Scottish Cup offers a break from league duty

Early Tayport pressure can't provide a goal. Picture by R Nicoll.
Early Tayport pressure can't provide a goal. Picture by R Nicoll.

Tayport will get some respite from Super League action tomorrow afternoon when the Scottish Junior Cup takes centre stage on the fixture card.

Tayport are scheduled to travel north to face Parkvale, in Portlethen.

‘Vale currently play in Division One East of the North Region set-up, effectively the second tier.

They have made a positive start to their league campaign and are unbeaten, sitting fifth place in the table.

’Port go into the match on a run of five defeats in six games, with the only success being a Scottish Cup first round win at Lochee Harp.

Last Saturday saw Tayport lose by three goals against Bonnyrigg Rose, but, in the absence of manager Dave Baikie, coach Gus Malone praised the team’s attitude.

“I’m disappointed with the result, but we couldn’t have asked for any more effort from the players,” said Malone.

“They all gave 100 per cent and we contained Bonnyrigg very well for the first half hour.

“We had a couple of opportunities during that spell as well, but just didn’t get the break of the ball.

“It’s difficult to sustain that for the whole match and when Bonnyrigg scored, they got a lift and started playing with more confidence.

“We’ll keep working away though and now look forward to our Scottish Cup tie at Parkvale.”

The sides have met once before, on inter-regional cup business, with ’Port winning 5-1.

Kick-off at Findon Park is scheduled for 2.30p.m.