Following last week's exit from the Scottish Cup at the hands of St. Peters Giffnock North the 21's look to bounce back with an away game to last season's League Champions Tynecastle FC in the 2nd round of the Stuart Brown Memorial Cup at Saughton.
"While I was disappointed with being eliminated from the Scottish Cup, the improvement from the Musselburgh game was there to see, we lost some freak and sloppy goals, we found ourselves in the lead twice in the game but individual errors and 2 wonder strikes meant the dream of lifting the Scottish Cup is put away for another year. The players were disappointed and I don't blame them, as much as St Peters deserve their place in the next round, we will feel slightly aggrieved in that the better team did not necessarily win the game. We still have a lot to play for this season and we now turn our attentions to a domestic cup competition in the hope of bouncing back.
Ourselves and Tynecastle swept the board last season winning 3 trophies each, we played each other 6 times with 1 draw and 3 Leith wins with Tynie winning 2 , I think that shows there is not much between both sides and I fully expect the same this season as will Steven Vinter the Tynecastle Head Coach, there are a lot of similarities in the way both teams play, as both like to try and play football in a positive manner which I think Steven will agree hasn't happened much this season with the opponents both teams have faced. He has match winners all over the park and with home advantage they will be looking to retain the cup they won last season. We under no illusion the task we face on Saturday, the players need to clear their head and raise their game.
On the selection front we continue to have a few absentees, Kevin Hamilton and Callum Mein continue to miss out through injury add both Liam Conaghan and Euan Morrice missing due to being away for the weekend but we still travel to Saughton with 16 players.
Lastly I'd like to wish the players and coaching staff of the 1st team the best of luck for their final on Sunday, a win on Sunday would see Leith Athletic win the Alex Jack Cup for a third consecutive year which is a great achievement!