A KILWINNING Rangers youth side are bidding to secure their place in the final of Scotland's top youth competition.

The club's under 13s side, in their first season of 11-a-side, are set to face off against Airdrie Pumas in the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) cup semi-final tomorrow, Sunday March 12.

The 2010 team will play the match at Buff's Park at Kilwinning Sports Club with the game kicking off at 1pm.

The young Buffs have done exceptionally well to reach this far and are hoping to drum up a strong support for the match.

Around 500 people turned up to watch their previous tie - a quarter final match up against Sons of Struth FA which they won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Irvine Times: Supporters and players celebrate the young Buffs quarter final win last month.Supporters and players celebrate the young Buffs quarter final win last month. (Image: Kilwinning Rangers under 13)

For their semi-final, locals can come and support the youngsters in thier quest for glory - with admission to the match £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. The Pitchside Takeaway will also be open for the game.

The side will be looking to emulate the success of the club's 2004 (under 19) side from last year who battled their way to the final at SPFL League One side Airdrieonians' Excelsior Stadium.

Though they will have their sights set on going one better - and lifting the cup.

Interestingly, the 2010 side have some Scottish Cup winning experience amongst their ranks.

Though this is not in the form of any players - but one of their coaches.

Among the group of volunteers who help run the team is former Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and St Johnstone midfielder Gary McDonald.

In his spell with the latter, McDonald was part of the Saints Scottish Cup winning side in 2014.

Former Buff’s manager, and current Beith boss, Chris Strain also has an added interest in the match - with his youngest son, Josh, a player for Kilwinning.

He will be hoping to go one better than his brother Ben, who was captain of Kilwinning Rangers’ under 19 side last year.

Good luck from all of us here!