Leith Athletic FC vs. Rosyth Juniors FC
The John Murphy Cup, 2nd Round
Saturday 9th November 2013, 2:30pm
at Meadowbank 3G, Edinburgh
Following last weekends (7-1) win vs. Dalkeith CYP in the quarter final of the Sportsassist South East Region Cup, our Under 21's continue their cup run with Rosyth Juniors the visitors in the 2nd round of the John Murphy Trophy.
Last weeks emphatic win was a perfect way to respond following the previous weeks defeat and elimination from the Scottish Cup. The players responded as we asked them and we found ourselves 4-0 up inside the opening 13 minutes! We then done as most teams do and start to take our foot off the gas and think we can walk the ball into the net, choosing the wrong option and putting ourselves under a little bit of pressure when its not needed. The players get praise when its due and they also get criticism when they deserve it and for the first 25 minutes they were excellent however, the remaining 65 minutes they were sloppy and mentally they switched off underestimating our opponents.
The difference between teams winning trophies come May is the ability to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and take our chances and although we scored 7 goals, we had around another 6-7 chances that we squandered.
This week we face Rosyth in the 2nd round of the John Murphy Trophy. We played Rosyth four weeks ago away and ran out 6-1 winners. Again, the same as last week, we found ourselves a few goals up in the first half and stopped playing. Rosyth looked to have bounced back from that defeat with their own 6-1 win vs. Redhall so it will be a case of not going into the game thinking its going to be a walk over. The pitch that day at Rosyth was small but we won't have such problems this week as it will be the first time the team use Meadowbank as their home venue and personally im looking forward to it.
Training this week has been minimal, as Meadowbank was closed Tuesday due to the annual fireworks display so it has given our players the chance to rest and recover from a few knocks we've picked up in recent weeks. On the selection front we have Shaun Spence and Euan Morrice away for the weekend and Bobe Boyd missing who had to be carried off last Saturday and is now on crutches. This was due to a horrendous challenge which resulted in a Dalkeith player being given a straight red card and we wish Bobe a speedy recovery.
On the plus side we welcomed Josh Riddell back into the side last weekend and we hope; following a physio consultation that Sean MacPherson will play some part in the match for the first time this season. Both are not match fit so getting them some game time in the weeks ahead is a must.
The importance of not talking Rosyth lightly will be the message to players on Saturday. Our players now realise that competition for places is fierce and not only their ability, but attitude will be assessed at training and in matches by the coaching team so it's up to them to go into these situations with a positive attitude. A win on Saturday would see us secure a quarter final home tie vs. Tynecastle. I hope the players seize that chance."