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PREVIEW | Unbeaten Airdrie United clash with formidable St Cadocs in U19'S Scottish Cup semi-final

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St Cadocs YC United must do what no other team has managed to do this season and beat Airdrie United BC in order to secure a place in this year's Under 19's SYFA Cup Final.
St Cadocs have had a very good season so far this year. They currently sit in second place in the PJDYFL Division 1 table and sit six points behind the first placed side Harmony Row having played the same number of games.
St Cadocs are also in the quarter-finals of the West Region Cup, where they will play Maryhill Juniors and they were knocked out of the Elizabeth Canning Paisley Cup in the round of 16 in a close match against Harmony Row.
Airdrie United have been absolutely unstoppable this season. They sit on top spot in the WLAYFC Colin Campbell Sports U19 League with 13 wins from 13 games.
They also have a final to look forward to already as they are due to play Musselburgh Windsor in the Final of the South East Region Cup and they are also semi-finalists in the WLAYFC County Cup, where they will be playing Blackburn United CYFC.
Let's have a look at each teams journey to the semi-finals:
St Cadocs YC United
St Cadocs began their journey in the second round of the competition with a home tie against PJDYFL Division 2 side Gleniffer Thistle. Thistle were expected to struggle against their superior opponents but put in a performance to be proud of, despite eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
Into round three and the draw gave United an easier tie on paper as they were drawn against struggling WLAYFC side Victoria FC. The gulf in class was clearly too much for the West Lothian side and St Cadocs ran out 8-1 winners.
Another away tie awaited United in the round of 32 and it provided a difficult trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South Colts. Despite the distance travelled, St Cadocs were in top form to leave with a 5-1 victory and a place in the round of 16.
The round of 16 gave United a home tie, meaning a long journey for their opponents, ADJFA side Inverurie Locos. Locos are currently top of the ADJFA A League but couldn't get the best of St Cadocs who booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win.
With one game left to play before the semi-finals, United were given another home draw, this time against East Kilbride FC Gold. With confidence high, they took on the challenge and produced a great performance and  3-0 win to boot, setting up their semi-final clash with Airdrie United.
Airdrie United BC
Airdrie United, unlike their opponents this Sunday, started their Scottish Cup journey in the first round with a home tie against SERYFA side Leith Athletic. Leith Athletic are currently sitting in second place in the SERYFA Division 1 table but Airdrie proved to be too strong for them, running out 4-0 winners.
Another home tie in the second round saw United welcome another SERYFA Division 1 side, this time being Edinburgh City Blacks. City's league form hsn't been the best this season and Airdrie proved to be too much for them to handle. A 4-1 triumph for Airdrie saw them advance to the third round.
Round three saw Airdrie make a trip to the East Region to take on Fairmuir BC Violet. The Dundee-based side also couldn't handle the talent of the WLAYFC leaders, eventully succumbing to a 4-0 loss.
In the fourth round Airdrie were given a home tie against Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League side Calderbraes. The mid-table side was always up against it with their opponents in such good form, but they certainly put in a performance to be proud of despite a 3-1 defeat.
The round of 16 Annbank United were the next team to try their hand at beating Scottish youth football's invincibles this season. The mid-table West of Scotland side couldn't find their rythem though and fell to a 3-0 defeat.
In the quarter-finals Airdrie were drawn away to St. Andrew BC, a side which proved to provide a real challenge to Airdrie's credentials. The PJDYFL side have performed very well this season and pushed their opponents all the way despite a 2-1 defeat in the end.
Airdrie United BC are certainly favourites going into this tie having gone the entire season unbeaten so far, but it would be a fool who counts St Cadocs out of the fight. 
A cup final awaits the PJDYFL side and they will certainly raise their game going into this match.
It certainly has the makings of a very intruiging match and Youth Football Scotland wishes the best of luck to both sides. 
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