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PREVIEW | Local affair in Under 15's SYFA Cup semi-final as Tynecastle FC face Longniddry Villa

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It's an all SERYFA affair this Sundy at 1pm in the semi-final of the Under 15's SYFA Cup as Tynecastle FC take on local rivals Longniddry Villa, with a place in the Scottish Cup Final up for grabs to the victor.
 
Both sides have had very good seasons so far and this looks set to be a real Scottish Cup classic. Home side Tynecastle FC currently sit in third place in the SERYFA Division 1 table, just nine points behind leaders Spartans FC Reds with one game in hand.
 
They have also had some great cup runs along the way with Tynecastle due to play Edinburgh City Blacks in the quarter-finals of the D1 League Cup. A tough match up for them as Edinburgh City Blacks also knocked Tynecastle out of the Federation of Hearts Supporters' Clubs Cup at the semi-final stage. They also made it to the quarter final stage of the South East Region Cup before they were narrowly defeated by Leith Athletic.
 
It has been something of a mixed bag for Longniddry Villa this season. Their League campaign has been less than impressive and Villa find themselves bottom of the SERYFA Division 1, although it should be noted that they have only been able to play five games this season.
 
They were knocked out of the D1 League Cup at the quarter-finals stage, losing out to SERYFA top side Spartans FC Reds and they are still to play their quarter-final match in the Federation of Hearts Supporters' Clubs Cup, where they will face either Gala Fairydean Rovers or Spartans FC Youth. Villa also have a cup final to look forward to regardless of Sunday's result as they await the winners of the Sout East Region Cup semi-final tie between Edinburgh City Blacks and Leith Athletic.
 
It is also worth noting that Tynecastle FC and Longniddry Villa have faced each other twice already this season, once in the John McConnell Memorial Cup round of 16. There was little to separate the sides on the day as the match finished 2-2. In the end it was penalties that decided the tie and Tynecastle FC advanced to the quarter-finals, winning 3-2 in the shootout.
 
The second match between the two was won by Villa, who put together a fantastic performance to win 4-0 and hand Tynecastle one of only three losses in the league this season.
 
Let us now look at each sides' route to the semi-final:
 
 
Tynecastle FC
 
A straightforwad tie in round one for Tynecastle saw them travel to Seryfa Division 3 side Tranent Colts. The home side were just not able to deal with the threat posed by their Division 1 opponents and they eventually succumbed to a 10-0 defeat and Tynecastle advanced to round two.
 
Next up was a home tie for Tynecastle as they hosted West Lothian side Kirkfield United. It turned out to be n equally comfortable win for the SERYFA side as they moved into round three with a 8-0 win.
 
It was a return to SERYFA competition in round three as next up for Tynecastle was a trip to mid-table Division 3 side Currie Star. The gulf in class was very evident on the day and the Division 1 side took ll the spoils with another double-digit victory to progress into round four.
 
Into round four and Tynecastle welcomed opponents from the ADJFA in the North Region in the form of League B side Newmacher United. The second division North Region side were able to score the first goal against Tynecastle in the competition this season but ultimately fell to an 8-1 defeat.
 
It was back to the South East Region in the round of 16 as Tynecastle welcomed West Lothian table-toppers Broxburn Athletic Colts Diamonds. A potentially difficult tie for the SERYFA side but one they came through with flying colours with an impressive 6-0 victory.
 
There are no easy ties once you get to the quarter-final stage of any tournament and this proved to be no different for Tynecastle who were handed tough home tie against Musselburgh Windsor. Windsor currently sit second in the SERYFA Division 1 table and look good value to challenge for the league title, so it took a titanic performance from Tynecastle to book their place in the semi-final with a 5-0 win.
 
 
Longniddry Villa
 
First up for Longniddry Villa was a home tie against SERYFA Divison 2 side Peebles FC. This one had the potential to be a rel challenge for Villa but they came through the tie well, earning their spot in round two with a 5-1 win.
 
Another potential shock was on the cards in round two as Villa were given an away tie to SERYFA Division 2 leaders Portobello CFA. It proved to be something of a goalfest with both sides putting in impressive performances. Ultimately it was Villa who triumphed with a 7-2 victory to advance to round three.
 
Next up was a difficult home tie against Lanarkshire FDA Section A side Blantyre SA Black. This proved to be a very entertaining game with both sides giving it their all to earn their spot in the last 32. Villa managed to secure sfe passage with a 3-1 win.
 
A trip to Stenhousemuir BC were next on the card for Longniddry and it proved to be another tough game for Villa. Stenhousemuir are still challenging for the CSFA League A title and certainly had the ability to put Villa out. They showed great determination and character to leave with a 5-2 win and a spot in the last 16.
 
Next up was West of Scotland side Bellfield Royals. The away tie could have proved to be a difficult one to overcome but Villa's professional attitude saw them book their place in the quarter finals with a 2-0 win.
 
Celtic Boys Club were the only thing standing in the way of Villa and a spot in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and they were certainly made to work it. After the match finished 2-2 after extra time, the tie had to be decided by a penalty shootout. Villa held their nerve to win 5-4 and set up their tie with Tynecastle.
 
 
 
 
Both sides have worked extremely hard to get to this stage of the competition and both will have reasons to be motivated.
 
Longniddry Villa know what it takes to beat Tynecastle having done so earlier in the season, however Tynecastle will be motivated by their victory over Villa in the John McConnell Memorial Cup as well.
 
This is certainly shaping up to be an incredible cup semi-final and Youth Football Scotland wishes the best of luck to both teams.
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