CUP final fever has gripped the town of Galashiels ahead of  Gala Fairydean Rovers trip to Penicuik this Sunday to face Linlithgow Rose in the final of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.

After battling through six rounds no-one can deny the Braw Lads don't deserve to be there on merit.

But they face a strong Linlithgow side who only narrowly missed out on winning the East of Scotland Premier Division title.

Gala Fairydean were previously in a final in 2002 and have not lifted a trophy since 1998 although Gala Rovers were consistent trophy winners before the two clubs merged in 2013.

GFR chairman Ryan Cass said: "It's going to be a great day for the club and it will be even better if we can bring the cup home to Galashiels.

"We know it is going to be a tough match against quality opposition but we have the players who can win us a long overdue trophy."

In the previous rounds Gala defeated Rosyth(3-1), Tweedmouth Rangers(10-0), Bathgate(2-0), Bonnyrigg Rose ( 5-1), Dundonald Bluebell(2-0), Kinnoull Juniors 4-4(4-3 on pens) to earn their place in the final.

As a result of being in the final, Gala will travel to play League One side Kelty Hearts in the semi-final of the City Cup which will be played next season.

Gala Fairydean Rovers are running a free supporters bus to Penicuik this Sunday. Admission prices to the final are £10 adults and £5 concessions.

Due to the final, the clubrooms will be closed this Sunday during the day but will open at 6p.m. if the cup is brought back to Netherdale.

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Meanwhile former Hamilton Academical & Livingston Midfielder Kyle Wilkie has joined the club as Player Coach.

Manager Martin Scott said: “Absolutely delighted to get Kyle Wilkie signed. He comes with a good footballing pedigree, along with being a gifted footballer Kyle’s the type of character you want at your club.

“ I think in his short spell already he has shown the qualities he has & I look forward to seeing him at Netherdale next season”.