Edinburgh fireworks continue as Derby Day kicks-off 2014

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Spartans welcome Edinburgh City to Ainslie Park on League Cup duty in what will be the 5th meeting between the sides so far this season.

Dougie Samuel’s men have run out narrow winners on each occasion so far in what’s proved to be a highly competitive inaugural Scottish Sun Lowland League season.

A 1-0 defeat for Edinburgh City up at Stirling University on Monday night makes a win vital for Spartans if they are to keep the pressure on the Students for top place in the Qualifying Group, the winner the only side guaranteed to progress into the semi-finals.

As the season races into the business end, Spartans Manager Dougie Samuel is delighted with progress on the treatment table with only Robbie Ross and Jack Beacher out ahead of tomorrow’s tie.

Former Edinburgh City player Gary Cennerazzo, who made the move to Ainslie Park in 2012 is relishing the chance once again to go up against several of his old team-mates.

“It’s a very important game for us if we want to progress and stay in touch with Stirling.  We’ve a great record against City in recent times and they will come to the Academy with no pressure on them.  It will certainly be a tough game and having played them so often this season already, we know what they are capable of and it’s always enjoyable to play these games against your local rivals.

“With last week’s game v Welfare cancelled late on, it feels like ages since we played but we have good preparation and we are ready to start 2014 with a big win.”

Last week’s layoff of course means that Keith McLeod still remains four strikes off the record for goals scored in consecutive games.  His tally of 11 in a row contributing to his Colin Campbell Sports sponsored Player of the Month Award earlier this week, his second gong of the season so far.

Kick-off at the Academy is 3pm and remember you can pick up your Half-Price, Half-Season Ticket at the gate for £20 Adults, £10 Concessions whilst U/15s continue to watch for FREE.

The other Section B clash sees Whitehill Welfare travel to Stirling University.   Mickey Lawson’s men are still to record their first win in the group stages – could they possibly do us a favour and pull off a result on the road?

All with be revealed come 4.45pm as the hunt for silverware gets set to no doubt take more twists and turns than a barrel full of snakes.

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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