Mariners look to the big one

Derek Ure will assume temporary charge alongside Bryan Bell
Derek Ure will assume temporary charge alongside Bryan Bell

Camelon Juniors face their biggest game of the season to date this Sunday when they face West Superleague outfit Glenafton Athletic at Carmuirs Park in the first leg of their two leg Scottish Junior Cup semi final.

They will go into the game with the rare distinction of having no manager after losing Danny Smith to Linlithgow Rose but top scorer Kevin Kelbie firmly believes the Mariners can lift junior football’s greatest prize.

The former Morton and Stirling Albion striker who tops this season’s Cup scoring charts with 12 goals after bagging four in Camelon’s 7-0 win over Whitletts Vics in the quarter finals said “Danny’s departure has come at a bad time but these things happen.

“We had a job to do and that was to get Camelon into the semi finals and we did that in no uncertain fashion.

“The manner in which we won was a fitting end to Danny’s time here but the players now need to concentrate on facing Glenafton and make sure we get through to the Final and finish the job.”

That’s a view shared by Smith who, in his four years at Carmuirs, forged a team from relegation candidates into one that he believes is capable of winning the Scottish Junior Cup for only the second time in their history

“To see them into the semi final before I left was a great feeling and I firmly believe they can go all the way in the Scottish Junior Cup. Obviously taking the job at Linlithgow leaves me out of the equation but these lads more than deserve to take part in the biggest day in junior football. I’d love to see them win it!”.

A waterlogged pitch put paid to the Mariners’ Fife & Lothian Cup against Glenrothes at Carmuirs last Saturday but that gave Camelon connections the chance to have a look at Glenafton who defeated Rob Roy 2-1.

Camelon officials will take names of those wishing to travel from the social club for the second leg of the semi final at Sunday’s game.

Kick off 2.30p.m.