It was a break from league duty last weekend as the Scottish Cup got dusted down and fought over in round three (ding, ding). Although the headlines were all about the draw for the semi finals of the League Cup there was plenty of romance and upset left for headline makers in this early stage of the premium competition.
HALLOWE’EN STYLE SHOCKERS…
In the way in to the village there is a massive banner that reads, one village, two Scottish cups. On Saturday they demonstrated it was no fluke as Stewart Kean – formerly of Ayr United, St Mirren and Stenhousemuir – scored the goal for Scottish Junior Cup champions, Hurlford United that held Stirling Albion to a draw and a replay; Chris Smith – also formerly of Ayr United – got the Binos’ goal! Another replay came after no fewer than eight goals in the Highlands as Elgin City and Bo’ness United drew 4-4. A Brian Cameron double alongside goals from Mark Nicolson and Shane Sutherland equalled the Highland League outfit’s Kieran Anderson, Nicky Walker, Darren Gribben and Andy Scott. The shocks though came when Spartans, thanks to two penalties from Kevin Motion sunk Clyde and when the final whistle blew at Galabank. A Peter Weatherston double and one from Stuart McColm gave Annan Athletic a 3-2 victory over Livingston as Keoghan Jacobs and Danny Mullen scored for the Lions.
CLOSE RUN FIREWORKS…
It was always going to be intriguing but the Cowdenbeath/Forfar Athletic tie that could still be a forerunner to a playoff clash in May was supposed to be tight. It didn’t quite turn out that way as Declan Hughes with two and Lewis Milne with the other gave the Blue Brazil’s three to the Loons’ one from Dale Hilson. At Somerset Ayr United and Alloa Athletic played out a 1-1 draw with Liam Buchanan scoring for the Wasps and Ryan Donnelly for the Honest Men. Jamie Longworth got the only goal of the game for Stranraer in their all League One clash with Peterhead whilst Stenhousemuir were put out by Brechin City. Kyle McAusland, and a Bobby Barr penalty were enough though Darren McCormack did score an own goal to make it tighter. Greenock Morton and Airdrieonians have it all to do again as they drew 0-0 whilst East Fife lost to Berwick Rangers in the odd goal of five. The Fifers had Scott Smith and Allan Walker on the score sheet whilst the Borderers had Craig Dargo twice and a Lee Currie penalty. The Fifers finished the game with eight men as Jamie Beaton, Allan Walker and Caoleen McAteer were sent off. Finally a John Gemmell double gave Albion Rovers the win over Queen’s Park as the Spiders could only manage a Sean Burns goal in reply.
We all thought that Rangers would navigate past Dumbarton but few of us thought a solitary Kris Boyd goal would separate them. Ryan Conroy with a penalty and Paul Watson gave Raith Rovers their expected win against Linlithgow Rose whilst Arbroath thanked Paul McManus, from the spot, and Scott McBride for their 2 to Nairn County’s 1 – scored by Sean Webb. On the Sunday Dunfermline Athletic swept past East Stirlingshire 4-1 as Faissal el-Bakhtaoui got two, Shan Byrne and Ross Millen got the others and Dave Greenhill got the Shire’s consolation.
The one that made the most interesting bang…
It was the top of the Highland League against the top of the Lowland League as Brora Rangers came to Edinburgh City and left 3-2 winners. For the Highland team Colin Williamson, Gavin Morrison and Andy Greig scored whilst the Lowlanders had Ian MacFarlane and John Dunn on the scoresheet. This may well be the first leg of the playoff to get into the SPFL in May so was a nice wee curtain raiser.
The fourth round was drawn as follows: –
St Johnstone vs Ross County
St Mirren vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Hurlford United/Stirling Albion vs Raith Rovers
Rangers vs Kilmarnock
Heart of Midlothian vs Celtic
Queen of the South vs Brora Rangers
Stranraer vs Dunfermline Athletic
Elgin City/Bo’ness United vs Arbroath
Falkirk vs Cowdenbeath
Spartans vs Greenock Morton/Airdrieonians
Berwick Rangers vs Albion Rovers
Dundee vs Aberdeen
Annan Athletic vs Brechin City
Ayr United/Alloa Athletic vs Hibernian
Motherwell vs Dundee United
Partick Thistle vs Hamilton Academical
Matches will take place the weekend of Saturday 29th November, 2014.