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PREVIEW | Glenvale and Hillwood face-off to set up Cup final clash against Spartans FC Youth

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Spartans FC Youth booked their place in the Scottish Cup Final and now, this Sunday, we will find out who will join them, Glenvale AFC or Hillwood BC, two sides who are very familiar with each other and even play in the same league.
 
Spartans earned their place after a 3-2 win over Harmony Row on the 11th March in what was truly a scintillating match and one would hope that we would get the same heart-stopping action on Sunday.
 
Glenvale come into this match on top form. They currenty sit at the summit of the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League and have a nine point league at the top as they look to seal up the division title.
 
They have also performed well in their cup competitions as well. They are currently looking forward to another semi-final in the Renfrewshire Cup where they will play the winner of the quarter final tie betweeen Carolside Sports Club and Giffnock Sports Club.
 
Hillwood on the other hand have had a very hot and cold season so far. They have performed exceptionally well in the Scottish Cup to get to this stage but find themselves in ninth place in the PJDYFL Division 1 table.
 
They have not fared particularly well in their other cup competition this season, and were knocked out of the Renfrewshire Cup by East Kilbride Blues. The two sides have met once already in the league, with Glenvale emerging the winners by a 3-0 scoreline.
 
Let's have a look at each side's route to the final:
 
 
 
Glenvale AFC
 
Glenvale began their journey in round one against PJDYFL Division 3 side St Mirren BC Athletic. It was always going to be a large ask for St Mirren to trouble a team of Glenvale's quality and so it proved to be as Vale ran out 9-0 winners.
 
Into round two and next up was a very tough tie for Glenvale as they were given an away trip to PFD United. PFD have been Glenvale's nearest chllengers for the Division 1 title and they would perhaps not have been top pleased to see them this early in the competition. Vale had to put in an outstanding performance to beat their title challengers 2-0 to advance to round three.
 
Next up for Glenvale was a favourable draw at home to ADJFA side Westdyke CC. Westdyke have struggled somewhat in the ADJFA and find themselves second bottom of League A. Glenvale used their superiority to their advantage and stormed through to the fourth round as 10-1 winners.
 
In round four Vale travelled westward as they face Toryglen-based club, The Charlie Millar Football Academy. The academy performed very well on the day but were unable to get the better of their in-form opponents as Glenvale triumphed 3-1 to advance to the round of 16.
 
The round of 16 drew up an away tie to Jerviston as the competition started to get extremely heated. It was another tough game for Vale but they showed their quality and emerged 2-0 winners.
 
Glenvale were into the last eight and a potentially tricky tie against the struggling, but dangerous, Tynecastle FC was all that was standing between them and a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final. It was a very close game but once again Glenvale showed the grit and determination needed to scrape through with a 1-0 win.
 
 
 
 
Hillwood BC
 
Hillwood started their quest for Scottish Cup glory in the first round with a home match against Broomhill Sports Club. It proved to be a comfortable beginning to their journey as they secured a professional 4-1 win to advance to round two.
 
Round two saw them faced up against Central Region side Baljaffray FC Unted. It was another fairly comfortable passage into the next round for Hillwood as they proved to be too good for their opponents, making round three with a 5-1 win.
 
The third round had Hillwood face up against South West Region side Valspar FC. The fact that this was an away tie made this a lot more difficult for the PJDYFL outfit but Hillwood remained strong and left with an impressive 2-0 win and a place in the fourth round.
 
The round of 32 saw Hillwood given a favourable draw at home to Fraserburgh Link-up. The fact that they did not have to make the long trek north, but that did not mean they weren't in for a difficult time and the home side had to work hard and overcome them, eventually by a 2-1 scoreline.
 
In the final 16 they were given another home tie, this time against SERYFA Division 1 side Musselburgh Windsor. Windsor currently sit mid-table in Division 1 and were playing well to reach this late stage in the competition. Hillwood BC made their way into the quarter-finals with another 2-1 win.
 
The quarter-finals served up an all Central Region clash against Mill United. It was another victory for Hillwood in the end and it was another tightly contested game, with the PJDYFL scraping through 2-1 again.
 
 
 
On paper this looks to be a very straightforward tie to call. Glenvale have already triumphed over Hillwood once this season and they are in a commanding position at the top of the PJDYFL Division 1 table.
 
Matches however are not won on paper and Hillwod will no doubt be itching to get revenge for that defeat earlier in the season. And what better way to exct your revenge thanby knocking your league rivals out of the Scottish Cup.
 
It will certainly be interesting to see wht kind of result this fixture throws up and we at Youth Football Scotland wish luck to all involved this Sunday.
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