HEARTS ON HAMPDEN TRAIL

FRESH from their first ever triumph in the Fife Cup last Friday, Cupar Hearts are this weekend bidding to reach the final of the Soccer World Scottish Amateur Cup.

After a fantastic run to get to this stage, only Pollock Amateurs stand between Hearts and a place in the final at Hampden Park on Sunday, May 27.

Hundreds of local supporters are preparing to travel to Ore Park, Ballingry, for Saturday's semi-final which kicks-off at 2.30 p.m.

A crowd of around 1000 is expected at the match, a tremendous advertisement for amateur football.

Hearts have never won the Scottish Cup in their history, having twice been losing finalists, the last occasion being 50 years ago in 1957.

Manager Austin MacPhee said: "We have a great chance of reaching the final.

"Any team that has got this far has obviously done well, but I think we have a good blend of a compact defence and a creative attack.

"On the day, everyone must do their job in their position.

"Some players you ask to be creative, some you don't. They are equally important though.

"It is key not to get caught up in the occasion and try to play our normal game as this has served us well all season."

Read more in this week's Fife Herald.