Battle to be crowned King reaches semi-final stage

Leith Athletic are holders of the King Cup
Leith Athletic are holders of the King Cup
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Leith Athletic have the opportunity to secure their third cup final place of the season when they visit East of Scotland League champions Kelty Hearts in the King Cup semi-final tonight.

Steve Chalmers and Leighton Jones’ men have, however, fallen at the final hurdle in both the Alex Jack and League Cups this term, a 3-0 defeat to Tynecastle in October followed by a 3-2 loss to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale a fortnight ago.

Leith – who were forced to relocate to Peffermill following the closure of Meadowbank Stadium in December for redevelopment – have enjoyed a fine season, though, including a fourth-placed finish in the league.

Chalmers and Jones will be hoping to take another step closer to silverware but appreciate the task they have in trying to topple a club that earned promotion to the Lowland League last week.

In tonight’s other last-four clash, Tynecastle welcome Preston Atheltic to Saughton Enclosure. The Panners finished 12 points clear of their opponents in the league but Tynie will be desperate to add a second trophy to the cabinet.

The winners of tonight’s ties will face each other in next Sunday’s final with kick-off scheduled for 2pm. A venue is yet to be confirmed.