The SYFA semi-finals have now officially begun and we now look forward to the first cup final in the Under 13’s as Cove Boys Club take on The Celtic Boys Club at Spain Park in Aberdeen.
Both sides go into the cup tie on good form with both sides unbeaten in their respective league campaigns. Cove have only played four games in the ADJFA this season as a result of their cup run, but have produced four wins.
The Celtic BC have played nine games in the league so far and sit in second place just one point off of top spot having played two games less. Let’s have a look at both sides’ routes to the semi-final
Cove began their cup journey in the second round with a home tie against Middlefield Wasps, who have been performing very well in the ADJFA so far this season. Cove had to be at their best to come through the match, securing an impressive 2-1 victory to advance to round three.
Next up was Lasswade Thistle, once again at home. Another tough tie against a side that currently sit top of the SERYFA Under 13’s league, but Cove showed great determination to win, securing another 2-1 scoreline to move on to round four.
The next round produced another very difficult tie for the North Region side as they were drawn to host CAYFA league toppers KSC Kilwinning Rangers. The draw was certainly not being kind to Cove but the youngsters once again showed their quality to win 3-2 and advance to the next round.
Into the round of 16 and it was yet another home tie this time against Paisley and Johnstone League side Erskine YFC. This was a kinder draw for Cove as Erskine have been struggling in this season and find themselves second bottom in the Under 15’s Division 1. Cove proved to be too much for Erskine, who had done well to reach this stage of the competition, and secured passage to the Quarter Finals with a 2-0 win.
The Quarter Finals served up an interesting tie against Falkirk FCF who have been having a less than spectacular season in the CSFA Under 13’s League. Cove earned their place in the semi-final with a 3-0 win.
The Celtic BC
The Celtic BC began their journey in round two as well and could not have hoped for a better start to their campaign. A home tie against Finnart BC saw them run out convincing 10-0 winners as they strolled into the next round of the competition.
Next up was another home tie, this time against Preston Athletic YFC and it proved to be another convincing win for a clinical Celtic side. Another 10-0 win was more than enough to see the West Region side into round four.
Advancement through the rounds has proved to be something of a simple matter for The Celtic BC, as their sheer attacking prowess has seemed to get them through their games so far this season. This time it was East Kilbride Caledonian Thistle who were on the receiving end of an in-form Celtic side, who ran out 9-0 winners.
Round five saw The Celtic play what proved to be their only away tie of their cup run when they travelled to face Bathgate Thistle. The travel did not seem to affect the confidence of the away side however and they advanced to the Quarter Finals with a 5-1 win.
Into the last eight and The Celtic BC were given a home draw against the last remaining East Region side in the competition, the Dundee-based Ferry Athletic. Many teams can lose focus once they get t this stage of the competition but Celtic showed their composure by producing another stunning performance to win 7-0.
It certainly looks as though this will definitely be an interesting cup semi-final, with The Celtic BC clearly showing an appetite for scoring goals and Cove BC showing that they are more than cpable of going up against some solid teams and producing results.
If there is one thing that is certain, it is that we are due for an excellent cup semi-final between two excellent teams.