Edinburgh & Leith two wins away from Scottish Under-25 League Cup

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Sighthill is the host venue for tomorrow’s climax to the Scottish Under-25 League Cup with the cream of the Capital’s developing talent parading their skills under the Edinburgh and Leith banner with Grampian, Stirlingshire, and Galloway and Dumfries also bidding to capture the title.

The opening play at 10am embraces both semi-finals with E&L tackling Galloway & Dumfries, and Stirlingshire tackling Grampian. The final takes to the green at 2pm.

Sunday is also big day in West Lothian with the final of the historic Rosebery Cup (1882) being staged at Harrysmuir (2pm) in Livingston and featuring two big clubs in – Kirkliston and Linlithgow.

Neil Speirs plays Gary Smith; Raymond Logan takes on Gary Orr; Grant Logan faces Graeme Byrne; Calum Logan plays Steven Fleming.

Edinburgh and Leith play a vital role in today’s climax to the section play of The Hamilton Trophy and have home advantage at Parkside as they bid to end a troubled campaign on a high note against an even more fired up West Lothian.

A West Lothian win virtually guarantees them passage into the knockout stage as runners up to out of sight table-toppers Midlothian, however, a win for E&L would let East Lothian slip through on the rails if the garden county beat Midlothian at Rosslyn.

E&L have shaken up last week’s winning team with Steven Pilley, Greg Smith and Ross Byers coming in for Kevin Tennant, Craig Aitken and Robert Donaldson while they face a hungry West Lothian team that makes on change with experienced campaigner Drew Paterson returning in place of emerging talent Jamie Edwards.

The sister and brother act of Gillian and Scott Mackintosh have booked a return passage to the national championships at Ayr Northfield next month with the London Road stars capturing the Mixed Pairs title in District 14.

It looked for a time in the qualifying final that the 2011 national champions were heading for the exit door when trailing 13-9 to experienced and talented Maitland duo Alison McDougall and Alan Trotter – with just two ends to play.

However, the need for a grandstand finish was answered in thrilling style by the LRF partnership in the shape of a 3 to 12 then a 2 to 14 that saw them win by a neck.

The Maitland support will have one of their own to cheer at Ayr with Jim Robertson capturing the District crown in the Seniors Singles, defeating Ian Ramsay

of Leith, 21-12.

Willowbrae captured the honours in the Seniors Fours with Stuart Pendreich skipping Colin Arnott, Ian Paterson and John Blyth to an 11-7 win over Dean.