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PREVIEW | West Region vs Central Region as Johnstone Burgh clash with Falkirk FCF Blue in Under 15's SYFA Cup semi-final

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It's West Region vs Central Region in the Under 15's SYFA Cup semi-final as Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League side Johnstone Burgh take on Centrl Scotland FA side Falkirk FCF Blue.
Both sides have had mixed seasons so far. Johnstone Burgh are currently eighth in the PJDYFL Division 1, although it is important to point out that they have only played nine games this season and have seven games in hand over league leaders Giffnock SC.
Burgh still have a couple of cup competitions to challenge in, with the Scottish Cup obviously being one of them, they are also in the fourth round of the West Region Cup, where they will face Mill United White.
Falkirk FCF Blue have had a very good season so far and will be looking to build on that this Sunday. They currently sit in third place in the CSFA A League. Just 10 points behind leaders Milton with five games in hand.
The cup have been a mixed bag for Falkirk this season but has been largely positive. The biggest disappointment came in the League Cup this season as Falkirk failed to get out of the group stage in the cup. Despite this they have reached the semi-finals of the Central Region Cup where they will face Hamilton Accies BC.
Now for a look at both teams' routes to the semis:
Johnstone Burgh
In the first round Burgh were given a potentially challenging tie as they were drawn to take on division rivals Cumbernauld Colts. This is one tie that could have gone either way but Johnstone Burgh showed grit and determination to secure passage into round two with an impressive 6-2 win.
Round two gifted Johnstone Burgh an easier draw on paper as they were given an away tie to Divsion 3 side Milgavie FC. With two divisions separating the two sides it was always going to favour Burgh, and so it proved to be as they returned home with a 7-2 win and a place in round three.
Next up was a very difficult away tie against SERYFA Division 1 side Leith Athletic. Difficult in the sense that Leith Athletic are a side still in with a chance of secuing the Division 1 title. It proved to be a very close game, with Burgh scraping through with a narrow 5-4 win in what was an incredibly tense and exciting match.
Another away tie awaitd burgh in round four as they faced PJDYFL Division 2 side St Cadocs YC. The tie had all the potential in the world t be a giant-killing but Burgh held out t secure  final 16 spot with a 2-0 victory.
A journey to the Central Region was next for Burgh in the round of 16 as they travelled to face CSFA League A side Moorlands FC. A tricky tie for the West Region side but they made it look like nothing of the sort as they returned home with a 5-0 win and  quarter-final place in the bag.
The quarter-finals saw Johnstone travel eastward to face Kennoway United in a very close affair. There was nothing to separate the sides in regulation time and after the match ended 2-2 after extra time, it was up to penalties to produce a semi-finalist. It was Burgh who prevailed, winning the shootout 4-3 to set up a tie against Falkirk FCF Blue.
Falkirk FCF Blue
Falkirk FCF Blue started of their Scottish Cup journey in style with a convincing win over Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers. Wanderers are currently sitting in second place in the Lanarkshire FDA Section A League but Falkirk swept them aside by an impressive 10-1 result.
Into the second round and it was a local affair as they welcomed West Park United. West Park reside in the CSFA B League, one league below Falkirk and that showed in this tie as FCF Blue advanced with a comfortable 5-1 win.
In round three Falkirk welcomed opposition in the East Region in the form of Fife side Glenrothes Strollers. This didn't prove to be as straightforward as their previous games in the tournament, but nonetheless the Central Region side prevailed with a 5-2 triumph.
The round of 32 had drawn Falkirk away from home with a tie in the South East Region against Musselburgh Youngstars. The SERYFA Division 2 side had done well to reach this stage of the competition but this match proved a step too far and Falkirk left 9-2 winners.
The round of 16 produced what was easily the most difficult tie of Falkirk FCF Blue's cup run as they were drawn against SERYA Division 1 leaders Spartans FC Youth Reds. It was truly an entertaining match between two worthy sides, but it was Falkirk who advanced to the quarter-finals, winning the cup classic 5-4.
With the semi-finals looming, Falkirk were given another tough draw, this time away to PJDYFL Division 1 title challengers Barrhead YFC. With confidence high in the Falkirk squad after their triumph in the previous round, they produced a stunning display to head home with a 5-1 win and a semi-final match with Johnstone Burgh
Both teams have worked incredibly hard and have had to overcome some truly exceptional teams to make it this far, and they are both definitely worthy semi-finalists.
This is a tie that I feel is way to close to call. People will look at league positions and previous results and likely place Falkirk FCF Blue as the favourites, but it would be foolish to take Johnstone Burgh lightly. They are a gifted team and highly motivated.
It should be a very close and entertaining affair and Youth Footbll Scotland wishes both sides the best of luck.
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