King Cup: Welfare pose final test for University

Whitehill manager Mickey Lawson
Whitehill manager Mickey Lawson
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Edinburgh University manager Dorian Ogunro doesn’t believe the experience of playing Lowland League opposition this term will do his side any favours ahead of their step up next season.

The students will pit their wits against Whitehill Welfare in Sunday’s King Cup final at Pennypit after a 1-0 semi-final victory over Edinburgh City on Wednesday night, with the potential for a second scalp in the space of just four days should they prevail.

However, Ogunro, who will lead the Peffermill club into the Lowland League come August, doesn’t believe his players have been given an insight in what to expect there.

He said: “While one or two of the teams in the Lowland League have improved, I think a lot of the teams have similar squads to what they had in the East of Scotland.

“Next season will be different though because of the carrot of promotion. But our boys have worked hard and we’ve had a good season.

“Knowing what I do about Whitehill and Mickey (Lawson), who is vastly experienced, it will be a big challenge so I’m under no illusions about the game. We’re delighted to get to the final and while we’re going there desperate to win, if we don’t it’s not a big deal, and I genuinely mean that.”

Opponents Whitehill have enjoyed a fruitful 2014 and have the opportunity to complete a cup treble with defeat of the students.

The Rosewell club overcame Spartans in the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup final on penalties in March before conquering SPFL League 2 outfit Berwick Rangers 2-1 in the City Cup showpiece a month later.

Now Lawson is urging his players to finish the inaugural Lowland League season with a trio of accolades for their endeavours.

He said: “Since the turn of the year we’ve played 18, won 15, drawn two and lost one so we can’t argue with that. It’s a funny one because if you’d asked me if I’d rather win three cups or win the league then I’d definitely take the cups as the league doesn’t matter this year.

“A lot of players go through their careers and don’t win any silverware and I don’t think there are too many in our squad who have won two cups in a season with the chance to make that three. We have a lot to play for on Sunday.”