There were 8 ties this weekend in the William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round. Below is a round-up of the matches, as well as the Quarter-Final draw.
Ayr United 1-6 Rangers
It was a blistering second-half performance at Somerset Park to allow Graeme Murty’s men to progress into the Quarter-Finals.
Alan Forrest took advantage of an early Wes Foderingham mistake, as the winger closed down and then blocked the keepers clearance to give Ian McCall’s League One outfit an early lead.
Alfredo Morelos missed a sitter idway through the first-half but this didn’t put the Colombian off as he smashed home the equaliser after Sean Goss’ effort crashed off the bar.
The second period threatened not to get underway as snow covered the pitch during the interval but Nick Walsh deemed the surface playable.
It took until 66 minutes for the visitors to take the lead as Jason Cummings flicked home following a corner before Josh Windass converted following Declan John’s cross being deflected into his path via the outstretched foot of Jack Ruddy.
Morelos tapped home his second minutes later to secure the Gers’ passage into the next round; a Windass header and a Jamie Murphy breakaway goal added insult to injury for Ayr who can now concentrate on bouncing straight back up to the Championship.
Aberdeen 4-2 Dundee United
The Dons edged past Csaba Laszlo”s Championship hopefuls in an entertaining match at Pittodrie to secure their name in the hat for the last 8 of the Scottish Cup.
Adam Rooney nodded Derek McInness’ side in front early on after Gary Mackay-Steven”s shot looped into the air after being hit into the turf by the winter.
Then, it was the Scottish international who doubled the hosts advantage after slotting past Harry Lewis following a Niall McGinn pass.
Aberdeen were in cruise control but the Arabs first attack saw them grab a goal back as Sam Stanton burst from midfield and coolly found the bottom cornet as his left-footed shot end past Freddie Woodman.
Almost instantly, it was 3-1 as Kenny McLean headed home following a cross from the left. Mackay-Steven then seemed to have secured the home clubs advancement to the next round with an early goal into the second-half.
Substitute Paul McMullan curled home with 20 minutes remaining to give United hope but a late push didn’t overawe the Premiership’s second placed side, with an Anthony O’Connor sliced clearance, which Woodman saved, being the closest to a goal in the closing stages.
Celtic 3-2 Patrick Thistle
Brendan Rodgers said post-match his side will need to play better despite sneaking through against Glasgow rivals Patrick Thistle.
The Celts took an early lead through James Forrest as he scored with a right-footed attempt from the centre of the penalty area past Tomas Cerny.
With just 10 minutes gone on the clock, it was 2-0. Forrest again was the MSN of the moment; after being set up by Oliver Ntcham, the winger fired high into the top left-hand corner to have Celtic on easy-street.
Parkhead was silenced shortly after though when Kris Doolan notched a goal back for Alan Archibald’s men. The predatory strikers left-footed effort past Dorus De Vries gave the visitors hope with 7 0minutes remaining.
The scoreline would remain unchanged until nine minutes after the break when winger Forrest grabbed the match-ball as he seemingly put the result beyond all doubt after being set up by Scott Sinclair.
Conor Sammon would replace goalscorer Doolan, with the on-loan Hearts forward making life nervous for the hosdts late on as he got onto the end of Chris Erskine’s pass to reduce the deficit to one.
After an injury-time cross from the left caused confusion in the Celtic box, De Vries smothered the ball on the goal line guarded the hosts’ lead as Partick couldn’t force a replay.
Cove Rangers 1-3 Falkirk
Highland League leaders Cove overcame an early setback in Inverurie but couldn’t reach the Quarter-Finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
It was a bright opening to the game with Ryan Strachan testing Conor Hazard early on before Alex Jakubiak netted following a Lewis Kidd pass to put the Bairns into an early lead.
Just seconds later though, Mitch Megginson equalised after firing home Ryan Stott’s ball into the area to send the home fans into raptures.
It was a closely fought contest but two quick fire strikes at the beginning of the final period killed off any hope of a shock. Craig Sibbald put Paul Hartley’s side back in front on 4 6minutes before Rory Loy set up on-loan Watford striker Jakubiak for his second and Falkirk’s third.
John Sheran was proud of his clubs effort and is encouraged by their competitive edge as they battle to gain promotion to the senior ranks via the end of season playoffs.
Dundee 0-2 Motherwell
Stephen Robinson and his Motherwell are a step closer to making it two domestic cup finals in a row this term as they took another spot in the Quarter-Finals with a confident win against Dundee.
Ex-Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker wasn’t fit enough to make the 18-man squad but Angolan international Genseric Kusunga made his first start for the Dark Blues.
It took 30 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, but, when it did, it was a cracker as Craig Tanner rifled home past Elliot Parish from the edge of the area to give the visitors the lead.
Neil McCann’s side kept pushing, however, it was a defensive mixup which cost the Dees: a long ball saw Kevin Holt touch the ball past Parish into the back of the net, although Curtis Main has been credited with the vital touch post-match.
The Dens Park men couldn’t find that elusive goal to make things nervous late on as the hosts crash out of the cup at the last 16 stage.
Heart of Midlothian 3-0 St Johnstone
The Jambo’s progressed to the Quarter-Finals for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2012 as the Capital club eased aside St Johnstone.
With Craig Levein’s men scoring with their first shot of the match on 7 minutes, it settled the hosts down. Kyle Lafferty slotted home following a Arnaud Djoum pass to put Hearts ahead.
Djoum was involved again shortly into second-half as her set up Demetri Mitchell – the on-loan Manchester United full-back scored, arguably, the goal of the weekend with a blistering strike from outside the box, leaving Alan Mannus with no chance in the Saints goal.
Tommy Wright’s club conceded just moments later to confirm their exit from the competition. Lafferty scored from close-range after being teed up by Michael Smith to breeze aside the challenge of their fellow Premiership opposition.
There was no late consolation for the Perth club as Hearts continued to boss proceedings .
Kilmarnock 4-0 Brora Rangers
The romance of the cup ended on Saturday as Ross Tokely’s Highland League outfit exited the Scottish Cup.
John Pickles had the only shot of the match for the visitors early on but it was Steve Clarke’s side who dominated the play.
Just before half-time, Aaron Tshibola got his first goal for Killie as he converted from close-range following a corner to boost the hosts heading into the interval.
Kris Boyd grabbed a goal to double the hosts lead on 58 minutes before Eamonn Brophy came off the bench to put the game beyond all doubt. After being set up by Jordan Jones, the striker smashed into the top corner.
On 82 minutes, Stephen O’Donnell rounded off the scoring with a great finish from distance to send the Ayrshire club safely through into the Quarter-Finals.
Greenock Morton 3- 0 Dumbarton
The battle of the Championship was won by Morton as they storm into the final Quarter-Final spot with a strong win at Cappielow.
Jim Duffy’s men got the vital opening goal on 12 minutes as on-loan Frank Ross scored from a difficult angle on the left as the ball squirmed past Scott Gallacher.
The Sons fought hard but it was Jack Iredale’s second goal in a matter of weeks which put the Ton into a strong position. The defender surged forward before firing high into the top right-hand corner on 49 minutes.
Despite the best efforts of Stevie Aitken’s part-timers, it was the hosts who sealed victory with a third and final goal late on: substitute Bob McHugh was set up by Frank Ross and allotted home from close-range to confirm his sides passage into the final 8.
Scottish Cup Quarter-Final Draw:
Celtic vs Greenock Morton
Aberdeen vs Kilmarnock
Motherwell vs Heart of Midlothian
Rangers vs Falkirk
Ties to be played on Saturday 3rd or Sunday th4 March, 2018.