It was a busy night all over the country on Tuesday as five League Cup fixtures were held along with one League Two fixture. With a further three League Cup ties tonight – Wednesday – here is what happened and what might be next…
LEAGUE CUP – TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2014
I had thought that Aberdeen might have struggled against Livingston but an Adam Rooney hat-trick was the highlight of the night. Ash Taylor got the other goal as the Dons beat the Lions 4-0. It was a single goal that saw St Johnstone through as Brian Graham scored the only goal to send Kilmarnock out the cup at Rugby Park; Killie had Alexei Eremenko sent off on 70 minutes. Rangers went through after an early scare when Rory Loy got Falkirk’s goal on 5 minutes. Rangers responded through an Owain Tudur Jones own goal, Dean Shiels and Ian Black to win 3-1. In a rare event Hibernian beat Ross County 2-0 in Dingwall courtesy of a Dominique Malonga double; Dylan McGeouch of Hibs was sent off towards the end of that game. Finally Partick Thistle had Nathan Eccleston to thank for his strike in the first period of extra time to beat and take revenge over St Mirren at Firhill.
LEAGUE TWO – TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2014
Montrose moved up the table as they beat Clyde 2-1 at Broadwood. Garry Wood put the visitors ahead, Kevin Watt equalised for the Bully Wee before Terry Masson got the winner. It means Clyde remain rooted to the bottom and Montrose are now 3 points off top spot.
LEAGUE CUP – WEDNESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
We have Ronny Deila’s misfiring Glasgow Celtic playing host to an on fire Heart of Midlothian tonight. Robbie Neilson’s side will fancy this and who can blame them as this looks a very tasty tie. I think Celtic have enough to get through it but it might be another disappointing performance and tight tie for the Parkhead club.
The Tayside derby is back, after an absence of what three days! Dundee United will welcome a team they played off the park on Saturday, near neighbours Dundee. For many this was the pick of the round and I am really looking forward to this one. It has the lot – need for revenge, gloating from beating them on Sunday, a quarter final spot up for grabs…I am, like United, up for the double but again Dundee will make it tight. Finally Hamilton Academical face Motherwell in the Lanarkshire derby that shall be just as fiercely fought as the one at Tannadice. Hamilton have had a better start to the league campaign than the Steelmen and I reckon this may help them through tonight.