Highlights from the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Celtic v Inverness, Ross County v Aberdeen and Dunfermline v Hamilton. And action from the day's other cup games.
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It's unbelievable! Unbelievable! What a finish! Time for heroes, not
a dream, it is reality. Will you please do the home ties?
No? Number four! Number nine, Inverness Caledonian
Thistle. Number 13. Ross County- Aberdeen. Number 14. St Johnstone,
Partick Thistle. East Fife, St Mirren. A united, Clyde. Thank you
very much! Good evening, we got a memorable
draw and a memorable day in the Scottish cup. Not so much magic hat
but instead the magic of the cup and here to celebrate truth from
illusion, Pat Nevin and Scott MacDonald. Our beer Festival and
action begins in Dingwall in the last time Aberdeen won the Scottish
cup was in 1990. Their opponents today, the League Cup winners last
season. This has all the makings of the tie
of the day. These are Ross County fans have seen their team perform
well but a large Aberdeen support has travelled to see a side in fine
form with six in the last seven and just one goal conceded in five. Ross
County haven't won since beating Dundee United here only lasts around
with a creditable draw their last outing. Two changes in that side.
Aberdeen have found great consistency of late and the same
starting 11 for the eighth consecutive match as they aim to
reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.
Jonny Hayes bursting for Rod and the challenge and that is an obvious
yellow card. He is going to have to operate for 80 minutes on that
yellow cards. Composed play for Aberdeen under pressure. A bit of
room and over the halfway line he comes. Good ball and a fantastic
save from Scott box. Once again, Scott Fox, a terrific one-handed
save, the snapshot from Niall McGinn, inventive stuff from
Aberdeen. Aberdeen look very bright in the
centre of the park and here is Jonny Hayes marauding down the left and a
great ball. Should have scored. Terrific run for Rod. He was within
inches. Couldn't directed goalwards. A good ball four rods and he gets
nudged off the ball. The referee waves Ross County's please away. Tim
Chow snapping at his heels and leafy tech has gone against him, Tim Chow.
He will find he is on his last warning. Aberdeen players
surrounding Bobby Madden. The asking presumably for a second yellow card.
Scott Fox lining up his wall. Goes for gold landed just dips over the
crossbar. Inches over, pepper and coral just
not enough. Fired for Rod in the direction of
Gardyne. Can he get the ball across goal and a great chance but he just
dwelled on it too long. Couldn't get it across. Looked initially like he
got the ball before he made any contact with Gardyne. Certainly gets
the ball but the follow-through takes Gardyne out of the play.
Making his Ross County debut at half-time in place of Tim Chow,
threading a very fine line, the Ross County midfielder. A couple of times
coming close to a second yellow card. Jim McIntire perhaps deciding
not to take any further chances. Caught in possession by Niall McGinn
and a deal chance. Straight at Scott Fox. He had to do better, Niall
McGinn. What a chance. He was dwelling on the ball and either side
of Scott Fox and he has to score. Gratefully falling on this effort.
Considering keeping possession and Jonny Hayes selling a wonderful
dummy. Marcus Fraser are going to ground and out for a corner.
Aberdeen is threatening. Good fist on it by Scott Fox and Graeme
Shinnie, Jack fires are ten and a great save from Scott Fox. Really
good at by Ryan Jack. He must have thought it was net bound but Scott
Fox had other ideas. That is a good effort, not too far
away. That would have been quite an introduction if that had ended up in
the back of the net. Now it is Aberdeen's turned to come
forward once more. Jonny Hayes on to the left foot, a
good ball N and get a handle on it and just pushes away. Cries from the
away supporters for a handball but play continues. Aberdeen back and
Graeme Shinnie with the chance to shoot through the legs and wide of
goal, Aberdeen knocking at the door but can't quite make the
breakthrough. Again, Scott Fox with a vital intervention.
Fires at across goal and a great chance, blocked and spins by the
post, and perhaps he would have been better taking the shot on the first
time, Graeme Shinnie, but he elected to take the touch. Almost came off
for him. Derek McInnes's team have to take the touch. Almost came off
done everything but score this afternoon, utterly dominant.
Of the thigh and again Fox, blocked away. Ross County somehow. Ash
Taylor must have thought he scored, a terrific block. Again kept the
ball out. Graeme Shinnie always available for
a pass and kicks out Shay Logan with a lovely ball. Onto the left foot
and it has found its way and! Shay Logan with the trademark
celebration! And Scott Fox having performed miracles throughout the
match is deceived late in the game and surely no Aberdeen into the
quarterfinal of the WIlliam Hill Scottish Cup, a slight deflection as
Scott Fox is beaten eventually. A persistent Aberdeen side, the
deflection off the heel deceiving the keeper and he can't believe it.
Aberdeen will feel they have deserved that slice of fortune. Shay
Logan will be claiming that, make no mistake. So late in the day.
Lookalike Ross County were going to hold out for the replay. Kenny has
been part of a state Ross County defence. It is has slight touch that
might well have sent Aberdeen into the quarterfinals, though Jon Lewis
called upon to keep his side in front.
Healers or Brian, into the penalty area and that will be that. Referee
Bobby Madden puts the whistle to his lips, and Aberdeen and Derek McKenna
is progress to the quarterfinals thanks to that man, Shay Logan. Huge
numbers have travelled here to Dingwall for this afternoon and they
will go home in celebratory mood. A terrific afternoon as against
Aberdeen who finish in Dingwall, Ross County 0- one Aberdeen.
They found the consistency and fought hard to get to that level of
confidence and we feel we can continue in that vein so we're
absolutely delighted and we knew it was a difficult time coming up here
and credit to them, they gave us a game. The dominant team got through.
