Leith Athletic FC vs. Tynecastle FC
Scottish Cup, 2nd Round
Saturday 5th October 2103, 2:00pm
at Leith Links, Leith
Its Scottish Cup weekend for Leith Athletic Under 21's, who tomorrow will host league rivals, Tynecastle FC at Leith Links.
The two sides met earlier in the season at Saughton Park, with the game finishing 1-1 after the 90 minutes. This match is sure to be a close encounter and shouldn't be missed.
When the second round draw was made, out of all the other 31 teams in the draw, it must be fate to be drawn with a team from your own division and especially one the stature of Tynecastle. It wasn't ideal but Tynecastle will be feeling the exact same and getting home advantage by playing at Leith Links, we hope this will be a good thing for us. Steven Vinter at Tynecastle has assembled a good squad this season and will want to be challenging on all fronts. We will need to be wary of how Tynecastle play as we played them 6 weeks ago away in the league and got a deserved 1-1 draw, albeit both teams finishing the game with 10 men, we will need to defend well as players such as Scott Coleman, Dean Crabbe and Louis Swanson will punish us.
Last weeks win vs. Heriot Watt University was a pleasing one as we scored 4 goals and our general all round play was very good. We had a depleted squad in which we were forced to make 2 changes to the team before the match started and it didn't affect our performance, we started the game very well and seen ourselves go 2-0 up early on with goals from Stand in skipper Bobe Boyd and Steven Froude. We had a 10-15 minute spell in the first half where Heriot Watt caused us problems and got a goal back through Steven Wright, the message at half time was to not let our performance drop and to continue playing how we had for majority of the 1st half and we'd create more chances. Further goals from Keith Murray and Liam Smith seen us put the cup tie to bed and we now turn our attention to the Scottish Cup.
I was happy that Keith Murray scored his first goal of the season, you could see his recent goal drought was starting to get to him especially with his team mates winding him up about it in training, his performance along with Ryan Duffys was highlight of last week, Duffy has great energy and work rate and only criticism is that we don't see it consistently enough, he caused Heriot Watt all sorts of problems with his pace and we are hoping he continues this level of performance in the coming weeks.
Training this week has been good, our lads are continuing to get to know each other and are working well at Meadowbank and you can see it's improving our displays on a Saturday. Selection wise, we have Captain Adam Hunter out of the side as he went over on his ankle and will be missing for some considerable time. It's a pleasure to say we welcome back Josh Riddel for the first time this season; Josh has missed the start of the season through work commitments but technically on the ball Josh will give us something different and we are hoping he is involved at some point in the game, we also welcome back Euan Morrice and Todd Smith who missed last weeks game, along with Stephen Baigan, We have a squad of 18 to choose from this weekend so two players are not going to be happy but all we can ask as a coaching team is that players perform well in training and make it hard for us to leave them out. We keep saying that we need a big squad if we want to achieve what we want this season".