Dad’s pride as brothers set to meet

Robson Sibanda
Robson Sibanda

St Andrews United were once again left twiddling their thumbs last weekend as Mother Nature wreaked havoc amongst the east region juniors fixture List.

This weekend United will be hoping that The Parkk defeats the weather and Phil McGuire’s men can welcome Broughty Athletic for a fourth round Scottish Cup tie.

The close proximity of the two sides adds to the excitement that a cup tie brings, but this one is even more special due to the first competitive meeting of Cupar brothers Barry and Lee Sibanda.

Dad Robson said the encounter had created excitement in Cup.

He said: “Barry and Lee have played together several times but this will be the first time they have come up against each other.

“I am immensely proud to see them both face each other in the Scottish Junior Cup and it appears to have created a bit of a stir in Cupar where the boys live.

“I believe over 50 people are going through to St Andrews for the game.”

As well as the Sibanda brothers’ confrontation, the game provides a return for two United favourites in Kris Brash and Ryan Dignan.

Brash left United back in 2012 to join Broughty but St Andrews United still hold a place in the full backs heart.

He said: “I have a lots of great moments at St Andrews, winning the Fife league going unbeaten for instance, but the best moment was winning the Premier League with a great set of boys.”

Saints boss Phil McGuire is looking at the game positively, although concerned that the impact of the weather has impacted on his side ahead of a difficult game.

“We have had a break of almost four weeks since our fine away win at Dundee Violet,” said the boss.

“In that period we have been working hard on the training pitch and behind the scenes as we look to fine tuning the squad and the personnel to strengthen our push for promotion.”

“It was disappointing that the game away to Arniston was called off as we go into a very difficult Scottish Cup tie at home to Broughty United without having managed any game time since Violet.”