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Ramsdens Cup Preview – 4th September 2011

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We have an International weekend which means respite for the top leagues from league duty and it’s the same in the SFL. Well at least for most of them. For 8 out of the 30 SFL clubs they will be on Ramsdens Cup Quarter Final duty and there are interesting ties from England to Hamilton for fans to pay some attention to. But who will be in the pot come tea time? Well there is only one tie without a very clear favourite. We could see one or two upsets this weekend!

Hamilton Academical v Greenock Morton

The Accies will go into this game after a 9 man draw against Livingston that sees them looking down on the rest of the division from the top. Kyle Wilkie (injury once again) and new signing Paul Currie (cup tied) will be absent from the squad whilst the two red card victims from last weekend – Mark McLaughlin and Simon Mensing – will be available. Morton have proven to be a surprise package to everyone apart from those who have seen the job Allan Moore has done at Morton. Hard to call though this one is, Billy Reid wouldn’t weep if his team went out whilst Moore may realise that this year might be too early for promotion so silverware would be a happy stop-gap for the fans. I would go for an away win. Possibly after extra time!

Ayr United v Annan Athletic

Recently promoted Ayr United have vowed to send out the kids for this one whilst Annan Athletic are sitting high and atop the Third Division. Ayr may unveil Iain Fisher, Dale Moore, Jonathon Tiffoney, Mark Shankland, Roddy Paterson, Ross Robertson and Gareth Armstrong. Brian Reid may decide to unveil none of them as he goes for glory in the cup Ayr haven’t made the final in since it was the B and Q Cup. Annan will definitely fancy their chances and this could be the one ground where youth will not be enough to stop the advancement of the higher league club. Whilst hardly Arsenal I believe that it’s a home win by a slim margin.

Berwick Rangers v Livingston

Livingston just managed to get a draw against Hamilton’s 9 men last week; the week before they managed 4 past Dundee; and in between out the Communities Cup they went thanks to SPL St Johnstone. Their rollercoaster season should see an evening out at Shieldhill. With an average of 3 goals per competitive games this season, Livingston will fancy their chances of putting more than a few past their lowly opposition. Berwick have lost influential midfielder, Paul Currie, to Hamilton so there is every possibility Gary Bollan will be eagerly awaiting news of the semi final draw after Sunday.

East Fife v Falkirk

John Robertson steered East Fife to a win against SPL Dunfermline. He then watched his side torn apart 6-0 by Dumbarton. A decent performance before a return to league action could be the best hope that East Fife have of surviving the weekend. Stephen Pressley’s Bairns have blown hot and cold again this year though they are beginning to click. This has all the hallmarks of an away win.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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