Mill United Colts will be out for revenge on Sunday as they look to avenge a group stage defeat to Motherwell Phoenix as the two meet once again, this time at Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir in the Central Scotland FA D League Cup Final.
Phoenix came out on top when the two met back in August with a 3-0 win and will be looking to repeat that feat on Sunday.
Mill United Colts come into the game on good form, winning three of their four games in the group stages and have made a good start to the D League, currently sitting in fourth place.
Colts were narrowly knocked out of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 1-0 defeat away to C League side Larkhall Thistle.
Motherwell Phoenix have had a mixed start to the 2018/19 campaign. a 100% record in the group stages set them up well, though they have had a mixed league campaign, finding themselves in eighth place.
They did well to reach the second round of the Scottish Cup, before they came up against a strong Mill United side and were knocked out of the competition.
Here are each sides route to the final:
Mill United Colts
Mill United Colts were drawn into group two in the League Cup, alongside Strathaven Dynamo Colts, FC Kirkwood, Bargeddie Colts Airdrie and their opponents on Sunday, Motherwell Phoenix.
First up was a home tie against Strathaven Dynamo Colts. United got their cup campaign off to the perfect start with a dominating performance that saw them pick up a double-digit victory.
Next up was an away tie to FC Kirkwood. A closer game in this one but a match that United came through well. A 5-2 triumph made it two wins from two.
Colts suffered their first and only defeat of the tournament to fellow finalists Motherwell Phoenix at home. The away side left with a well earned 3-0 victory.
Qualification for the semi-finals was secured in their final group game. A wonderful 6-0 victory away to Bargeddie Colts Airdrie provided them with a great amount of confidence heading into the semis.
Mill were handed a potentially tricky tie in the semis, with a trip to face Dunbeth Black. The journey did not appear to affect United however and booked their place in the final by virtue of a 6-1 victory in Coatbridge.
First up for Phoenix was a trip to face Strathaven Dynamo Colts. Much like their fellow finalists, Motherwell secured a very impressive double-digits victory, blowing Strathaven away with their attacking play.
Just three days later, they were back out again to face FC Kirkwood. Showing no sign of fatigue, they powered past them, putting in a terrific performance to win 8-1.
Two days after that, they were in action once again, this time hosting Bargeddie Colts Airdrie. Many teams would have buckled playing so many games with little time to rest, however Phoenix showed their endurance, putting six past Bargeddie and keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Finally, a trip to face Mill United Colts. A 3-0 win secured top spot and a 100% record in the competition.
Kildrum United were the only team standing in the way of Motherwell Phoenix and a place at Ochilview. A professional performance and a 3-0 triumph set up their date with destiny on Sunday.
On paper, if you look solely at the league standings, Mill United Colts would be considered favourites. On top of that they will be keen to grasp their opportunity at revenge for their loss to Phoenix in the group stages. However, Motherwell Phoenix are a better team than their league position shows and have demonstrated their ability to go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the CSFA D League.
Both will surely enjoy their cup final day and should put on a terrific show for the spectators.
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