Saints head to west Fife as Scottish Cup kicks off

St Andrews United v Musselburgh
St Andrews United v Musselburgh

This weekend sees St Andrews United set sail on another voyage in pursuit of The Scottish Junior Cup.

Last season’s foray ended with defeat to Pollok after home wins against St Rochs and Broughty Athletic after an initial road trip north to Buckie Rovers.

Its certainly not a unknown opponent on Saturday as Saints take on fellow Fife club Oakley United at Barnetts Park.

The west Fife side sit mid table in the East Premier League and will be far from a push over.

A St Andrews United spokesman told The Citizen: “It’s not the ideal draw to be honest but at this stage you are just glad to be at home and not faced with a long trip north or south.

“When you look at some of the ties like Sauchie going to Nairn to play Inverness City, Kennoway going to Fochabers or Glenrothes facing a trip to Elgin, we have to be pleased we are at home.

“We had one of those trips last season to Buckie and it was a long day.

“Oakley will be stiff opponents, they held us 1-1 at home at the end of last season as we were pushing for promotion, so the manager will be taking nothing for granted.”

United are likely to give a debut to new signing Lewis Elder.

The Kirkcaldy born striker was signed at the end of last week from Dundonald Bluebell but it was decided it was a bit early to throw him in against Musselburgh.

Kick off on Saturday at Barnetts Park is 2.30p.m.