Let’s hear it for the Jacks of Coatbridge as Giant Killing Albion Rovers took centre stage and beat Motherwell. Oh yes they did! Forget Ricky Burns, forget 7-3 v Airdrie United THIS was the shock that they were waiting for! This was THE game of the day! And they weren’t ever behind them either…
As for the rest well I divided ties into categories so let me go through them here to see how my thoughts panned out…
I had picked 5 potential upsets and let’s start with 1 which is still close to being one! Iain Russell and Michael Paton managed to get the Doonhamers a replay against St Mirren in Dumfries as they replied to goals from Connor Newton and Stephen Thompson. Alloa Athletic perhaps came closest on the day to fulfilling my prophecy but the scoreline actually makes it look closer than it was. Ryan McCord’s penalty, Graeme Holmes and Jason Marr got Alloa their 3 goals whilst the Binos had Jordan White put them ahead before Graham Weir closed the scoring for the day with a consolation. Elsewhere Stevie May and Sanel Jahic got the goals to get St Johnstone past Livingston, 2 from Ross McNeil and 1 from Errol Douglas meant Stenhousemuir got past Fraserburgh whilst penalties from Aaron Dorran and Nick Ross as well as a brace from Billy McKay saw Inverness Caledonian Thistle through against Greenock Morton.
Of the next 5 ties that I put into this category and claimed they were difficult to call, Forfar Athletic and Brechin City heard me and will head to a replay on the 10th December; Martyn Fotheringham and Alan Trouten the goal culprits. At Somerset Park ears were also open as former Somerset Park favourite Andy Geggan opened the scoring for Dunfermline before Michael Donald equalised and the replay is on the 4th December. Clyde and Stranraer similarly knew what I meant as Jamie Longworth and Kieran MacDonald forced them to meet again on the 10th. Raith Rovers just managed a solitary goal from Gary Irvine that saw them past Dundee whilst Rangers had Nicky Law and David Templeton shoot them past Falkirk.
I put 2 ties in here and the hero of the day is Gary Phillips. It was he who struck to put Motherwell out of the cup for Albion Rovers. Dumbarton managed to shake off Berwick Rangers as though Lee Currie had put the Borderers ahead, a Bryan Prunty penalty, followed by goals from Mitch Megginson and Scott Linton got the Sons through. The all Premiership ties saw Dundee United thrash Kilmarnock on the Friday, Hibernian see off Ross County by a single goal on the Saturday whilst on the Sunday Aberdeen beat Partick Thistle 1-0 before Celtic slotted a magnificent 7 past Hearts.
The next round looks like this: –
Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir
Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton
Brechin City or Forfar Athletic v St Johnstone
Celtic v Aberdeen
Clyde or Stranraer v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Dundee United v Queen of the South or St Mirren
Hibernian v Raith Rovers
Rangers v Ayr United or Dunfermline Athletic