Football clubs are all up for the cup

Being able to train again and soon play friendly games is a welcome return for football sides, but nothing can beat a competitive fixture.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 5:29 pm
Fife Thistle's Michael Badu.

Nowhere in the kingdom is the amateur game as strong as it is in north east Fife and Kinross-shire, and our sides are itching to face proper opposition.

That opportunity is scheduled for later in the spring when the inaugural Jon Harrison Memorial Cup is held.

Clubs have been split into sections before the group qualifiers will end the tournament in a series of knock out rounds.

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No official date has been confirmed for the first match, but that isn’t stopping clubs stepping up their preparations to be set for kick-off when it does arrive.

Colin Murray from Fife Thistle said: “The memorial cup itself gives all the clubs in the Kingdom of Fife AFA the chance to get some competitive football under their belt before what is likely to be a short break before the 2021/22 season.

"For us it will be key to building for next season with the aim to make it out of a tough group which consists of Markinch, Balgonie Scotia and Kettle United then hopefully progress through the knockout stages.”

The feeling is mutual at Cupar Hearts who will be one of the fancies to win the competition.

The club said: “After everything that’s gone on, we are glad to be back at all, so having a cup competition is a huge bonus for the squad and something extra for us to keep us going through this difficult period.”