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PREVIEW | Central Region affair as Blantyre SA Gold host Airdrieonians Real BC at Hamilton Accies in Scottish Cup semi-final

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The Hope CBD Stadium, home to Hamilton Academical FC, wil play host to an all Central affair in the semi-finals of the U13's Scottish Youth FA Cup as Lanarkshire Football Development Association side Blantyre SA Gold host Central Scotland Football Association side Airdrieonians Real BC.
 
Both teams are in fine form and have enjoyed a good run in the competition up to this point. Here's hoping that they can put on a terrific match this Sunday.
 
Blantyre are having a good season so far in the LFDA. They are still in contention for the A League title, they currently sit in fifth place, seven points behind EK Burgh United in first and exited the Central Region cup at the quarter final stage, losing 3-2 at home in a closely-contested tie against Milton FC.
 
Airdrieonians have had an equally impressive season after a blip in the quarter-finals of the League Cup against Clarkston Athletic earlier in the season.
 
They also find themselves in title contention this season. They are currently in third place in the CSFA A League, eight points behind leaders ES Galaxy and have a Central Region cup semi-final to look forward to against Scotland BC.
 
Let's now have a look at each sides route to the semis:
 
 
 
Blantyre SA Gold
 
Blantyre had a bye in the first round and went straight into the second, where they were drawn against Larkhall Thistle. It proved to be a straightforward victory for the Lanarkshire side, securing a 5-1 win to advance to round three.
 
An away tie was next up as they came up against Kildrum United. This turned into quite the high-scoring affair, but it was Blantyre who booked their place in the fourth round, winning 5-2.
 
The fourth round saw the Golds book their place in the final 32 with relative ease. They blew away Bervie Caley Youth, putting seven goals past them unanswered.
 
Round five drew up another away tie for Blantyre, this time against Oban Saints. This proved to be a decent test for the LFDA side and one they came through with flying colours, securing a 4-1 triumph.
 
Into the last 16 and another away tie was set up against Sons of Struth. This proved to be Blantyre's biggest test and they had to be at their very best as they secured a 2-0 victory.
 
This set up a quarter-final tie at the CBD Stadium against DDYFA side Monifieth Athletic. The Golds went behind in this game but showed great character to come from behind and book their semi-final place with a 3-1 win.
 
 
 
Airdrieonians Real BC
 
Like their opponents this Sunday, Airdrieonians were given a bye into the second round and were paired up against a strong East End Thistle side. It only took one goal to separate the two on the day and it was Real who ended up getting it.
 
Edinburgh side Bonnyrigg Rose Reds were next up for Real at home. This proved to be a more straightforward tie for the CSFA side and a 4-0 win secured safe passage into round four.
 
Another professional performance was needed to get past Dyce BC Whites. The Aberdeenshire side had travelled a long way to play the tie and were just unable to cope with Airdrieonians quality as they made round five with a 3-0 win.
 
Drumchapel United were next up and it was here that Real really showed their scoring prowess. An outstanding 8-0 win highlighted their cup ambitions as they prepared for the last 16.
 
Round six saw another home tie, this time against Carluke United. This proved to be their biggest test since their triumph over East End Thistle and, just as in the second round, they came through once again with a 2-0 win.
 
The quarter final match drew them up against a strong St Patrick's Sports Academy. It was here that Airdrieonians conceeded their first goal of the competition, but as they have shown in the previous rounds, they had the quality to come back from that set back, booking their semi-final place with a 3-1 win.
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