C’mon the Hares - Kirkintilloch side in Scottish Cup Final

Cup winners . . . Harerstanes Amateurs
Cup winners . . . Harerstanes Amateurs

Harestanes Amateurs are hoping to lift the Scottish Amateur Cup for the third time in their history when they face Edinburgh side Craigshill Thistle at Rugby Park tomorrow, Sunday.

The Kirkintilloch side won on both their previous final appearances in 2002 and 2003 and would love to make it a hat-trick at Kilmarnock.

While Harestanes are still battling for the league title, the Scottish Cup is recognised as the blue riband of the Scottish amateur game.

Club secretary Ian Colston said: “To my mind the Central Scottish League has to be one of the hardest divisions to win in amateur football.

“If you look at the teams getting to quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and beyond over the last 12 to 15 years Central Scottish teams have been pretty dominant.

“But the Scottish Cup is the pinnacle of the amateur game and that’s the one all the boys want to win at the start of the season.

“The team of 2002 and 2003 was amazing and went 23 games unbeaten in the Scottish Cup so to emulate them and win the cup again would be fantastic.”

Harestanes have got to the final the hard way, having been drawn away from home in every round except the quarter-finals - and even then they had to travel down to Ayrshire to beat Glenburn in a replay after being held at home in the first match.

Key men for Harestanes are likely to include skipper and central defender Michael Oliver and utility man Jamie Broadfoot, both Scotland internationals, while Mark Fitzsimmons will be a danger to Craigshill after netting a remarkable 40-plus goals this season from central midfield.

Ian said: “I haven’t seen Craigshill play but believe the two teams are pretty similar and that there’s not much between the sides. Just to get to the final you have to be a good side.

“Most of the boys in the team are local so there’s a great community spirit about them. To win the cup would be amazing not just for the club but for Kirkintilloch and for amateur football in the area.”

Sunday’s game kicks off at 3pm.