Thursday 3rd November
18-year-old Danny Jardine has been a real stand out performer for the Saints U20’s this season, playing a key role in the side’s recent back-to-back wins over Rangers and Inverness in the SPFL Development League.
Tonight, league business is put to one side as Alec Cleland's side play in the Scottish Youth Cup away to Forfar Athletic.
The Saints website spoke to the young midfielder after Monday’s 2-0 win over Caley Thistle, the first home win of the campaign, about the season so far and about this evening’s match at Station Park.
“It’s definitely good to get that win over Inverness in what I think was definitely our best overall performance of the season. We were clinical in front of goal and were defensively solid across the board. We’re happy with that.
“We’re playing well at the minute so hopefully we can keep getting better and kick on. I think we had a bit of a slow start but we’re now clicking with each other and working really well as a team.”
Returning to Station Park brings back memories of last season’s 1-0 Scottish Youth Cup quarter-final defeat to eventual winners Motherwell, in a match Jardine believes Saints should have progressed in.
“I think that was my first match after being signed midway through the season last year. We had a great team last year and if we’d beaten Motherwell we would probably have gone all the way. Looking back I think we all feel we definitely could have done better that day, so we’ll have to see if we can go further in the competition this time.
“But anything can happen in cup games, that’s what makes them exciting. It’s a knock out stage at each round so it’s always going to be competitive.
“From Forfar I’m expecting a good, physical game. I’m expecting them to press but if we play like we did tonight against Inverness then I think we’ll be alright.
“But there are no easy teams. We can’t just stroll into the next round, we will need to work for it.”
The match kicks off at 7.30pm tonight at Station Park, Forfar.
Admission to the game is free and access can be gained to both stand and terracing by the gate at the east end of the stand.
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