic in order to get there. But get there they did, emphatically so with a stunning 8-0 win. This was the third time in the competition that Spartans had scored eight or more goals in a match.
 
They faced a tougher challenge if they were to make it to the clash at Falkirk. In the quarter-finals they were paired with Airdrieonians FCBC. It proved to be a very tense match with both sides more than up for the challenge, but it was Spartans who narrowly made it through with a 2-1 victory to book their place at Falkirk. 
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