Frustrating but Aberdeen threatened legal more than what we did. From
that side of things it was disappointing for us especially
being the home side but I thought there was plenty of determination
and effort but unfortunately for us, our quality on the day was lacking.
The winner, certainly took a slight deflection. And that ticket out of
your past? Yes and the bones kept up high as well so it is one of those
situations, it has gone on and off the post as well sought hearts
because it is so late in the game and we had done so well to stay in
it but it is one of those ones you have to get on with it. I am sure
you as well as the rest of the team were disappointed with the way the
League Cup final went after having got there, do you feel you can make
amends slightly for that by going all the way in the cup? We can
certainly give it a try. We did well to get to the final of the League
Cup and it was a strong Celtic team. It'll be fight whoever we get but
whether they get Celtic in the final before, somebody is going to have to
play very well to knock them off the perch. I am not sure if Derek is not
doing media because he doesn't want to answer certain questions but as
far as you're concerned, does this job remain the most attractive one?
Absolutely focused on the job we are doing and it is important to stress
how good an advert I think that was for Scottish football, a difficult
game, and our team playing in top form. Question well handled. We will
be discussing the ongoing Rangers situation but first, Aberdeen
undoubtedly deserved winners in situation but first, Aberdeen
terms of the number of chances but it could have been a bigger squall
line had not been great form assured by Scott Fox and the Ross County
goal. He was fantastic for most of the game but particularly near the
end of the game. Really agile and quick to get in behind things aren't
always leaping about, so cynical. This is an excellent save because it
comes through bodies and his positioning is excellent. Does well
to get his hands towards it. I prefer this one because the
reactions are really good. A fantastic block. They had to do that
because certainly Aberdeen were a fantastic side but he feels sorry
because of your hard goalkeeper and having one of those days, I'm going
to get the headlines and he was three minutes away from getting
them. He did well at Ibrox last weekend but eventually outfoxed by
Shay Logan. The strange thing is, if you are Ross County you're quite
happy with them coming inside on his weaker foot, and it takes a funny
deflection when it takes the ball away from Scott Fox and the bone
deflection when it takes the ball spurs him, as he says in the
interview, and they are horrible one to try to save when the bones like
that. To be honest if it goes anywhere else, he probably gets to
that, even if it stays a fit or two of the ground, and it is because it
is on the Ben and bounces in front of him and it hits the post. It had
to be something like that. The Aberdeen goalkeeper, should he have
been on the pitch? We have seen Aberdeen goalkeeper, should he have
few of these. We have indeed. Every time, it doesn't get better. I am in
what was said the other week but he is a lucky boy. If it is anyone else
bar of the goalkeeper then I think Bobby Madden reaches for the red
card but because it is the keeper and perhaps he hasn't got the
possession, but he has ran 50 yards and you can clearly see he feels
that there is a red card. You have come to down a bit! I think Tim Chow
for Ross County was lucky to get away with it as well. Lewis has been
such an impressive performer this season than they needed it. They did
indeed. It is crazy, for all 87 minutes, then Ross County go
straight up the perch and he is called upon and an excellent save.
Such as football. Aberdeen haven't won the Scottish cup in such a long
time. In terms of how far Derek McInnis has taken this Aberdeen
side, one thing that is missing is a really great effort in the Scottish
cup. Could this be the year? There's a chance but Shay Logan was seeing
himself, Celtic. They are playing so well and not making any mistakes
generally, so you consider that beforehand. Aberdeen get through to
the quarterfinals and the League 2 side have made it all the way to the
last 16, Clyde, a club with the protest within the Scottish club,
three times they have lifted the trophy. Could they keep the dream
alive away at the United. There's something about the Scottish cup and
goalkeepers making a name for themselves. Conor Quinn only signed
yesterday but looks sharp to get to this effort. He didn't quite play a
starring role in preventing the next Ayr United assault on goal. The
inside of the post keeping it out. Cup ties also need goal-scoring
heroes and there were plenty queueing up. When the ball
eventually broke, David Gormley pounced and the League two said one
goal up and didn't he enjoy that? Despite struggling in League 2, the
Scottish cup seems to sit Clyde and the almost made it two but for the
woodwork. Ayr United have drawn eight out of their last 13 games,
would they get back into this one? Paul Cairney provided the answer.
Perhaps fittingly the last word went to the Clyde goalkeeper and this
time he kept Paul Cairney at bay. 1-1 and the try again on Tuesday.
A lot of chances in the first half and Clyde got their goal and we
showed courage to come back from that and even then a couple of
chances to win the game. After going one up we hit the post on a good
shot and if that had gone in it would have been a different ball
game. Happy enough to be in the hat. Clyde remain in the Scottish Cup, a
club with the special place in your heart. I had a fantastic time. They
had a great pedigree and beat Celtic a few years back. In the next round
and I am quite impressed with what Barry Ferguson is doing. A lot don't
want to learn their trade at that level but Barry is doing it and is
doing it wonderfully. We will see. In the long and illustrious list
surprising to know that Celtic have only won the treble three times.
Plenty of people predicting a triple their season with Brendan Rodgers's
premiership leaders are up against their season with Brendan Rodgers's
the premiership bottom side, Inverness Caley Thistle.
Nine premiership teams remain and we know for sure there will be at least
three exiting the competition by the time this round ends and one will be
from this tidy. A situation that belied Celtic
spilling points at Inverness in September. The 2015 winners will
have to go something to even force a replay from this matchup. They
weren't expected to knock Celtic out on their way to the silver two years
ago but this is a very different Celtic, a rampant Celtic. Moussa
Dembele is back in the line-up after his appearance last week. James
Forrest comes in. