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PREVIEW | Excitement in Store for SWF Scottish Cup Semi-Finals

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In the middle of March hundreds of teams were harbouring dreams of lifting the coveted SWF Scottish Cup Trophy in November. This weekend we will see the final four compete for that special place at Oriam for the Scottish Cup Final.
In all age groups, the talent and effort on show has been tremendous and everyone competing in Glasgow on Saturday has well and truly earned their place in this stage of the competition.
YFS is happy to be able to provide coverage for what is sure to be an unforgettable day of football. Let’s take a look now at the matches on show this weekend.
Central Girls Legends vs Hamilton Academical U13
In their respective regions, both of these teams have been unstoppable. Central Girls Legends contested the Central League Cup Final against their sister team Central Girls Jaguars, and secured a big win, whilst Hamilton lifted the South West trophy with their triumph over FC Kilmarnock Blues.
These two have proven themselves to be terrific teams and picking between the two is an unenviable task. There is however one thing, if previous semi-finals of the U13s age group are to go by, that these two should be able to deliver. Goals.
The previous match between these two in the Kim Little League saw Accies run out narrow 2-1 winners. Expect another close game at Lesser Hampden.
Central Girls Legends
Prelim Round – FC Kilmarnock (A) – 8-0
1st Round – Falkirk Whites (H) – 9-0
2nd Round – Cove Youth (H) – 5-3
3rd Round – Forfar Farmington (H) – 8-0
Quarter-Final – Giffnock SC (H) – 7-0
Hamilton Academical
Prelim Round – Murieston United (H) – 10-1
1st Round – Hibernian Greens (A) – 9-0
2nd Round – Hearts (A) – 10-2
3rd Round – Drumsagard (A) – 10-1
Quarter Final – Raith Rovers (A) – 2-7
Donside Girls vs Celtic FC U13
Last season Donside Girls U13’s beat a strong Musselburgh Windsor side in last year’s final to capture glory and will be looking to repeat their exploits this time around.
The Aberdeenshire side will also be looking to put their defeat in the final of the North Region Cup last month behind them and give themselves another shot at silverware.
They face a Celtic side riding high after their convincing West Region Cup final victory over St Mirren. A Scottish Cup win would be the icing on the cake in an already successful season for the Hoops, but they will need to be at their best to defeat the reigning champions.
Donside Girls
Prelim Round – Glenburn MW (H) – 3-0
1st Round – Bayside 13’s Braves (A) – 5-0
2nd Round – Falkirk Blues (H) – 9-0
3rd Round – Colony Park (A) – 2-7
Quarter Final – Moray Girls Pink (A) 3-1
Celtic 13’s
Prelim Round – Stenhousemuir (H) – 9-0
1st Round – Cambusdoon (A) – 9-0
2nd Round – Clark Drive (A) – 10-1
3rd Round – Hibernian U13’s (H) – 4-2
Quarter Final – Celtic 12’s (A) – 4-1
Hearts FC vs Rangers U15
Hearts go into this game knowing that they will have to beat last season’s U15 champions in order to book their place at Oriam. The Jambos were beaten semi-finalists in the U15’s Performance League Cup semi-final and will be hoping to go one better as they aim for the crown of Scottish Champions.
Rangers were impressive in last season’s final against Hibernian and will be looking for an equally professional performance this Saturday. They’ve shown good form in this competition so far, having secured their semi-final place with an impressive win over Performance League Cup winners Boroughmuir Thistle.
Hearts FC
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Banchory United (Withdrawn)
3rd Round – Musselburgh Windsor (A) – 4-0
Quarter Finals – Dryburgh Athletic (A) 5-1
Rangers FC
1st Round – Kilwinning (Withdrawn)
2nd Round – Aberdeen FCL Reds (A) – 4-1
3rd Round – FC Kilmarnock Performance (H) 5-4
Quarter Finals – Boroughmuir Thistle (H) 2-0
Lanarkshire Hibs vs Celtic U15
Lanarkshire Hibs will go into this game knowing that it can go either way and that only their best will be enough to book their place in this years’ final. They and Celtic both share a win over each other in this year’s Performance League, but will be confident of their capabilities going into this important game at Toryglen.
Celtic fell out of the competition at this stage to bitter rivals Rangers and know that winning this weekend could potentially set up an Old Firm final. The Hoops lost their last encounter with Hibs, but will be confident of advancing to Oriam.
Lanarkshire Hibs
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Morton (A) 9-0
3rd Round – Bayside (H) 2-0
Quarter Finals – East Fife (A) 2-1
Celtic U15’s
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Boroughmuir Thistle Purples (A) – 8-1
3rd Round – Hibernian (H) – 10-3
Quarter Finals – Glasgow City (A) – 2-1
Aberdeen FCL vs Rangers FC U17
Aberdeen have had an excellent season so far and a Scottish Cup trophy would be the perfect way to round off the season. The Dons are the Performance League Cup champions and currently sit atop the Performance League table.
Rangers have yet to pick up a win over Aberdeen this season and the matches between the two have been extremely close. Anyone watching on Saturday can expect an close encounter and a really good game.
Aberdeen FCL
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Broxburn Athletic (H) – 7-1
Quarter Finals – Dunfermline (A) – 8-0
Rangers FC
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Hamilton Academical (H) – 4-0
Quarter Finals – Murieston United (H) – 11-2
Celtic FC vs Dryburgh Athletic U17
Celtic go into this match on fine form. They have only lost one game in the Performance League so far this season and will certainly fancy their chances on Saturday. However they will have to be at their very best if they hope to beat their opponents this weekend.
Dryburgh Athletic were well beaten in the final of this competition last year by Glasgow City, but gained a measure of revenge by beating City in the third round of this competition. Having already clinched the SWF South East title, they’ll be keen to book another trip to Oriam this year.
Celtic FC
1st Round – BYE
2nd Round – Falkirk FC (H) – 3-0
Quarter Finals – Hibernian (H) – 4-0
Dryburgh Athletic
1st Round – Forfar Farmington (H) – 4-0
2nd Round – Glasgow City (H) – 4-3
Quarter Finals – Hutchison Vale (A) – 3-1
YFS will be filming all semi-finals on Saturday. If you’d like to purchase the full match DVD, follow the link here @ http://youthfootballscotland.co.uk/dvd
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