Tayport to welcome some familiar foes

Celebrations after Kevin Milne's opener for Tayport.
Celebrations after Kevin Milne's opener for Tayport.

Tayport will renew their acquaintance with old foes Downfield on Saturday when the Dundee side cross the Tay Bridge for a GA Engineering Cup tie on the Canniepairt.

The pair were major forces in the old Tayside Region when Tayport began their junior odyssey back in the 1990s.

While ’Port went on to great success at national level, Downfield took a couple of backward steps and have never quite made in to the heights of the East Super League.

Tayport’s goal is to return to the top flight this season, while the Spiders are bidding for promotion to the second tier.

Indeed, the Downfield Parkers currently top the North Division table.

Recent meetings between the sides have been low key affairs, in stark contrast to the Scottish Junior Cup quarter-final saga of 1993 which went to three games and was decided by a solitary Dave Reilly goal in a second replay at North End Park.

Incredibly, the initial tie saw a record 2187 fans roll up to the Canniepairt.

Such an attendance is out of the question tomorrow, but the regular members of the ’Port support will be out in force, hoping to see their team chalk up another win and progress to the third round of the inter-regional competition.

The supporters will have been buoyed by last week’s win against Forfar West End.

Manager Dave Baikie was also pleased by the result and the way in which his players rallied, despite being down to ten men.

“It was frustrating as a lot of decisions seemed to go against us,” said Baikie.

“But we showed great character to win against the odds.

“Earlier in the season that probably would have been a game that we would have lost, so I was delighted with our battling qualities.”

The squad, however, looked thin last weekend and Baikie had to include a couple of trialists amongst his substitutes.

The major positive was the return of Stefan Elvin who has been out injured for a few weeks.

Elvin could well be in line for a starting jersey tomorrow for a tie which is due to kick off at 1.45p.m.

If level after ninety minutes, the outcome will be decided by penalty kicks.