Jan 13 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Friday
KINNOULL will be engaged on cup business for the next two weeks.
They kick-off tomorrow with a visit from Super League side Musselburgh at Tulloch Park in the second round of the East of Scotland Cup, followed by a trip to West of Scotland side Lanark in the Scottish Cup next Saturday.
They are now Perthshire’s only remaining representative in both those cups and are still involved in the GA Cup.
Kinnoull, while they have only lost one league game and are still unbeaten in cup ties, are not putting away enough of the chances they are creating which must be causing manager Gavin Price concern.
This was very much in evidence in last week’s league game with Lochore which they dominated for long spells and had a host of chances but their failure to capitalise saw the game finish all square at 1–1 which was a travesty as far as they were concerned.
No doubt there has been much emphasis placed on this part of their game at their training sessions.
Gavin expects to have a full squad of 18 available although there’s a doubt about Chris Webster who’s having treatment for a hamstring injury.
Kinnoull’s visitors Musselburgh while they are not doing at all well in the Super League are currently third from the foot of the table and very much relegation candidates at this point in time.
Their cup exploits however are in contrast as they are still involved in the Scottish, East of Scotland and the Fife and Lothian Cups.
Musselburgh were runners-up in last seasons Scottish Cup and this season they are through to round four having accounted for Beith Juniors and the current Super League leaders Hill o’ Beath in the previous rounds.
Musselburgh’s flying wide midfield player Paul Tansey, who had a spell with East Fife, along with strikers Matt King and Kris Renton are the Burgh dangermen. Renton played with Norwich City for a number of seasons.
This has all the makings of a very attractive cup tie.
Jeanfield Swifts take on Kirkcaldy YM at the Riverside Stadium and both teams are desperately keen to finish with the points at stake in this game.
Swifts are currently leading the race for the Central League championship and obviously want to add to their points tally and consolidate their leadership position.
The YM, who had a stint as the leaders earlier in the season, have slipped down the table to fifth place and they really need a win to see them remain as serious contenders in the championship race.
Swifts have shaken off last week’s penalty shoot out defeat from Camelon in the East of Scotland Cup and it certainly hasn’t affected their spirits as they were very high at this week’s training sessions.
Swifts will again be without forward Jon Kelly due to suspension and there’s a doubt about John Anderson who is having treatment for a hamstring injury.
Manager Scott Brown said: “John is likely to have a late fitness test and has a 50/50 chance of getting the all clear. Scott expects to have a squad of 17 or 18.
The YM were also knocked out of the East of Scotland Cup last week, they lost at home to Haddington by 3–2 and they had their recently signed striker Gavin Gray the recipient of a red card which causes him to miss tomorrow’s game along with Chris Burt who like his team mate is suspended and their wide player Craig Smith is unavailable.
Swifts and their guests will be keen to hear how the game between the other two teams involved in the championship race Lochgelly and Dundonald, who play each other at Gardiners Park tomorrow, finishes.
Tomorrow, Bankfoot are at home to Crossgates Primrose.
Bankies played well in their away game against championship chasing Dundonald Bluebell last week and while they lost 1–0 boss Ian Duff felt they were unfortunate not to take something from the game. Back in goal for Bankies in this game was veteran keeper Mike “Chipper” Whyte and he played very well.
The Bankies gaffer expects to have the same squad for this game.
The Primrose are three points and a couple of places behind Bankies in the table and last week they turned in what was their best performance of the season when they held Premier League side Arniston Rangers to a 1–1 draw in the East of Scotland Cup only to loose a mammoth penalty shoot out by 7–6.
One or two of their players picked up knocks in that game but the news from the Primrose camp is that they don’t expect any of them to miss tomorrow’s game.
Luncarty are at home to Rosyth. The Bleachers are desperate to lift themselves off the bottom of the league table and they could probably do so if they can take the three points from tomorrow’s game.
The Bleachers manager Mark Potter expects to have a stronger squad than the one that held championship candidates Lochgelly Albert to a goalless scoreline for 65 minutes before going down 6–0.
Returning are defenders Colin Wilcox, Scott McCabe and striker Andy McCulloch and making his home debut in this game is midfield/defender Jed Fertacz who has been signed from Newburgh.
This week Newburgh are away to Thornton Hibs and manager Alan Cameron is hoping his team will get back into action after quite a lengthy spell of inactivity. He will have a squad of 17 available.
Blairgowrie brought in the new year with a home win against Forfar Albion.
Tomorrow they are at home to Lochee Harp and are looking to make it two wins on the trot and if they do so they will leapfrog over Harp in the league table. Still likely to be out of the Blair squad is their striker David Salisbury who is nursing a back injury.
Blairgowrie’s latest signing Greg McDonald who has joined them from Harp made his debut in last weeks game and now Greg, who was a youth player with Arbroath, could see him compete in his second game for Blair against his former club.
Missing from the squad, which is expected to number 18, will be John Holt jnr due to work commitments.
Coupar Angus are away to Kirrie Thistle and the odds are certainly against them taking their first point or points from this game. Coupar have lost the services of striker Josh Thomson who was on loan from St Andrews.
The Saints have recalled him as they have a hefty injury list. Manager Alan Robson expects to include two trialists in his squad of 17.
FIXTURES for tomorrow (Saturday):
East of Scotland Cup second round – Kinnoull v Musselburgh (penalty shoot out will decide tie if teams level after 90 minutes).
Central League – Jeanfield Swifts v Kirkcaldy YM; Bankfoot Athletic v Crossgates Primrose; Luncarty v Rosyth; Thornton Hibs v Newburgh.
North League – Blairgowrie v Lochee Harp; Kirrie Thistle v Coupar Angus.
All kick offs 1.45pm.