Brechin City vs Queen's Park - Preview
Queen's haven't played in "Scotland's Smallest City" since March 2002, when City sent Queen's spiralling to an embarrasing 5-0 defeat as we went on to finish bottom of the Third Division while Brechin won the division.
It's definately got better for fans of both Queen's and Brechin since then with Spiders currently sitting 2nd in the league four points behind leaders East Fife with a game at hand. Former Hibs star Mike O'Neill has City sitting pretty in 4th place and if they can continue their great start to the season they are likely to be competing in the end of season playoffs to the First Division.
It will be our third trip to Angus in the last month following on from victories over Arbroath (2-1) on October 14th and last week's fantastic victory over Montrose (3-0) as the stunning David Weatherston bagged a double, Paul Paton also scored his first Spiders' league goal.
It will be the first meeting between the sides since the epic Challenge Cup semi final at Hampden in August 2002. Brechin ran out 4-3 winners to end Queen's involvement in the tournament. James Allan, John Gemmell and everyone's favourite Scouser Jonny Whelan were not enough as City headed home narrow victors.
We managed to get to the Third Round stage of this tournament last year with a 2-0 victory over Raith Rovers in the 2nd Round, though our participation was ended in Edinburgh as we were beaten 3-2 by EoS league outfit The Spartans, a day to forget let's hope tomorrow is one to remember.
Queen's Park 3 (Jimmy Allan 26, John Gemmell 72, Jonny Whelan 75)
Brechin City 4 (Marc Millar 34, Chris Jackson 64, Kevin Fotheringham pen 69, Roddy Grant 73)
27th August 2002 - Bell's Challenge Cup Semi Final - Hampden Park, Glasgow
Tony Mitchell, Danny Ferry, John Gallagher, Steven Moffat, Damiano Agostini, Tony Quinn, Craig Taggart (Richard Sinclair), Jonny Whelan, John Gemmell, Steven Canning (Chris Fisher), Jimmy Allan (Willie Martin)
Frankie Carroll (knee) and Shaun Molloy (calf) remain out. Richie Bowers has recovered from his Kidney infection and could be selected while Stuart Kettlewell is a doubt due to injured ribs.
LIKELY LINE UP
XI: Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Stephen Reilly, Richard Sinclair, Alan Trouten, Stuart Kettlewell, Tony Quinn, Paul Ronald, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry
SUBS: David Crawford, Damiano Agostini, Robert Dunn, Steven Canning, Richard Bowers