Gairdoch United and Dunbeth FC will get the Central Scotland FA League Cup finals underway tonight at Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir, when they both compete for the B League trophy.
Both teams have had decent starts to their 2018/19 campaigns so far and all indictions point to this one being a great final.
Gairdoch United currently sit in seventh place in the CSFA B League, having played six games, winning four, drawing one and losing one to current league leaders, West Park United Gold.
United bowed out of the Scottish Cup in the second round, performing well against a tough LFDA A League side in Milton Rovers, though eventually leaving the competition after a 4-2 defeat. They have performed well in the League Cup as well, winning all but one of their group games, drawing one against West Park United Navy.
Dunbeth have had a very good start to the season and have maintained a 100% record in the B League. Their seven wins from seven games see them occupy second place, just one point behind leaders West Park United Gold, with two games in hand.
A dissapointing Scottish Cup campaign ended with a first round defeat at the hands of CSFA A League side Moorlands FC. A narrow 3-1 defeat to the tem currently sitting in third place in the A League is no embarrassment however, and they have performed spectacularly in the League Cup, with a 100% record in their group and a big win in the semi-final against Clyde FC Community.
Here is each sides route to the final:
Gairdoch were handed a very tough draw in the group stages, having to battle it out with West Park United Navy, Lenzie YC and ES Galaxy. Only top spot would be enough to qualify from the group and reach the semi-finals, making a challenging task even more difficult.
First up was a home tie against West Park United Navy. Navy have performed very well in the B League, currently sitting in third place. A hard-fought 2-2 draw was a great way to start the campaign and a definite confidence booster ahead of their remaining two games in the group.
Next up was a potentially tricky away tie to ES Galaxy. A tough test, but one that United came through with flying colours, securing a 3-0 win and setting them up well for qualification.
Knowing that a win against Lenzie at home would secure a semi-final place, the pressure was on for Gairdoch to perfor. Once again, they passed that test, earning another 3-0 win.
They were made to work for their place in tonight's final. They were given a home tie against Scotland BC Red and needed extra-time to book their place at Ochilview. Eventually coming through 3-1, they are sure to battle hard for their first chance at silverware.
Dunbeth were handed a potentially difficult group, though maybe one they would've expected to qualify from, something they did comfortably. EDFC, Cumbernauld Colts Blue and Hamilton Accies BC provided the opposition.
Up first for Dunbeth was a trip to face EDFC. EDFC have struggled so far this season in the B League and that translated onto the pitch. A 3-0 win for Dunbeth set them on the path for qualification.
Next up was another away tie, this time at the now folded Cumbernauld Colts Blue. Dunbeth were certainly not put off at the prospect of another away tie and left with an impressive 5-1 victory.
With qualification essentially secured, Dunbeth could go into their last game, a home meeting against Hamilton Accies BC, under no pressure. They certainly showed their confidence with a convincing 6-2 win.
Three wins from three in the group set up a semi-final clash against Clyde FC Community. Unbeaten in the league and with a 100% record behind them, they stormed to a big victory to set up their final clash with Gairdoch at Ochilview.
A great match is certainly in store between two teams high on confidence. Gairdoch go into the match knowing they are in for a tough match, but confidence will be high given they have gone toe-to-toe with some good teams already, whilst Dunbeth will be keen to keep their 100% domestic record intact.
Expect a classic at Ochilview!
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