WE have a break from league action this weekend due to the international fixtures, but there are still a handful of SFL clubs taking part in the Ramsdens Cup quarter-finals. If you have no plans on Sunday, why not head along to a match, or watch Partick Thistle take on Raith Rovers on BBC Alba.
Arbroath host Stenhousemuir in what will be the teams’ first meeting in the Challenge Cup since a first round tie in 1991 which Stenny won 3-2. So far this season, Arbroath fans have witnessed 40 goals in their eight games, including an astonishing 17 in their two Ramsdens Cup ties. The Red Lichties are competing in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006-07, but have never made it to the next round. Stenhousemuir, meanwhile, won the tournament in 1995-96, but have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals since.
At Ochilview, East Stirlingshire and Cowdenbeath will meet for the first time in the Challenge Cup. Cowden are unbeaten in 11 matches against their opponents, with their last defeat as far back as March 2005. The First Division side are looking to reach their first semi-final in the competition, have lost in the quarter-finals on three previous occasions. Shire, on the other hand, have only reached that dizzy height once before – 2000-01.
As mentioned above, the televised game sees Raith Rovers travel to Firhill to face the First Division leaders Partick Thistle. The sides have only met one in any cup competition in the last 35 years – a thrilling Challenge Cup second round tie at Starks Park in 2001, which Thistle won 5-3 after extra-time. Despite spending the majority of the last 20 years in the higher reaches of the SFL, neither side has made any impact in the Challenge Cup. In the contest’s 21-year history, they have just two semi-final appearances each. Neither side has reached the final.