Murrayfield U20 head coach Stevie Young says he is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Fife Falcons in the final of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
The Edinburgh-based side produced an excellent performance in the last four of the competition, defeating Dundee Stars 6-3 to progress to the final.
“It’s going to be a very tough game against the league winners this season,” said Young. “Fife are a team full of Great Britain, Scotland and some Elite League players.
“Having experienced winning the Scottish Cup last season with the U16s it’s going to be a tough task to match that again, however we are all looking forward to the challenge.
“Taking part in any cup final is a privilege to experience and as a coach I’m full of pride at the way we’ve lifted our performance to get to this day after a fairly poor season as far as results go.
“Although hampering us at times, it has been very rewarding to watch our players move up the ranks and gain experience playing in the SNL and NIHL with the Racers.
“Patriks Grigors, Ethan Reid, Ross Borwick, Peter Haddock, Lewis Young and Andrew Wright have all made the step up this season, with Lewis Melrose also making an appearance as goalie back-up.
“We’ve also had players selected for the Scotland U17 squad, while Ethan represented GB U18 at the World Championship tournament in Hungary just a few weeks ago, which is a huge achievement for him, our team and our club.”
The Falcons head into the game aiming to complete the double having already secured the U20 league title this season.
Fife comfortably claimed the cup in 2018 courtesy of a 13-2 victory over Solway Sharks, but head coach Paul Shevlin is expecting a tougher test this weekend.
“The Falcons are looking forward to competing in the Scottish Cup Final again this year,” he said.
“After a good league campaign we’re hoping our form carries over and we continue to play the way we have been.
“We have a really good, strong squad from top to bottom, but we know that Murrayfield are a good team who will cause us problems if we give them the chance.”
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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