There were few surprises after the first round of the Scottish Communities Cup whilst a few cards were flashed making it seem like the cup was sponsored more by Clinton’s than the Government. Here’s the results.
Airdrie United 5 Stirling Albion 0
After last weekend’s humiliation of a 5-0 drubbing by Livingston Jimmy Boyle’s Airdrie United made amends in spectacular fashion. The Binos meanwhile had negotiated past Highland League outfit Deveronvale pretty comfortably but ended up on the end of a 5-0 drubbing here. Stirling had 2 sent off which resulted in two penalties both despatched by Graeme Owens whilst Ryan Donnelly chipped in with a brace before Jamie Bain finished the scoring. With news of Stirling’s face of the fans Paul Goodwin having resigned from the Board this last week the future on and off the park for them is beginning to look fairly bleak.
Albion Rovers 2 Falkirk 4
The wee Rovers were already out the Ramsdens Cup and it was no surprise that they failed in their giant killing attempt against Falkirk. Falkirk having dispatched Brechin City last week added another Second Division scalp to their record. New signing Farid El Alagui started the scoring in 15 before Albion Rover favourite, Scott Chaplain put away a penalty in 33 minutes to allow both sides to go in at half time honours even. Jay Fulton put Falkirk ahead early in the second half before El Alagui got his second and in the 60th minute Kallum Higginbotham made it 4-1. Chris Boyle in injury time made it 4-2.
Alloa Athletic 0 Morton 3
Alloa will have seen the demolition of Stranraer last week by Morton and had hoped they weren’t in for the same treatment. Having lost out in penalties to Peterhead last week they would have hoped to get close enough to Morton to give them a fright. Morton didn’t reach the same dizzying heights as their humbling of Stranraer 8-0 but the heroes of last week continued their act with Paul Di Giacomo in 29 and then Andy Jackson in 67 minutes sending Morton on their way. Peter Weatherston struck one for the old boys with a highly impressive free kick in injury time making it 3-0 Morton. The revolution at Recreation Park now seems to need a wee boost!
Annan Athletic 1 Dunfermline Athletic 2
The SPL versus the Third Division. And for a moment hearts must have been in SPL mouths as Annan came back from Andy Barrowman’s 18th minute header to level through David Cox. All square at half time this had giant kill written all over it. Andy Kirk’s heroics in clearing off his own lines after Ian Harty almost got one with an overhead kick was followed by saving Dunfermline’s blushes and getting the winner in 51 minutes. Lots of sighs of relief in the Pars and they nearly made it 3-0 but Barrowman’s effort was judged offside. Annan right up to the end continued to battle and almost levelled late on but the SPL side will be in the hat on Tuesday – much to their relief.
Brechin City 2 Clyde 4 (After Extra Time)
This was a curious tie with both sides going out the Ramsdens Cup last weekend. It was all square after 90 minutes with David McKenna for Brechin City levelling a Gerard McLaughlin own goal, diverting a cross with his head that had put Clyde in front. In extra time it was the tale of two penalties that settled the game with Craig Molloy missing one for Brechin but John Sweeney converting for Clyde with Scott Buist getting his marching orders as a result of the award to Clyde. Mark Archdeacon got Clyde’s 3rd before Charlie King got Brechin’s 2nd. Ian Gray put it all beyond doubt in the 199th minute.
Cowdenbeath 2 Stenhousemuir 2 (Stenhousemuir win 4-3 on penalties)
Cowdenbeath went into this Fife derby with major defensive worries so that Stenhousemuir were slight favourites. Both sides had lost 2-1 to First Division opposition last week so a fascinating tie was expected. So it turned out with penalties needing to separate them and Stenhousemuir’s keeper Chris McCluskey the hero. Mark Ramsey for Cowdenbeath had responded to Willie Lyle’s opener for Stenhousemuir before putting them in front just before half time. Eric Paton levelled for Stenhousemuir and the game went into extra time. No goals in either period meant penalties and misses from Cowdenbeath’s player/manager Colin Cameron and Greg Stewart meant that Stewart Kean was saved from the embarrassment of having been the Stenny player who missed and Stenhousemuir go through.
Dumbarton 4 Dundee 0
Dundee had progressed in the Ramsdens Cup last week but in Manager Barry Smith’s own words – played poorly. They needed extra time to get past Second Division new comers whilst Dumbarton had put out Third Division East Stirling. Dundee in the end were comfortable winners 4-0 though had to wait till the second half for all 4. Steven Milne with 2, Jamie McCluskey, and a Matthew Lockwood penalty ensured Dundee’s progression.
