JOHN-ROSS KERR is confident Whitehill Welfare can land silverware this season as they prepare to take on Edusport Academy in the South Challenge Cup at Ferguson Park tomorrow.
Despite being the first round in name, tomorrow’s tie is effectively a quarter-final, with Dalbeattie Star or Civil Service Strollers awaiting the winners in the last four of a competition that Welfare won in 2013.
Whitehill are still in the Image Printers Cup and will battle it out with Edinburgh City and BSC Glasgow to qualify from their League Cup section. Kerr knows that the cups represent his team’s best chance of a trophy this season.
“Hopefully we can get a good wee run in this cup,” he said. “It’s a quarter-final so reaching the final is definitely achievable and if you get that far then anything can happen.
“I’d like to go on and win it with Whitehill – I’ve never won it myself so to get it in the trophy cabinet would be great. It’s probably wrong to say it but it’s only a matter of time before Edinburgh City win the league.
“They’ve had a great season and probably deserve to win it. I think our best chances of a trophy will be to win a cup, although again it’s maybe a bit early to say that.”
Without being dismissive, Kerr admits he doesn’t know a great deal about tomorrow’s opponents. Playing in the South of Scotland League, Edusport Academy provides foreign players with a platform to play in Scotland whilst studying. Kerr likened the set-up to what Selkirk have done at Lowland League level.
“I personally don’t know much about them although a couple of the boys were talking about them at training last week,” he said. “They’re a new team in the South League and it sounds similar to what Selkirk have done maybe with their French players there. I don’t want to sound too disrespectful by not knowing much about them although we’ve found out a bit more at training this week. The French guys at Selkirk were good players so I’m expecting a similar standard.
“It’ll maybe be a bit of a different style and I’m sure they’ll have a few good players who’ll maybe want to show off some tricks and things. It should be a good match.”
Kerr scored a double in last week’s 4-2 win at Preston Athletic. The midfielder is hoping his side can continue to display the character and desire evident at the Pennypit.
“I’d like to have a good performance myself but the most important thing is that the team win,” he said. “I was happy to get the two goals last week and would have liked to have got a third but I think me going off was a good sub in the end because I was tiring. I can’t really complain.
“Quite often this season we’ve lost early goals and sometimes it’s needed something like that to give us a wee kick up the bum to get us going.
“It’s not a good way to start a game so hopefully on Saturday we’ll be a bit more fired up and a bit more switched on from the start. We’d like to show the same character we did last Saturday as the team played pretty well with ten men. Going 1-0 down, you fear the worst but we did well.”
Edinburgh City, meanwhile, left East Kilbride with all three points in the Lowland League last Saturday and will be aiming for a repeat performance when they return tomorrow with a South Challenge Cup semi-final spot in their sights.
Nico Gibson’s second-half strike at K-Park last weekend – his fifth in four games – moved Gary Jardine’s team a step closer to the title and the Meadowbank outfit will be keen to maintain their bid for silverware on more than one front.