As we now know what the quarter final line up is, it would be nice to look at how each of these teams got to that point following their clashes during the week. Of the ties during the week there was one particular shock which has blown open the contest leaving every team that will line up in the quarter final with a realistic chance of getting to the final and getting national silverware – even Morton!
INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE V DUNDEE UNITED
Billy McKay got Thistle through safely in their 1-0 win at Dens Park against Dundee whilst near neighbours Dundee United had to face Partick Thistle. David Goodwillie got a hat trick – first of many in this round – whilst Ryan Dow got United’s 4th goal. For Thistle Christie Elliot bagged a consolation.
GREENOCK MORTON V ST JOHNSTONE
The simple story is that Morton went to Parkhead and beat Celtic. The more complex story is that a team that has struggled in the Championship went to the Premiership leader’s home and took them to extra time before Dougie Imrie despatched them with an extra time penalty. St Johnstone were able to take the Championship leaders out thanks to 2 goals from the man that Hamilton Academical had on loan last year; Stevie May. May scored early and late and between which Gwion Edwards added a 3rd.
HIBERNIAN V HEARTS
It is the tie of the quarter finals and the BBC shall show it live! Hibs had to entertain Stranraer at home and Liam Craig welcomed them with a hat trick whilst Abdellah Zoubin and an own goal from Scott Rumsby gave them 5 goals. Stranraer did reply with 3 of their own through Jamie Longworth, Chris Aitken and an own goal from Michael Nelson. Hearts were taken to penalties by Stranraer’s distant neighbours, Queen of the South. Kevin McHattie, Danny Wilson and Jamie Hamill got Heart’s 3 goals whilst the Doonhamers replied through Ryan McGuffie, Michael Paton and Chris Higgins.3-3 after extra time penalties ensued with Hearts getting the better of the home team.
MOTHERWELL V ABERDEEN
Motherwell got past Livingston thanks to goals from Bob McHugh and James McFadden. Livingston had Jason Talbot sent off whilst Danny Denholm got a late goal to make it 2-1. Aberdeen also despatched a Championship side as they beat a disappointing Falkirk 5-0. The final hat trick of the night came from Scott Vernon who added to the goals from Joe Shaugnessy and Cammy Smith.