East Fife 2 Elgin City 1
East Fife proved they had the wherewithal to go through with all the goals coming in the second half. East Fife had put six past Third Division opposition last week but this week were more modest in their defeat of Third Division opposition. Elgin had proved they were no mugs whilst putting out First Division Ross County. East Fife’s Ryan Wallace managed to set up Robert Ogleby before getting on the score sheet himself, Brian Cameron pulled one back for Elgin.
East Stirlingshire 0 Ayr United 3
Two seasons or so ago this was the Challenge Cup tie where Ayr were ten minutes away from winning 1-0 only to be beaten 2-1. Last week Ayr had put Queen of the South out whilst East Stirling were dumped out by Dumbarton though they had clawed their way back into the tie after going 2 down. In the end it was comfortable for the Honest Men with Alan Trouten and Mark Roberts making it 2-0 before the break. Mark Roberts killed the tie off early in the 2nd half making it 3-0 Ayr.
Forfar Athletic 2 Peterhead 0
This had looked like a home win on paper and so it proved but Peterhead had shown last week dogged determination to go through on penalties against highly fancied Alloa. Forfar on the other hand, had the same result but had very different opposition – Highland League side Buckie Thistle. In the end goals either side of half time sealed it for Forfar with Stevie Crawford in the 43rd minute and giant Chris Templeman getting the 2nd in the 61st.
Livingston 6 Arbroath 0
Division Three champions dumped out by the Second Division champions. Gary Bollan had an impressive 5-0 win against Airdrie United last week and has now sent out a massive warning going one better this week – 6-0! It all started early with Rory Boulding in 2 and Ian Russell with his 1st in 7 minutes. Another 2 followed by half time – Ian Russell with his 2nd and Livingston’s 3rd before Keaghan Jacobs got on the score sheet. Jason Talbot got the 5th in the 66th minute before Marc McNulty completed the rout. Arbroath had 1 sent off as Steven Doris was despatched for violent conduct but that was AFTER the 6th went in so no excuses available there!
Montrose 1 Raith Rovers 4
Montrose endured a 6-1 thumping last week and any result that was not as bad as that could be seen as an improvement. Whether losing 4-1 qualifies is debatable. Raith had come away last weekend with a 2-1 victory in their Fife derby against Cowdenbeath. Montrose had won a pre season friendly between the two sides and Raith were clearly keen to make amends for that defeat. In the end it was fairly comfortable as Raith responded well to Jamie Winter giving Montrose an early lead with Iain Williamson levelling before the break. All square at half time Allan Walker then John Baird added to Raith’s totals early in the 2nd half making it 3-1. Danny Thomson made it 4-1 in the 77th minute but between the 3rd and 4th goals Montrose had Jonathan Smart and Steven McNalley sent off so the score line could have been a whole lot worse. Plenty to ponder for Ray Farningham.
Partick Thistle 1 Berwick Rangers 3
In the order of things this was a shock. Partick Thistle had dispatched Stenhousemuir last week whilst Berwick took penalties to get rid of Clyde so no one saw this coming. It had 8 bookings, 4 goals and 3 sendings off so should have been a cracker to watch! Well at least if you are a Berwick fan. Partick even scored first with Paul Cairney in the 28th minute before Damon Gray equalised to send both sides in even at the interval. In the 48th Paul Paton was sent off for Partick followed by Stuart Noble putting Berwick ahead. Conrad Balatoni went in the 80th and the resultant penalty was converted by Paul Currie. Berwick had their own Kevin MacDonald sent off in the 82nd for a 2nd bookable offence.
Queen of the South 2 Stranraer 1
Queen of the South and Gus McPherson bounced back from their defeat to Ayr United last week whilst Stranraer managed to keep the score respectable, even taking the lead in spectacular fashion with Grant Gallagher scoring with a 35 yarder. Danny Carmichael levelled 4 minutes later and Tom Brighton fired into the net from all of 12 yards to make it 2-1 Queen of the South.
Ross County 2 Queen’s Park 1
Derek Adams had presided over a defeat against Elgin City and the shock of the Ramsden Cup last weekend so was hoping he could bounce back against the Spiders and they did that. Whether it was all that convincing is up for debate as Queens went in front in the 5th minute, Michael Daly scoring with his head. Leading right up to the 58th minute Colin McMenamin made it all square before Jonathan Flynn in the 75th put the game beyond 10 man Queen’s Park. Daryll Meggatt had been sent off for a foul on Mark Corcorran prior to the equaliser and if beating a Third Division side needs them to go one man down Derek Adams may well be ruing the return that the Staggies welcomed!