Spartans EOS manager Alex Cunningham says his side have nothing to fear heading into tomorrow’s Central Taxis League Cup Final with high-flyers Leith Athletic at St Mark’s Park (2.00pm kick-off).
partans ended Leith’s fantastic nine match unbeaten streak in the Premier League back in November with a 5-3 victory at Ainslie Park, whilst in the latest encounter between the sides, Leith secured a 2-0 victory on Tuesday to move three points clear at the top of the Central Taxis Premier.
Tomorrow is the second match of a three-game series between the two sides, with both set to do battle again next Saturday in the semi-final of The King Cup.
Cunningham has watched Leith on several occasions this term and believes Derek Riddel deserves enormous credit for Leith’s rise to prominence, but knows his side have the players to unsettle the Meadowbank side.
“They’ve had a terrific season,” he said. “Keith Murray has been in fantastic form with all the goals he’s scored and they have consistently got the results they’ve needed to stay at the top”
“But we are optimistic for tomorrow. We have nothing to fear and I think it should be a game played in the right spirit, because both sides have good young enterprising players, said Cunningham.
Like their Lowland League counterparts, Spartans EoS have had to turn their attentions towards the East of Scotland Cup Competitions after an indifferent league campaign which has seen them sitting in mid-table with just two away league wins this season.
“As long as football is the winner tomorrow I don’t think anyone will complain. St Mark’s is a good surface to play on and although our league form has been rather up and down, we know we can cause them problems and hopefully get the right result,” added Cunningham, who will welcome back son Matty to his squad after he featured for the Lowland League side in their midweek draw with Stirling University.
Kyle Boggie and Andy Howat also return to the fold.
Leith Athletic will be looking to secure their second trophy of the season having won the Alex Jack Cup back in November.
They are in pole position for the League title at the moment and also have an Image Printers Cup Final on the horizon to look forward to.
Keith Murray will be looking to add to his 29 goals already this season with Athletic boasting other young starlets in Lewis Tracey, James Hainey and John Ferguson who has made a formidable impression since his transfer from Haddington Athletic in February.
Admission for tomorrow’s match is £5 for adults with £3 concessions. The match will go to extra time and penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.
• Leith Athletic were contacted by the Evening News ahead of tomorrow’s match to comment on the event. However, they declined.