Leith Athletic will look to inflict League Cup heartache on opponents Spartans EOS for the second year running when the duo meet at St Mark’s Park on Sunday for this year’s final.
Goals from John Ferguson and Grant Burns secured the trophy for the current league leaders this time last year and manager Derek Riddel is hoping his players can reproduce a similar performance.
“It was Spartans we played in last year’s final, at the same venue, so hopefully it’s the same outcome on Sunday as well,” Riddel said. “We’ve already won the Alex Jack Cup, and still have the King Cup and the league to go for too so we’ve got so much to play for between now and the end of the season. But we were in the same position last year and only ended up winning the Alex Jack and League Cups so we want to go better this time round.
“We’ve had a good season so far so we’re looking forward to it. The guys are deserving of the plaudits they’ve had so far. Spartans have the pick of three teams so it will be interesting to see who they put out.”
Riddel’s opposite number Colin Tomassi accepts his side are underdogs but says it is up to his players to go and grab the headlines.
“To be fair, Leith are clear favourites, they’re playing pretty well just now and sitting top of the league,” he said. “I watched them the other night against Heriot-Watt University and they scored a good few goals so it will be a tough one.
“We had a bad result last weekend and have lost our last three in the league so it’s been a bit difficult trying to get the consistency as we’re chopping and changing the side. But that’s all part and parcel of football and so we’ll just need to give it everything we can.”
Elsewhere, reigning champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will look to close the gap on leaders Leith to 15 points when they travel to bottom club Eyemouth United on Saturday. Raymond Carr’s men will still have three games in hand after this weekend’s matches.
In-form Civil Service Strollers also head south to play hosts Coldstream hoping to build on Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Burntisland Shipyard and, 24 hours prior to Sunday’s League Cup final, Craigroyston welcome Ormiston to St Mark’s Park. Tynecastle and Heriot-Watt University meet at Saughton Enclosure.