Kirkcaldy Chiefs head coach Steven Lynch has urged his team to produce their very best form against Kilmarnock Lightning in the U14 Scottish Cup Final on Saturday.
The Chiefs enjoyed a largely positive league campaign, but they were narrowly beaten to the title by Dundee Stars.
However, Lynch’s team put in a superb display against Dundee in the semi-final of the cup on their way to recording a 6-4 victory.
“We fought tooth and nail to get to the final,” said Lynch. “We were delighted to beat Dundee who are a really good team.
“We’ve got a good squad too, as we showed when we beat Kilmarnock 4-2 in a recent league game.
“As you’d expect from 12 and 13-year-olds inconsistency has been an issue at times this season, but it’s all part of the learning process.
“Having said that, when they apply themselves they are a match for any team and I’m confident they will turn it on in the final.
“Kirkcaldy teams are used to playing in Scottish Cup Finals and we’re relishing the opportiunity to take on Kilmarnock this weekend.”
Kilmarnock also pushed Dundee hard in the league, but they were unable to catch the young Stars.
Despite just missing out on league success this term, head coach Keving McNulty has been impressed with his players and wants them to turn on the style when they go head-to-head with the Chiefs.
“We’re delighted to be returning to the Scottish Cup Final for a chance to lift the trophy,” he said.
“With the team having gone through a transitional year and new players coming through to take up positions, we’re excited to be playing Kirkcaldy in yet another final.
“With some mixed form in our league games the team are hoping that they do themselves justice and are able to produce some free-flowing passing and attacking hockey that they’ve shown at times this season to devastating effect.
“The games between teams at this age level are always extremely competitive with some very close contests. We’ve each won one game in our league series, meaning that the final is shaping up to be a great game.
“Knowing that the opposition always improve as the season progresses, we know that we must be on top of our game if we are to take top honours.”
The Scottish Cup Finals event begins at Dundee Ice Arena at 10.00am with the U12 final.
The U14, U16 and U20 finals are scheduled to follow during the afternoon, with the SNL final rounding off proceedings at 6.30pm.
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