This Sunday Stirling University and Preston Athletic compete in the inaugural Lowland League Cup final, both won their respective qualifying sections and semi final.
Speaking this week, Stirling boss Eddie May said “Reaching a cup final is always a welcome achievement for any club, with the end objective focused on lifting a trophy. The students have been very fortunate to have gained success already this season in student sport competition.
“We adopted a squad rotation system in these matches to allow the students to return home for some part of the Christmas/New Year break. This proved beneficial as the players showed a freshness to their approach in some highly competitive matches in the ‘group of death’ against Spartans, Whitehill Welfare and Edinburgh City respectively.
“David Bingham will ensure that Preston Athletic are organised and systematic in their play. We require to be creative in attack and I will be encouraging our players to play with freedom to help ensure that the occasion does not impact negatively on their performance. I hope the match is entertaining and that the players on display catch the eyes of those watching for all the right reasons in terms of effort, behaviour, skill and flair.”
May’s opposite number David Bingham said “It’s great that all the hard work by both the players and also the staff behind the scenes has been rewarded by making it to this stage. Sunday’s game will be a real test for my team as Stirling are a good strong side who play a terrific brand of attacking football.
“Our season has been defined by lot of ups and downs in respect of performances and results. We have shown on several occasions that we can compete with the best in this league but have too often let ourselves down in other games. However, cup games are one offs and there is no better occasion for players to showcase their talents and I’m sure today will be no different.
“The surface will ensure that both teams will try to play football and will hopefully be a good spectacle for all supporters.
“I sincerely hope that the players enjoy the occasion but also don’t let it pass them by as they have a chance to make a little bit of history(as do Stirling) to be part of the first team to win the Lowland League Cup.”
All the action kicks off on Sunday at 3:00pm at Netherdale Arena, entrance fee is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children and concessions.