The SYFA Cup semi-finals are now upon us and with just one match separating all teams involved from a memorable cup final. Both teams go into the match on good form but only one can go through between Jerviston FC and Hurlford BC.
Jerviston go into this match having played just four league matches this season. This has been due to their incredible success in their cup competitions, something that will undoubtedly create a great deal of confidence for the Central region side as they meet Hurlford.
Hurlford have been flying high in the league this season. They sit seven points clear at the top of the Under 17's table with three games in hand over second placed Prestwick CFC and have yet to lose a league match this season.
Let's have a look at both sides journey to the semi-finals.
Jerviston began their Scottish Cup journey in the second round, where they welcomed a very impressive Syngenta Juveniles who took them to their limits. It was a tie in which they had to dig deep against their worthy opponents, but they came through, winning 5-3 after extra time after a 3-3 draw in normal time.
Their third round match was a very challenging one for Jerviston, who faced long journey north to face Fraserburgh Link-Up. The travel did not seem to effect the players however and they advanced to round four with an impressive 3-1 win. A more comfortable win but just as satisfying.
The fourth round draw was well recieved by Jerviston as they managed to get the home draw, facing off this time against Blackburn United Community Youth FC. A place in the round of 16 awaited the winner and Jerviston were certainly eager to advance, securing safe passage with a convincing 7-1 victory.
That meant a round of 16 tie. Standing betweeen Jerviston and the quarter-finals was an away trip to motivated Dumbarton United. At this stage of the competition you have to be at your very best to advance and it's fair to say that that is exactly what Jerviston were when they made the trip to Dumbarton, scraping through with 3-2 win.
That set up a quarter-final match with Mossend Football Club. Jerviston had already faced Mossend in the quarter finals of the Central Region Cup, beating them 1-0. Mossend really brought the game to Jerviston in this one, pushing Jerviston all the way. Jerviston fought off the onslaught, finally coming through 4-3 winners, setting up the semi-final clash agaisnt Hurlford BC.
Hurlford started their journey right at the beginning in round one. First up was a home tie against KSC Kilwinning Rangers. A comfortable win in the end for the home side, securing a 4-0 win to advance into the second round.
Another home tie awaited Hurlford BC. Caledonian Youth club was the next in line and it proved to be a more tougher challenge than they had in the previous round, scraping through with a 1-0 win, as they secured their place as one of the last 64 in the tournament.
Next up was an away tie, their only one of their cup run, as they travelled to East Kilbride to play East Kilbride Burgh United. The prospect of playing away didn't seem to put off the future semi-finalists, who steamrolled into the next round with a resounding 9-0 victory.
Into round 4 and Hurlford BC welcomed Cantera FC. A close match ensued between the two sides but Hurlford came through with another impressive win, this time going through 3-1 winners.
That set up a home tie in the round of 16 against Kirkfield United. This proved to be a very entertaining match for those of a neutral persuasion, and a very difficult one for Hurlford, but they emerged 4-2 winners to advance to the quarter-finals.
Next up was a match against West Dyke, which proved to be their most challenging match to date. At the end of 90 minutes the score was level at two goals each, but Hurlford found the energy needed to secure thew win in extra time. The match ended 4-2 and Hurlford were on their way to the semi-finals.