BetFred Cup – Match Day 3 Review

Group A

Forfar Athletic 1-3 Stirling Albion

It was a hard-fought victory for the Bino’s on Saturday after defeating Forfar at Station Park. On-loan Hearts winger Callum Morrison grabbed a first half double to see Stirling in control before Ross Kavanagh scored a third to seal the points for Dave Mackay’s men with just 14 minutes remaining. Garry Bollan’s side did pull a goal back in injury time with Mark Millar scoring a consolation for the Loons, in what was a disappointing afternoon for the League One side.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-2 Falkirk

Two first half goals won the tie for Falkirk as they defeated Championship rivals Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Joe McKee fired in a low drive to put the Bairns ahead before the goalscorer set up former East Fife frontman Nathan Austin to double the lead for Peter Houston’s men just minutes before the break. Despite pressure in the second half, John Robertson’s side will now find it difficult to qualify for the next srtage of the competition despite sitting 2nd in the Group A table.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Falkirk 2 +5 6

2. Inverness 3 +1 5

3. Stirling 3 -1 4

4. Brechin 2 -3 2

5. Forfar 2 -2 1

Group B

Dunfermline Athletic 5-1 Peterhead

It was another dominant display by the Pars at East End Park as they remained top of Group B. Declan McManus fired in early on before Joe Cardle grabbed a quick-fire double to put the Fife side 3-0 up within 22 minutes. McManus grabbed his second of the afternoon just 120 seconds into the second period before Lee Ashcroft conceded a penalty. Rory McAllister rolled home a consolation for the Blue Toon before Jim McInally’s men conceded a fifth and final goal late on when substitute Scott Ross turned McManus’ cross into his own net. Allan Johnston’s men head into their final group game away to Hearts on Saturday in good form with 8 points out of a possible 9 having been won so far.

Heart of Midlothian 3-0 East Fife

Kyle Lafferty continued to shine for the Jambos as the Capital Club eased past Darren Young’s East Fife. Northern Irishman Lafferty opened the scoring midway through the first half before Christophe Berra headed home a second for Hearts after a corner by Malaury Martin. Ben Gordon was sent off late on for the Fifers after fouling Esmael Goncalves in the box, allowing Lafferty to double his tally and round off the scoring in style. Ian Cathro’s men head into Tuesday night’s match with Peterhead knwoing a win would see them top the group.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Dunfermline 3 +10 8

2. Hearts 2 +4 6

3. Peterhead 2 -2 3

4. East Fife 3 -4 1

5. Elgin 2 -7 0

Group C

Dundee 2-0 Buckie Thistle

Despite defeating Highland League champions Buckie Thistle at Dens Park, Neil McCann was angry with his side for their lacklustre approach to the match and cancelled their day off on Sunday. Former Dunfermline striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui opened the scoring in the first period while new signing Sofien Moussa made it 2 goals in 2 matches for the Dark Blues as he fired home late on against Graeme Stewart’s side. The Premiership side can make it 3 wins from 3 heading into next weekend’s Dundee derby if they can defeat Cowdenbeath midweek.

Dundee United 4-1 Cowdenbeath

Ray McKinnon’s side produced a straight forward victory on Sunday afternoon after easing past Cowdenbeath. Sam Stanton opened the scoring for the Tangerines 30 minutes in before Billy King scored within the opening seconds of the second period. Matty Smith drew a foul from Jamie Pyper for goal number three as Scott Fraser confidently slotted past former United goalkeeper Joe McGovern – who came on at half-time for David McGurn. Billy Brown’s side pulled a goal back with 14 minutes remaining when youngster Cameron Muirhead found the back of the next before Matty Smith increased the deficit to three again just moments later, leaving Dundee United top of Group C and in pole position to qualify for the next stage.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Dundee Utd 3 +8 9

2. Dundee 2 +3 6

3. Cowdenbeath 2 -1 3

4. Raith 2 -3 0

5. Buckie 3 -7 0

Group D

Ross County 0-0 Hibernian (Ross County win 4-3 on Penalties)

The opening match of Match Day 3 was in Dingwall on Friday evening where Ross County and Hibs drew up a Premiership stalemate. County keeper Scott Fox was the busier of the two keepers although the Staggies did have chances themselves As the game went into penalties, Steven Whittaker missed on his Hibs return to open the shoot-out. Youngster Oliver Shaw saw his penalty saved which gave the home side the chance to win; Michael Gardyne stepped up and planted the ball past Ofir Marciano to seal a bonus point for Jim McIntyre’s men. Neil Lennon’s Hibees have a chance to pull points back midweek when they face Arbroath at Easter Road as the top spot remains undecided heading into the final two matches of the group stage.

Arbroath 4-0 Montrose

A poor BetFred Cup so far just got worse for Stewart Petrie’s men after a demoralising 4-0 defeat to local rivals Arbroath. The Angus club fell behind on 31 minutes when David Gold found the back of the net before Danny Denholm grabbed a quick-fire double for the Red Lichties in the second half. As the game entered injury time, substitute Steven Doris scored a fourth to rub salt into the wounds of the Gable Endies while Dick Campbell’s men head into Tuesday’s showdown with Hibs, with Neil Lennon’s side a point behind last season’s League Two champions.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Ross County 3 +8 8

2. Arbroath 2 +4 5

3. Hibs 2 +4 4

4. Alloa 2 -2 1

5. Montrose 3 -14 0

Group E

Annan Athletic 0-2 Kilmarnock

A professional performance saw Lee McCulloch’s Premiership side grind out a win away to League Two side Annan. Peter Murphy”s men conceded early on with Kris Boyd firing in after 7 minutes before he doubled his tally on 62 minutes to see Killie grab two wins in the space of four days to get their BetFred Cup campaign back on track.

