Citylets Scottish Cup - Quarter Final Preview
Grange and Clydesdale meet in the tie of the round as semi-final places are up for grabs in the Scottish Cuptomorrow (Sun).
In a repeat of the 2014 final and last season’s CS Grand Final, the Edinburgh side start favourites to complete a hat-trick of big game wins against the men from the west.
Andrew Brock’s men have moved almost effortlessly through the tournament with comfortable wins over Watsonians and Glenrothes.
However, they know it may be tougher against a Clydesdale side who have been equally impressive in disposing of Dunnikier and Uddingston.
Grange are without Chris Sole but the Titwood men head along the M8 with an old face back in their ranks, Zeeshan Bashir having rejoined Dale following a short spell at Kelburne.
Meanwhile holders Arbroath will take nothing for granted when they make the journey to Torrance House to face an East Kilbride side who completed one of the surprises of the second round by beating Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
That result owed much to the batting prowess of Ross Lyons while another former Scotland man, Moneen Iqbal claimed five wickets.
Lyons, one of the cleanest strikers of a ball in the country, may again be central to EK’s hopes of progressing but Arbroath have no intentions of relinquishing a cup they won for the first time last August.
A final west v east tie sees Greenock host Carlton at Glenpark in a repeat of the 2007 final.
Greenock prevailed on that occasion but times have changed at the Tail ‘o the Bank where the hosts are now a second tier Western Union outfit.
That said, the men from the west were still good enough to beat Carlton in this competition two years ago, albeit on a D/L calculation, while they are pushing hard for a return to the top flight, having lost only once in the league.
One representative of the Western Premier is guaranteed a place in the semi-finals after the draw paired Drumpellier with league leaders Ferguslie.
Ferguslie will be strongly fancied but the Langloan side have already knocked Forfarshire – who then topped the Eastern Premier – out of this season’s competition and are eyeing another scalp.