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THE ODD CUPPLE; Housemates Kev and Stevie arra best of friends but today they go head to head in last-eight due; lARRA BEST.

KEVIN MOON his hoping his messy lodger Stevie May is unable to produce a tidy finish at Stark's Park this afternoon.

The Raith midfielder and the St Johnstone striker share a house in Perth. And former McDiarmid Park kid Moon is desperate to get one over his housemate and reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

He said: "Stevie and I have always been close. He's been staying here for a while now.

"Last year he was living with Paddy Cregg and Rowan Vine but he was a stray cat that I got landed with! I'm still sure if it was good to get him as a lodger! He is so lazy around the house.

"I don't think he knows where the Hoover is. His housework skills are definitely not in the same league as his football ones. Hopefully he's just as lazy during the game and then we might have a chance.

"I like to think I've been a good influence on Stevie. I look after him and keep an eye on what he eats.

"I don't think he appreciates what I do to look after him. I didn't even get a text after our win over Hibs in the last round. Stevie doesn't throw about the compliments.

"Maybe I should have been making chicken for Stevie and undercooking it because he is a huge threat to us.

"Talk of the cup tie has been unavoidable when you are living under the same roof. But the game can take care of itself. I reckon I can guess the Saints line-up anyway!

"They will start as strong favourites but anything can happen in a cup tie, as we've already shown against Hibs."

But May insist it's his landlord who is the man behaving badly and the goal machine reckons his old team-mate is playing mind games.

He said: "Mooner will say I'm messy and lazy but that's all lies. He likes to put the boot in and tell people stories - but that's all they are.

"Mooner is always cleaning. I think he's a bit obsessive because it's his house and he wants everything done right. But I do my fair share as well so what he's saying is a lot of rubbish.

"We watched the draw together and had agreed we'd get Raith. So when we were the first two names out of the hat we knew it was meant to be.

"There has been a bit of banter. Mooner is confident they can beat us but is still saying we're the favourites and the pressure is all on us.

"He's a good player and he'll be wanting to do his best against us.

"He was unlucky here because of injuries and stuff but everyone at St Johnstone knows what he's capable of."

May didn't play for Scotland Under-21s in midweek but insists he is ready to take on Rovers.

He said: "It wasn't worth taking the chance because my hamstring felt tight and the physio here and with Scotland looked at it. They both agreed the best thing was to rest up this week and make sure it's okay. I feel fine now."


HOME WIN Moon, left, and his housemate May are aiming to KO their pal's cup dream
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 8, 2014
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