After two consecutive quarter final appearances for the 19s in the premier cup competition in Scotland, the players and coaching staff will look to this years tournament as the one that could eventually see the 11 year gap since their last final appearance be overcome.
Not since season 2001-2002 have an Ayr United side reached the final of the Youth cup, losing that day to Rangers 4-2 at New Douglas Park.
The irony of this weekend’s meeting with East Fife hasn’t been lost on the two teams involved after last weeks league proceedings had to be stopped after a player from each side left the field with leg breaks. Although the furthest things from their minds when the incidents
occured, both players will be sickened at missing out on this important Scottish Cup match.
The cup format changed slightly this season as the SPL sides under 19 league made way for an under 20 league setup meaning that the SFL clubs have a harder task to progress as they take on not only teams that are classed as better teams, but the age change also means the lower league sides are taking on teams with older players. This change didn’t stop the Fifers defeating Motherwell in the previous round though and the result came as a shock to many of the watchers who expected an easy passage for the SPL club.
East Fife have struggled in their league outings so far this season with only the one point gathered from five games played so perhaps they are saving their best for the cup competition;Ayr will be hoping otherwise come Sunday.
A victory for the home side on home soil will do wonders for the players as they continue on their annual Scottish Cup adventure with the hope of not only breaking that 11 year wait for a cup final appearance but also the belief that they could perhaps bring home the cup for the first ever time.
Kick off is 1pm at Somerset Park on Sunday 21st October with free entry for all.