Thistle boss Stuart Davidson is hoping that the club can progress in the cups in 2018 despite some potentially difficult ties awaiting them.
Largs have been drawn at home to Cambuslang in the 2nd round of the New Coins Automatic West of Scotland Cup, and face either Kello or Hurlford away in the 2nd round of the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup after receiving a first round bye.
Stuart, nicknamed Arnie, said: “Cambuslang will be a tough tie as they have been going well, but we want to try and get as far as we can. I feel we have let ourselves down in the cups in recent times, although we were unlucky to go out at Hurlford. 
“We have a lot of away games in the league coming up so it is good to have a home tie.”
Looking at the Ayrshire Cup, where there is a possibility of Premier opposition in Hurlford, Stuart said: “Kello or Hurlford will be a hard game. I watched Kello beat Irvine Meadow and I was very impressed with their work rate. We came very close against Hurlford in the Ardagh Cup but we would be expecting another hard tie against them.”
Taking a pragmatic approach to both tournaments, Stuart said: “No matter who you get drawn against, you need to win hard ties to progress in cups and try and get a bit of success.
“You look at those ties and we have some big league matches coming up, it is a very exciting second half of the season, and we have a lot to play for.”
Largs had a battle on their hands in September to overcome Kello who were leading 1-0 at Barrfields until the 75th minute in a league match, but three goals in the final 15 minutes from Thistle turned the match on its head.
Largs lost out to Hurlford in the Ardagh Cup quarter finals after conceding a late penalty to the East Ayrshire side in August. Thistle had a number of good goalscoring opportunities in the game, although Hurlford had hit the crossbar in an exciting second half.
Although Thistle’s cup form has been poor in recent seasons, their biggest achievement came in the West of Scotland Cup 2nd round last year when they defeated the then Scottish Cup holders Beith on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw during 90 minutes.
The full first round draw for the Ayrshire Cup is, as follows: Craigmark Burntonians v Kilbirnie Ladeside, Girvan v Lugar Boswell Thistle, Glenafton Athletic v Annbank United, Irvine Meadow v Dalry Thistle, Kello Rovers v Hurlford United, Saltcoats Victoria v Cumnock Juniors, Troon v Kilwinning Rangers, Whitletts Victoria v Auchinleck Talbot.
Second Round Ardeer Thistle v Whitletts Vics or Talbot; Girvan or Lugar v Beith Juniors; Glenafton or Annbank v Saltcoats Vics or Cumnock; Irvine Vics v Troon or Kilwinning Rangers; Irvine Meadow or Dalry v Ardrossan Winton Rovers; Kello or Hurlford v Largs Thistle; Muirkirk Juniors v Darvel, Maybole v Craigmark or Kilbirnie.
The full West of Scotland Cup 2nd round draw is as follows: Arthurlie or Saltcoats Victoria v Pollok; Ashfield v Craigmark Burntonians or Cumbernauld United; Auchinleck Talbot v St Roch’s’; Beith Juniors v Neilston Juniors, Cumnock Juniors v Wishaw Juniors; Dalry Thistle or Darvel v Benburb. Forth Wanderers or Thorniewood United v Shettleston Juniors, Gartcairn Juniors v Lugar Boswell Thistle or Clydebank; Girvan – St Anthony’s or Annbank United; Kello Rovers or Troon v Maybole Juniors; Kilbirnie Ladeside or Johnstone Burgh v Hurlford United or Lesmahagow Juniors; Kilsyth Rangers v Ardeer Thistle or Greenock Juniors; Largs Thistle v Cambuslang Rangers; Larkhall Thistle v Irvine Meadow XI; Maryhill v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy or Irvine Victoria; Shotts Bon Accord – Whitletts Victoria.
No dates have been confirmed as yet for the cup competition fixtures.
Largs Thistle last won the Ayrshire Cup in 2013 with a 3-0 victory over Cumnock Juniors at Bellsdale Park, and won the West of Scotland Cup in 1991 with a 1-0 win over Renfrew .