Three of the four quarter finals are played over the international weekend with the first semi finals in a national competition up for grabs. The last semi final between holders Queen of the South and rangers will happen on Tuesday night so the 6 quarter finalists will have a free weekend with all the national media being focussed on them… wont they…?
Annan Athletic v Formartine United
Even Jim Chapman has declared this tie too close to call. Formartine got the best draw they could get if they wanted to progress and must hope they can go one better and perhaps a tie at Ibrox in the semis? Steve Paterson’s side travels with no Stuart Soane or Mark Smith as they play a competitive game on an artificial surface for the very first time. Annan have already taken out Stranraer and Morton but this is a very different tie as they are not the underdogs. Stephen Black will not make it whilst there are doubts over Alex Mitchell, Steven Swinglehurst and Chris Jardine. I seriously would not be surprised by any result in this.
Raith Rovers v Falkirk
Greig Spence returns for the home side whilst Dougie Hill is out and Grant Murray will be prepared for a fixture that could go beyond 90 minutes. Falkirk were thankful they dint see any English bids for their young crop of players so will have a steeled squad including on loan from Wigan Rakish Bingham and Jonny Flynn is back. Another very hard tie to call and i can see this being settled by a single goal.
Should be straightforward…
Dundee v Stenhousemuir
Famous last words… Dundee finally got some results last week in the league that was commensurate with their efforts but have Stephen O’Donnell missing whilst Jamie Reid, Steven Dorris and Nicky Riley might not make it. The Warriors travel without Eddie Malone, Ross Smith or Bryan Hodge available. I think Dundee should make the semi finals at least.