It really was a mixed bag of results all over the shop this weekend as we had the Cup and action in the 3 lower leagues. Just how each and every one got on…
THE SCOTTISH CUP
The shocks of this stage in the tournament were in plentiful supply and start where holders Celtic went crashing out to Aberdeen. Anthony Stokes had put Celtic ahead only for Russell Anderson and then Fraser Foster to keep the Dons’ domestic double dreams alive. Hibs’ renaissance suffered a wee bit of a blow as Sam Stanton and Michael Nelson had managed to keep things level with Raith’s Kevin Moon and Dougie Hill but Grant Anderson got the Kirkcaldy side’s 3rd in their 3-2 win at Easter Road. Albion Rovers went through 2-0 at Ochilview courtesy of a Ross McMillan own goal and one from Gary Phillips seeing off Stenhousemuir. The one shock that I did predict didn’t quite come off as a Martin Grehan penalty along with a Jamie Longworth strike had given Stranraer an advantage over Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aaron Doran’s opener. Billy McKay’s second half equaliser means they all have it to do again.
Dundee United got through with goals from Ryan Gauld and Nadir Ciftci cancelling out one from for Kenny McLean from the spot for St Mirren.
It leaves Frazer Wright, Stevie May, Michael O’Halloran and James Dunne seeing St Johnstone past Forfar Athletic 4-0 and a Dean Shiels hat trick as well as one from David Templeton seeing Rangers past Dunfermline Athletic whilst Colin Nish put Dumbarton through and past Alloa Athletic.
It means the following Quarter Finals have interest in the ties from league Two all the way to the premiership: –
Raith Rovers v St Johnstone
Aberdeen v Dumbarton
Stranraer or Inverness CT v Dundee United
Rangers v Albion Rovers
It only took Martin Boyle’s opener for Dundee against Hamilton Academical for the home side to retake top spot. For the Accies both Ziggy Gordon and Stephen Hendrie were sent off. Falkirk stood aside for Dundee as they lost 2-0 at Dumfries with Gavin Reilly getting both goals for Queen of the South. It means that Dundee (43) are at the top on points whilst Falkirk (40) sit just ahead of Hamilton Academical (39)in 3rd. Queen of the South (35) have consolidated their play off spot by now being 3 points ahead of the pack. There was no change in the rest of the league table as nobody else played in league games.
SPFL LEAGUE ONE
Brechin City came out on top in the only game in this league as Bobby Barr, Andy Jackson and Robert Thomson got the goals that beat East Fife. It means that Brechin City (31) consolidated 5th spot just behind Stranraer (35) and ahead of Stenhousemuir (27). Brechin though have played 1 more game than the Warriors and a whopping 3 more than Stranraer! East Fife (23) are now level on games played with both Arbroath (17) and Airdrieonians (17) so will hope not to drop too many other points on the run in.
SPFL LEAGUE TWO
My match of the day saw Peterhead go 7 points clear at the top after Fraser McLaren and Rory McAlister got their 2 goals that beat Jordan White’s only goal for Stirling Albion. Annan Athletic slid into 2nd thanks to a Josh Todd goal that sunk Montrose. East Stirlingshire found themselves back in the play offs as Scott Maxwell, Michael Bolochoweckyj and Max Wright saw off Elgin City in their 3-0 win. Finally Berwick Rangers, thanks to Darren Lavery moved into 5th spot as they defeated Queen’s Park 1-0.
It means that Peterhead (45) are pulling away from Annan Athletic (38) and Clyde (38). Annan have a game in hand so could go clear in 2nd if they were to win it. East Stirlingshire (34) are in 4th with Berwick Rangers (33), Stirling Albion (33) and Albion Rovers (31) snapping at their heels. Both Albions have a game in hand over the two above them so could make it tighter too. Montrose (28) are in danger of slipping off the pace whilst Elgin City (24) officially now are and Queen’s Park (14) never got on it. Gus McPherson does seem to have limited the number of goals conceded at the Spiders but they need points if they want off the bottom.