Feb 1 2013 by Andrew Welsh, Perthshire Advertiser
Two Scottish Cup fourth round ties take top billing in Perth tomorrow.
They are very attractive ties with a place in the last 16 of the cup awaiting the winners. The only disappointing aspect is that both will be in opposition to each other, while the rest of the fixtures are in the respective league competitions.
At least the prospects of the games going ahead were much brighter by yesterday.
The Kinnoull tie with the West of Scotland side Kilsyth Rangers at Tulloch Park should go ahead after two previous postponements. Kinnoull have already accounted for Carluke and East Kilbride in the two previous rounds and a win tomorrow would complete a hat trick of West Region scalps in the Scottish.
The home side have kept their players in trim for this game with extra training sessions.
They had hoped to augment those with a couple of friendlies to be played on astro turf pitches but even they had to be called off as they also fell victim to the adverse weather.
Manager Gavin Price has two players being treated for injuries.
They are Sean Fleming and Chris Dodd. However, he is optimistic that they will get the all clear to join the squad. Neil Gardiner misses out as he is on holiday – Gavin expects his squad to number 16 or 17.
Kilsyth Rangers play in their Region’s Super League First Division which is comparable to the East Region’s Premier League.
They are in the lower half of the league table at present. In the two previous rounds of the Scottish they have ousted Irvine Vics at home and Kirrie Thistle away. Kilsyth are former Scottish Cup winners.
Jeanfield were originally drawn away from home against Montrose Roselea. This tie went on as scheduled a couple of weeks ago at Broomfield Park and ended all square. Now they get a second bite of the cherry.
Swifts also have two West Region scalps to their credit.
Having ousted St Rochs and Port Glasgow in rounds one and two they followed this up with an outstanding away win against Super League side St Andrews in round three.
Given their record at the Riverside Stadium it’s no surprise they are quoted as firm favourites to win this fourth round replay.
Swifts boss Scott Brown has Stuart Nicol and Steve McManus back in his squad which will number 17.
Nicol has returned after a short loan spell with Bankfoot while McManus has been working away from home. Both have been back training and only Tony Holt misses out.
Roselea are one of the North League’s top sides but have been dogged by inconsistency this season and their results have been up and down.
They have however been going well in the Scottish, having dismissed Royal Albert away from home and followed this up with a third round home win against Maryhill.
Their toughest test so far has been their clash with the Swifts. They had a very creditable draw on their home patch to earn them this replay and they expect to have the same squad that did duty in that game for this Riverside Stadium clash.
Scone Thistle entertain championship chasing Kirkcaldy YM. And the Thistle will have to buck the odds to get a favourable result from this game. It won’t be the first time they have done so this season.
Unfortunately they will still be without defender Willie Laing and their striker Jordan Brown, who are sidelined due to suspensions. Player/manager Derek Keir expects to have a squad of 16.
Bankfoot and Luncarty are both down in the Kingdom chasing points. Bankies are guests of Thornton Hibs while the Bleachers take on Newburgh at their East Shore Park.
Bankies will be without their recent signing Gary Campbell and Donald McDonald for this game, Gary is unavailable due to business commitments while Donald McDonald is nursing a fractured nose. Manager Eric Fleming expects to travel with a sizeable squad.
Luncarty boss Andy Healy hasn’t named his squad for the game at Newburgh.
Blairgowrie are away to Arbroath Vics in the North League. Blair are ahead of the Vics by four points in the table from a game more played so there’s not a lot between them.
Both are still in contention in the race for league honours so the points from tomorrow’s game are very much wanted by both.
Blair striker Andy Murison has a knee injury which has been responding to treatment and he may have a late test. Manager Billy Mackay reckons his squad will number 16 or 17.
Coupar Angus are anchored at the foot of the league table still without a point.
They are at home to Forfar Albion who are just a step above them in the league table and manager Peter Ryder has a squad of 17 available. He is quietly confident that they will get their first points on board from this game.
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Emirates Scottish Cup fourth round Kinnoull v Kilsyth Rangers; Fourth round replay Jeanfield Swifts v Montrose Roselea. Kick-offs 2pm.
Central League: Scone Thistle v Kirkcaldy YM, Thornton Hibs v Bankfoot Athletic, Newburgh v Luncarty.
North League: Arbroath Vics v Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus v Forfar Albion. All 1.45pm kick-offs.