‘Port face tough Rose cup clash

Kevin Milne celebrates Tayport's winner.
Kevin Milne celebrates Tayport's winner.

The Scottish Junior Cup dominates tomorrow’s fixture card, with 128 teams preparing for second round action in the national competition.

Three time Scottish Cup winners Tayport will be involved in one of the ties of the round, as East Super League outfit Bonnyrigg Rose visit the Canniepairt.

When the sides met last season during ’Port’s relegation campaign, ’Rigg certainly had the upper hand, winning 4-0 in Tayport and edging a closer encounter 3-2 at New Dundas Park.

Bonnyrigg, though, will be favourites to progress and go into the match on the back of a 4-2 league win against Armadale which saw them consolidate their position in the top half of the Super League table.

The Canniepairt men also go into the tie with a win under their belts, having narrowly beaten Broughty Athletic last weekend with a goal from substitute Kevin Milne.

“Bonnyrigg Rose will be a different kettle of fish,” remarked assistant boss Graeme Irons as he looked ahead to the cup tie.

“We’ve won our last two games and kept clean sheets which will give the lads some confidence, but we’ll be the underdogs on Saturday.

“Bonnyrigg have a new manager in David McGlynn and they’ll be out to impress, so it’s going to be a tough match.”

’Port, however, will not be overawed by the prospect of facing Rose.

“Tayport have a proud Scottish cup history,” said Irons.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many years of involvement and we’ve taken on many challenges.

“Hopefully, we can again rise to the occasion and, with a decent crowd behind us, we’ll do our best to get a positive result.

“It’s a match we’re all looking forward to.”

The recent injury crisis seems to have abated, with only Neil Docherty and Matty Adam ruled out of last week’s win at Whitton Park.

Manager Dave Baikie, therefore, will have more options available to him as he attempts to mastermind another famous victory in the Scottish Junior Cup.

Kick-off at the Canniepairt on Saturday is scheduled for 2.30pm.

For up-to-date information please call the Tayport F.C. newsline on 01382 552755.