SNL preview: Dundee braced for double cup duel

It’s a Dundee derby double-header this weekend as the Comets and Tigers go head-to-head in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

The pair are set to clash over two legs in as many days, with the aggregate winner going on to face the Paisley Pirates in the final at Kirkcaldy on the 22nd April.

The Comets won both regular season meetings in the SNL, but their Head Coach Adam Walker (above) believes that will count for nothing this weekend.

“As far as our team is concerned every game between now and the end of the season is important,” said Walker.

“Although the Tigers haven’t had the best of seasons, all that goes out the window in these derby games.

“They’re fast and physical, so we have to be prepared for a battle on both nights. I’m confident we have the dressing room to put in a good performance over the two games and get us one step closer to some silverware.”

While the Comets ended the league campaign in third place the Tigers finished down in seventh, but defender Ian Carstairs thinks they can triumph against their local rivals.

“This is a massive weekend of hockey in Dundee – derby games are always passionately contested and the knock-out nature of this tie will give it an added edge.

“We didn’t fare that well against the Comets in the league this season with all the points heading their way, but we’ve competed well for long periods.

“The Comets have a strong squad and it’s going to be big ask of our players to perform well enough over two legs to progress.

“We can’t afford to let our guard down and need to be aware of the danger the Comets pose all over the ice. Our objective is to keep things close in the first game and then get the job done on Sunday night.

“We’ve been plagued by injuries this season and are likely to be light on personnel again this weekend. The guys that are available know what they have to do and are up for the tie.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Comets v Dundee Tigers (Cup)

Sunday

Dundee Tigers v Dundee Comets (Cup)

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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