Spartans EOS manager Alex Cunningham believes Peebles Rovers are rightly being tipped as favourites for tomorrow’s King Cup final at Marine Drive (3.00pm).
John O’Hara’s side comfortably wrapped up the Central Taxis First Division title this term with just two defeats all season and a total points haul of 70.
Spartans were runners-up to Leith last month in the League Cup final, while Peebles suffered heartache against the same opponents in the Alex Jack final back in November. Cunningham believes the pain of those defeats could spur both sides onto victory in tomorrow’s final match of the East of Scotland League calendar.
“It’s going to be an extremely difficult game for both sides.” said Cunningham.
“They’ve been scoring freely in the First Division and John has got a well-balanced team there that will cause a lot of teams problems in the Premier Division next season. They probably go in tomorrow as favourites, in all honesty.
“But our players will be up for it. They’ve played in a cup final already this season and know how to handle the occasion.
“The downside for us is we haven’t played competitively since the Easthouses game three weeks ago. We had a bounce game last weekend but we have to go out there and enjoy ourselves because it’s our last game and we want to go out on a high.”
Matthew Cunningham – son of Alex – will play his last match for the club tomorrow before moving to Whitehill Welfare while Kyle Boggie is an injury doubt.
Peebles manager O’Hara, meanwhile, believes it is great for his side to be competing in another final.
“The experience we have added to the side has been invaluable in helping us to win the First Division this season,” said O’Hara.
“We brought in Jim Young and Daniel McAleavy from Vale of Leithen and they have been fantastic for us at the back all season, a big factor in us winning the league by 14 points.”
“Tomorrow will be a great occasion for us. We could end the season with two trophies which nobody could have imagined at the start.”
Peebles knocked out league champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Craigroyston en route to the final while Spartans were convincing 4-0 winners over Leith Athletic in the semi-final last month.
The match will go to extra time and penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.
Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.