BetFred Cup Last 16 – Wednesday Round-Up

Dundee 2-1 Dundee United

It was a deserved win for Dundee in their second local derby in just over a week after defeating their City rivals. After early chances missed by Scott Allan and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, it was the French-Moroccan who fired the Dees in front with a fantastic strike from 20 yards as hist right-footed shot rifled into the top corner, leaving Harry Lewis with no chance. The first real chance of note for the visitors saw Scott Bain pick the ball out of his goal-net after Billy King steered in a cross from the right to level the match heading into the break. The Championship side couldn’t take advantage though with Neil McCann’s men fighting back strongly in the second period to deservedly go through to the next round. Scott Allan’s cutback found ex-St Mirren midfielder Payl McGowan who hit his shot first time from just inside the box, with goalkeeper Harry Lewis once again left with no chance. Ray McKinnon’s side pushed forward in the closing minutes without much success, which sees them crash out of the competition.

Hamilton Academical 0-1 Aberdeen

A lively contest at the SuperSeal Stadium saw Aberdeen progress to the Quarter-Finals. Ryan Christie had a couple of early openings for the Dons before his midfield partner Kenny McLean got the games only goal. After good work down the left-hand-side, Scott Wright set up Kenny McLean to fire the visitors in front, after the Scotland cap swept home the 20-year-old’s cross. Despite pressure and attempts at goal by Martin Canning’s side, it was Derek McInnes’ side who prevailed. Joe Lewis pulled off a cracking save to deny Greg Docherty while Rakish Bingham, Steven Boyd, Xavier Tomas and Grant Gillespie all had chances to equalise in the second half. It wasn’t to be for Accies on the night, with McLean luckily being a liittle more decisive in front of goal than the backroom side of Aberdeen who were unsure who to bring off during a substitution, which saw the PA Announcer say “make your mind up”!

Rangers 6-0 Dunfermline Athletic

It was an emphatic win for Pedro Caixinha’s side after they dispatched of Dunfermline with ease. Kenny Miller opened the scoring early on before Portugese international defender Bruno Alves opened his Gers account with a cracking free-kick which left Sean Murdoch with no chance. Alfredo Morelos got in on the act soon after before James Tavernier put the game beyond doubt with less than half an hour played. The tidal wave of goals slowed down but two more were to arrive in the second period; Daniel Candeias done his best impression of Bruno Alves with a stunning free-kick from similar range before Morelos added a second after Murdoch palmed away a shot inside the area, with the Colombian on hand to pounce..

Ross County 2-3 Motherwell (AET)

It was an enthralling end to a largely uneventful opening 90 minutes in Dingwall. After a goalless first-half with very few chances being created, it was Motherwell who took the lead when Louis Moult knocked down a Chris Cadden delivery for the on-rushing Gael Bigirimana who smashed the ball home to put Stephen Robinson’s side in front. After Alex Fisher missed a golden opportunity for the Lanarkshire club, it was Dutchman Alex Schalk who forced extra-time after he found the back of the net. Cadden was the architect of the first but the scorer of the second just moments before the break in extra time. After Scott Fox expertly saved Ryan Bowman’s header, Cadden prodded home the rebound. ‘Well defender Dunne was shown the red card after denying Craig Curran a certain goal on the goal-line, with the home side being awarded a penalty. Curran slotted the ball home with ease and it was Jim McIntyre’s men who you would have tipped to get a third and likely winning goal. This wasn’t the case, however, with Ross MacLean the hero – sending the away fans into raptures – after he showed maturity beyond his years to sweep the ball home into the empty net after he had went round the on-rushing County keeper. The teenager sends 10-man Motherwell into the final 8 with McIntyre’s side unable to take advantage of their extra man in the closing stages

BetFred Cup Quarter Final Draw:

Hibernian versus Livingston

Motherwell versus Aberdeen

Dundee versus Celtic

Partck Thistle versus Rangers

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