Well the second half of the semis are upon us and both throw up interesting ties.
Ayr United versus Forfar Athletic
After losing 4 -1 Forfar Athletic may well, as has been suggested by Ian Campbell be sending down the kids as they blew it at home on Wednesday but the Honest Men will treat this as simple mind games. The only doubt for Ayr is the fitness of defender Jonathon Tiffoney who had to come off in the first leg with a leg knock. Brian Reid will be looking for a professional job at the weekend after their win saw them installed as the bookie’s favourites to go úp. The loons certainly look like they are out the game but they can hope with an early goal to attack, attack, attack and who knows? To add to their worries their on loan goalkeeper, Scott Gallacher, is out with a thigh strain defender David Mowatt is out and winger Ryan Dow is doubtful!
Cowdenbeath versus Brechin City
The likelihood of Brechin making the final looked decidedly unlikely when they went 2-0 down at home but the recovery to draw 2-2 gives Jim Weir’s side hope. With their only doubt looking like midfielder Charlie King, Brechin can feel confident that they can make a decent fist of it. The one thing we do know is that Brechin’s run in to the end of season was frantic and they have to recapture the fighting spirit that saw them claw back into the play offs and not end up resuming such a horrible run in. Jimmy Nic’s Cowdenbeath may see the return of veteran midfielder, Colin Cameron, from injury but their recovery room looks like emergency ward ten as Bob Malcolm, Joe Mbu, Richie Vauls and Dene Droudge won’t be in the squad whilst Ludovic Roy is struggling having come off injured in the first leg.