Bluebells in bloom for biggest ever game

SSFF 1114068 bluebell 'L - R: Lee Duffy (Capt), Scott Mayne, Tommy Carr - Dundonald Bluebell players show their defiance before meeting Hurleford Utd in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup - at Astro-Turf pitches, Kirkcaldy HS, Kirkcaldy
SSFF 1114068 bluebell 'L - R: Lee Duffy (Capt), Scott Mayne, Tommy Carr - Dundonald Bluebell players show their defiance before meeting Hurleford Utd in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup - at Astro-Turf pitches, Kirkcaldy HS, Kirkcaldy

Dundonald Bluebell are preparing for the biggest game in the club’s history – their first ever appearance in the Scottish Junior Cup quarter-finals.

The Cardenden side welcome tournament favourites Hurlford United to Moorside Park on Saturday in a match that has captured the imagination of the village.

Over 1000 fans are expected to cheer on the local underdogs, but manager Archie Wyse is under no illusions over the size of the task.

“Put it this way, we’re playing the favourites and we’ll need to turn up,” he told the Press.

“They’ve spent a lot of money on an experienced squad, including players who played in the Premier Leauge last year.

“They are the team everyone is talking about in Ayrshire, but we’ll go in with a game plan and try to make it hard for them.

“We’re major underdogs, but it’s our cup final and we need to make the most of it and not let ourselves down.

“The players take all the plaudits for getting us this far, now they have to go out and enjoy it.”

Hurlford are currently mid-table in the West Superleague Premier Division although they have several games in hand on the teams above them.

They are managed by ex-Raith, Hamilton and Ayr midfielder Darren Henderson, who can boast an expensive squad that includes the likes of ex-Dunfermline and Dundee defender Neil McGregor, and former St Mirren and Stenhousemuir striker Stewart Kean.

Wyse, by contrast, has assembled a young Bluebell side on a limited budget, although talismanic striker Paul McQuade (26) has enjoyed a successful spell in senior football with Cowdenbeath and St Mirren.

Dundonald are currently second in the East Region South Division and challenging to win promotion to the Premier League next season.

Wyse added: “We’re a young side with two or three experienced players, but when you’re up against a team with as much experience as them it becomes difficult.

“All we can do is turn up and give it our best shot - we’ll not be sitting back we’ll give it a go.” Kick-off on Saturday is 2.30 p.m.