Scottish Cup: Saltires eye historic double as they gear up for the semi-finals

PYF Saltires (blue) take on the University of Edinburgh for a place in the last four of the Scottish Cup.

Super League champions PYF Saltires are hoping to go a step closer to an unprecedented double success as they gear up for the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

The final four of the national competition gets under way in Stirling on Friday night with Saltires out to defend the trophy they lifted last season.

Never before has a team lifted both the Super League and Scottish Cup in the same season – blocking their route to the final is the University of Edinburgh in the second semi of the night’s action.

That’s after 2015/16 winners Fair City Santos face Glasgow side TMT.

Santos pushed their Perth rivals all the way in the Super League and would dearly like to finish off their campaign with another major trophy.

FC Santos (white) defeated Dundee University 2-0 in the last eight.

Their route to the last four saw two successful trips to the City of Discovery as they edged past Dundee Futsal Club 2-1 at DISC before a return against Dundee University and two second-half goals setting up Friday night’s clash.

The Super League champions of two years ago, TMT, though will have their sights set on a showpiece final.

They had Perth opponents in the quarters and last 16, too, as they defeated The Old Lady 3-1 in Glasgow after a penalty shootout victory over AC Perth at Bell’s Sports Centre.

The action gets under at the PEAK at 7.20pm between Santos and TMT.

For the University of Edinburgh, their cup form has been a real contrast to their Super League fortunes where they will finish bottom of the pile.

They may face a daunting prospect against Saltires but nevertheless are 40 minutes away from a Scottish Cup Final.

Their place in the last four came courtesy of an epic quarter-final away to Persian Athletic in Glasgow. After a 3-3 draw, the student side edged their opponents 4-3 on spot-kicks.

That came after a 7-4 win over eventual SFL-Edinburgh winners RMT Sacachispas in round three and knocking out Edinburgh Deaf 7-2 in the previous round.

PYF Saltires (blue) defeated Dundee Polonia in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Saltires have netted 35 goals in just four matches en route to the semis, seeing off Polonia Dundee 5-2, Montrose 7-0, TCB 13-1 in Glasgow and Dalkeith Thistle 10-4 in the capital.

On Friday, it’s up to Edinburgh University to stop them at the Peak. Kick off is 8.40pm.