Campsie Black Watch vs. Leith Athletic FC
The Scottish Cup, 3rd Round
Saturday 226th October 2013, 2:00pm
Saturday see's Leith Athletic's Under 21's travel to Lennoxtown to take on last seasons Scottish Cup winners and finalists for the last three seasons, Campsie Black Watch (pictured right, with last year's trophy). Campsie recently celebrated their 70th Anniversary and boast numerous records in the West of Scotland U21's League which shows the stature of club we are facing at the weekend.
It's only been 3 weeks since we beat Tynecastle in the last round where our players were excellent that day and they continued that form the week after beating Rosyth 6-1 in the South East Region Cup. We seen ourselves take a 4-0 lead in the 1st 35 minutes through Liam, Keith, Steven and Connor. We decided to take a few players off and give others a chance and although we conceded, we scored another 2 goals courtesy of Stephen Baigan.
Training this week has been intense but we have tried to be relaxed with the odd joke with regards to Bryan mentioning his "2009 final win vs this weeks opponents". As we try to prepare our guys for Campsie, the players have taken onboard what we've told them and I hope we can transfer that attitude and concentration in to the game itself,.
Selection wise we have Adam Hunter and Matthew Watson who miss out through long term injuries, We welcomed back Sean MacPherson to training last week, 'Macca' is a quality player who is very attack minded and he will be an asset to the squad, this game has probably came too soon for him and won't be risked. We still travel to Campsie with 18 players and although we will have a few unhappy about not being able to take part, this is the first cup game we have in the next 3 weeks so everyone has a part to play in the team in the coming weeks.
We managed to watch Campsie on two different occasions, we sent Bryan to watch them two weeks ago and Graham and I travelled through to Glasgow last Saturday, so we know what stands in our way, there's no doubt that to majority of people, we are the underdogs in this fixture. Preparation wise, the team know what is expected of them and we can't afford to be naive in terms of our opponents, you can tell from training and speaking to them that it means a lot to them and the confidence they have gathered in the last few weeks is good to see and as a coaching team we are proud of every one of them, The Scottish Cup is a big deal in juvenile football and for the majority (if not all) this will be our last chance to challenge for the Scottish Cup at this level, I know these players will give their all!"