Seniors: Leith eye another final date

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An all-Edinburgh final in the East of Scotland Alex Jack Cup could become reality this weekend as holders Leith Athletic host Eyemouth United and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale travel to Stirling University in the semi-finals.

Athletic host Eyemouth United and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale travel to Stirling University in the semi-finals.

Premier Division Leith are boosted by the comeback of striker Robbie Mason for the visit of their First Division opponents, while Lewis Martin’s return to the club offers a further fillip to Athletic boss Derek Riddell, who is without Lachlan Thom and Gary Black.

“Lewis is back after a spell abroad and is a great player to have around, and Robbie was in goalscoring form before getting injured early on this season,” explained Riddell.

Riddell is satisfied with his side’s recent showings, despite successive home defeats to Stirling University and Coldstream, but admits Eyemouth, under new manager Mike Galloway, will be an unknown quantity to his side. He said: “With Mike now in charge, you’ll have players desperate for their place in the starting eleven, and I’m sure Mike will bring in some new players to try to build a team for promotion.

“We have played well in large parts in the last two weeks, and home advantage will hopefully count for us tomorrow.”

In the Image Printers Qualifying Cup second round, Ormiston will look to put a recent losing streak behind them when they host Lowland League club Vale of Leithen.

In the Central Taxis Premier Division, Craigroyston and Coldstream – both 3-1 winners last week – will clash at St Mark’s Park, while a University derby between the students of Edinburgh and Stirling takes place at Peffermill. Heriot-Watt, fresh from their first league win of the season last week, host Civil Service Strollers at Riccarton.