Tayport turn focus to the ‘Scottish’

Alan Tulleth - Tayport
Alan Tulleth - Tayport

This season’s Scottish Junior Cup campaign kicks off this weekend, with Tayport facing a tricky away fixture, across the Tay Bridge, against Lochee Harp.

Of course the Scottish Cup has played a major role in the history of both clubs.

Tayport, 25 years in the junior ranks, have annexed the trophy on three occasions, and have been beaten finalists a further three times.

Lochee Harp, established in 1904, have not enjoyed the same level of success, but can proudly boast a final appearance in 1954 when they fell at the final hurdle in their bid to land the Holy Grail.

In the final they were beaten at Hampden Park by Aberdeen Sunnybank.

Harp now play in the third tier of the East Region set-up, a couple of divisions below Tayport.

They have six points from six games, having beaten both Kinnoull and Brechin Vics.

Tayport will start as favourites, but may go into the tie low on confidence after last week’s defeat at Sauchie.

The defeat was a tough one to take for the Canniepairt side who learned on the bus journey back to north east Fife that it had left them bottom of the league.

Alan Tulleth’s late goal was the only consolation that ‘Port had for their efforts on the day.

But attention has now fully turned to the weekend’s fixture and a competition which is a firm favourite with football fans.

Manager Dave Baikie made several changes to his starting eleven last week, with many of the alterations forced upon him.

He will be hoping to soon be in a position to field a more settled line-up and have more options at his disposal.

Interestingly, it will be a second consecutive trip to a venue called Beechwood Park, as both Sauchie and Harp have grounds bearing that name.

Kick-off at the Lochee version will be at 2.30pm tomorrow.

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