This Sunday sees the second semi-final of the Under 13's Scottish Cup as SERYFA side Hutchison Vale take on LFDA outfit Grassroots Development Coaching for a place in the final to play Cove Youth FC.
Cove Youth booked their place in the final last Sunday with an impressive 3-1 victory against The Celtic Boys Club and will be eagerly anticipating the result of this clash to see who they will face in the final.
Hutchison Vale come into the tie in high spirits. The Edinburgh side currently sit in second place in the SERYFA Under 13's Division 1 table, just six points behind top side Lasswade Thistle, but crucially have two games in hand.
They have also performed well in their local cup competitions. They are in the semi-finals of the Lothian Buses Cup and the Stewart Brien Cup and they also have a final to look forward to regardless of this Sunday's result, in the South East Region Cup where they will play Lasswade Thistle.
Grassrots Development Coaching have performed well above expectations in this tournament so far. The LFDA Section B side currently sit third in their league table, just nine points behind league leaders Strathavan Dynamo, but with a whopping six games in hand to catch up on.
Their cup form hasn't been too shabby either. Grassroots still find themselves in the quarter-finals of the LFDA Cup where they will play Drumsagard and they are also in the semi-finals of the Central Region Cup to play Scotland BC Purple.
Let's now take a look into each sides route to the semi's:
Vale began their journey in the second round of the tournament with an away tie at Loanhead Miners. Loanhead currently sit in third place in the SERYFA Division 3 and look on course to secure promotion to Division 2, but were outclassed by a very strong Hutchison Vale side, who ran out 10-0 winners.
An away tie to the East Region was next for Hutchison Vale as they travelled to take on AM Soccer Club. It proved to be another convincing win for the Edinburgh side, who triumphed with a 10-1 scoreline.
Into round four and a potentially tougher tie for Vale as they took on GDYFL Division 1 leaders Knightswood FC. The West Region side have only lost one league game this season nd have proven to be a very difficult team to beat. Hutchison Vale proved too strong however and they advanced to the round of 16 with a fantastic 8-1 victory.
Round five drew up another home tie for Vale as they welcomed Central Scotland FA side Stenhousemuir BC. The Central Region side were up against it in this tie and that became clear with this game as Vale secured a place in the quarter-finals with a 7-1 win.
Into the Round of 16 and it was a home tie against Central Region side Eddlewood BC. This was an incredibly close tie and the visitors could easily have sneaked the win but Hutchison Vale showed character to advance to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.
Next up in the quarter-finals was a trip to Johnstone Burgh, who proved to be Hutchison Vale's toughest opponents of the tournament, as is probably expected when teams reach this stage of the competition. Burgh fought extremely hard, but ultimately it wasn't to be and Vale ran out 2-0 winners and Scottish Cup semi-finalists.
Grassroots Development Coaching
Grassroots Development Coaching, like their semi-final opponenets, began their Scottish Cup journey in round two with an away tie to Broomhill Sports Club. Things got off to the perfect start for Grassroots as they advanced into the third round.
Grassroots were afforded the luxury of a bye into round four f the competition where they were given a home draw against Morton Community. The Central side put on a real show here and made their way into round five with a 5-1 win.
The games were only getting tougher from this stage on and that was proven with Grassroots' round five opponents Portobello CSA at home. A potentially difficult tie, but one that the home side came through with a 3-1 victory.
Into the round of 16 and next up was another home tie, this time against Oban Saints. Saints had performed exceptionally well to get to this stage of the competition and will view the fact that they made it that far as a success, but this is where their journey would end as Grassroots turned on the style to produce an 8-1 victory.
Grassroots' toughest opponents to date came in the form of Kerse United. Sitting in second place in the CSFA Division 1 table, Grassroots really had their work cut out for them if they were to advance into the semi-finals. Hwever, once again, they showed their quality and booked their tie against Hutchison Vale with an impressive 2-1 triumph.
Both of these sides will go into this game on Sunday with all the belief in the world that they can set up their cup final date with Cove Youth FC.
Hutchison Vale are a club with a great reputation in the youth game in Scotland and have performed extremely well to get to this stage. Grassroots Development Coaching have played some wonderful football to get to this stage as well and will be looking to collect their biggest scalp to date on Sunday.
This is certainly shaping up to be a very interesting cup semi-final and we wish both sides the best of luck.