Scottish Cup: TMT to meet Saltires in final after epic semis

Conor Dow saves in the shootout for PYF Saltires.

TMT Futsal and PYF Saltires will battle it out for the Scottish Cup as they edged through a pair of enthralling semi-finals in Stirling.

Current holders and this year’s Super League champions Saltires kept up their defence of the competition though they were pushed all the way by Edinburgh University, needing penalty kicks to get through to the final once more.

Waiting for them were Glasgow side TMT after their first-half lead was enough to get the better of Fair City Santos at the Peak.

Adam Whitelaw makes a save in the first half.

FC Santos 2-3 TMT Futsal

The Glasgow side took control of the match as the midpoint of the first period approached as they caught their Perth opponents on the break.

Martin Cassells ran clear from halfway and beat Santos keeper Gordon McGillivray to the ball to poke home after eight minutes.

And three minutes later they doubled that lead with a fine free-kick from range from Derek McGrory that caught the Santos defence unawares.

The Super League runners-up were then in real trouble when Rhys Campbell struck three minutes before the break.

In the second period, Santos upped the tempo, forcing TMT to defend their lead and chances would come and go.

TMT goalie Adam Whitelaw was in the way, however – when he wasn’t the post denied Dayle Robertson from 15 yards.

For the final 11 minutes of the contest, the Perth side threw everything at their opponents as Fraser Smith became their fly keeper when in possession.

And they got one back through Robertson bundling in from close range with just under eight minutes remaining.

Dayle Robertson (left) finds the net for Santos.

The pressure began to pay as Robertson squeezed in his second of the evening with one minute 50 seconds left to go.

Santos kept pushing and were inches from equalising as Mark Caldow cracked the bar with just over 60 seconds remaining.

The goal wouldn’t come, though, and TMT held on for a place in the final.

Scott Smith (No 10) strikes for goal early on against Edinburgh University.

PYF Saltires 4–4 Edinburgh University

The Super League champions were well on top in the opening half but met stubborn resistant for large spells of the period.

The resistance was finally beaten by Scott Smith’s fierce finish after 10 minutes of pressure and eventually it was two as Brad Steedman found Stevie Laurie at the far post to finish.

Smith opens the scoring for Saltires.

Rafa Gutierrez then saw red after a challenge from behind with just 16 seconds of the period to go and there was time enough for Laurie to add his second and his team’s third with just four seconds till half-time.

The Edinburgh side rallied after the break, however, using the fly keeper tactic to good effect and getting one back within two minutes of the restart through Gullerme Martin.

Minutes later fly keeper Paul McLaughlin picked up an assist as Vojtech Pavlis edged it past Conor Dow.

A chance goes begging for Saltires.

Smith then fired in low to resume Saltires’ two-goal lead before Tono Sotelino made it 4-3 and then Martin levelled things up at 4-4 with three minutes left.

Neither side could find a winner and penalties were needed to separate the sides. Saltires held their nerve with goalkeeper Dow pulling off two saves to send his side to the final as they look to secure a historic double.

The final will take place at Perth College on Friday, May 24.