BT Cup Final PREVIEW | County target maiden victory as Melrose eye the double

Stirling County and Melrose meet on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield in the penultimate match of ‘Silver Saturday’.

The BT Cup Final marks Stirling County’s first ever national final, having breezed past Hawick 51-19 in the semi-final to book their spot on finals day.

Melrose, however, are no strangers to playing for silverware, having won the trophy last year and having sealed the BT Premiership crown three weeks ago.

Should they win tomorrow (28 April, kick-off 4.30pm) it will be the club’s second league/cup double having last won both titles more than two decades ago in 1997.

The sides have met twice this season in the league with the Borderers coming out on top, home and away, on their road to topping the table.

County opened their cup campaign at home to Falkirk, putting in a rampant display to win by more than a hundred points, but will face a much stiffer challenge in the defending champions.

Head Coach of Stirling County Peter Jericevich said: “To win silverware you have to beat the best and Melrose have shown over the course of the season that they are the best.

It’s going to be a big challenge at BT Murrayfield but it’s one that we’ll relish.

"It’s a big occasion, we haven’t been to a cup final before as a club so it’ll be a big occasion and hopefully one that we’ll be successful at.”

The Borderers saw off neighbours Jed-Forest in their first BT Cup match before overcoming a battling Marr side in Troon to book their semi-final against Watsonians.

Melrose, who have been peerless in the league at times, had to work very hard to get past the Edinburgh side in the last round.

Melrose Head Coach Rob Chrystie said: “Semi-finals are all about just getting over the line and we managed just that. It wasn’t pretty at times, but the bottom line is that we are in the final and now it is down to putting our best performance forward.

They’ve worked hard as a group, and they have been together for a long time.

“There is a really good work ethic within the group and they enjoy what they do which is important.”

The BT Cup Final between Stirling County and Melrose will kick-off at 4.30pm on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield.

Stirling County’s route to the final:

SF – Hawick (51-19)

QF – Edinburgh Accies (22-15)

R1 – Falkirk (108-0)

Melrose’s route to the final:

SF – Watsonians (10-17)

QF – Marr (10-24)

R1 – Jed Forest (17-35)