Clyde 2-1 Dumbarton

Jim Chapman’s Clyde caused a cup upset after coming from behind to win 3 points off of Championship team Dumbarton. Stevie Aitken’s men opened the scoring twelve minutes before the half-time whistle with Craig Barr heading home. Despite rarely testing Scott Gallacher, the Bully Wee scored twice after the break to win three points. Ex-Sons player Darren Miller put his former side to the sword before Max Wright put the League Two side ahead ten minutes later. A worrying opening to the season for Dumbarton with a tough tie against Kilmarnock still to come.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Kilmarnock 3 +3 6

2. Ayr 2 +3 6

3. Clyde 3 0 6

4. Dumbarton 2 -3 0

5. Annan 2 -3 0

Group F

Motherwell 4-0 Greenock Morton

A comfrotable win for Motherwell saw Stephen Robinson’s men sit proudly at the top of Group F. An early header by Charles Dunne had ‘Well ahead before Chris Cadden doubled the Fir Park clubs lead with 25 minutes gone With 6 minutes to go until half-time, Gary Harkins was shown a straight red card after a foul on Craig Tanner to make life harder for Jim Duffy”s Ton. The Championship side had no response in the second half, with Richard Tait and Louis Moult scoring in the second half to complete the rout for the Premiership side.

Queen’s Paek 3-0 Edinburgh City

Gus MacPherson’s side showed no disappointment from Tuesday’s late equaliser by Morton’s Darren Barr before losing on penalties after cruising past Gary Jardine’s Edinburgh City. Dominic Docherty opened the scoring on 20 minutes for the Spiders before Chris McKee found his own net 10 minutes into the second half. Anton Brady completed the scoring just 7 minutes later to see the League One side sit a point behind Morton in second with one match still to play.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Motherwell 2 +8 6

2. Morton 3 -3 5

3. Queen’s Park 3 -1 4

4. Edin. City 2 -3 2

5. Berwick 2 -1 1

Group G

East Kilbride 2-5 Albion Rovers

In the most enthralling match of the weekend, K-Park saw 7 goals. Alan Trouten then Gary Fisher fired Albion ahead by two within the opening 5 minutes before substitute Connor Shields grabbed a brace within 9 minutes of the second half kicking off to see Brian Kerr’s men in cruise control. Two quick-fire goals by Sean Winter and an own goal by Michael McMullin saw EK back in it before youngster Shields completed his hat-trick to seal a victory for the League One side, who now look forward to hosting Hamilton on Tuesday evening.

Hamilton Academical 1-1 Queen of the South (Hamilton Academical win 6-5 on Penalties)

Just over 1,000 fans saw a rainy match at the SuperSeal Stadum on Saturday afternoon. It took until the final few moments for the match to heat up when Steven Boyd scored his first goal for Accies with a screamer from outside the area, which looked to be the winner. However, straight from kick-off, Queen’s grabbed an equaliser through Stephen Dobbie to take the match to a penalty shoot-out. Martin Canning’s men missed their first two penalties as Gary Naysmith’s Championship side took the early advantage. However, misses by Lyndon Dykes, John Rankin and Darren Brownlie saw Hamilton pick up a bonus point as they chase down Queen of the South at the top of the table, with the Lanarkshire club having a game in hand.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Q.O.T.S 3 +2 5

2. Hamilton 2 +2 5

3. Albion 2 -3 4

4. S’housemuir 2 -2 2

5. East Kilbride 3 -5 2

Group H

Livingston 2-0 Airdrieonians

Surprise package Livignston look set to qualify for the next round, if they can secure a win on Tuesday versus Stranraer. This was after they continued their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over full-time League One side, Airdrieonians. Released Motherwell striker Dylan Mackin opened the scoring for the Lions on 21 minutes before Craig Halkett doubled Livi’s advantage 8 minutes into the second period. David Hopkin’s men finish their fixtures on Tuesday as they have the chance to be one of the first sides to book their place in Round 2.

Partick Thistle 5-0 St Mirren

Jack Ross was an angry man on Saturday evening after seeing his side go down by 5 goals in Maryhill. Thistle opened the scoring in controversial fashion with Kris Doolan prodding the ball home despite being in an off-side position – no offside flag by the linesman saw Stephen Finnie give the goal, however. Steven Lawless then doubled the home side’s lead before putting some gloss on the first-half with a stunning curling effort past the helpless Ross Stewart. Summer signing Blair Spttal added a fourth before half-time with a stunning free-kick before coolly slotting home number five on 59 minutes, just seconds after Partick captain Abdul Osman had been sent-off for a second bookable offence, after lunging in on St Mirren skipper Stephen McGinn. A worryng few days for the Buddies sees their BetFred Cup campaign in tatters heading into the final match of the group for the Paisley club.

Table

Position Name Played GD Points

1. Livingston 3 +3 8

2. Partick 2 +5 4

3. Airdrieonians 2 0 3

4. St Mirren 3 -3 3

5. Stranraer 2 -5 0

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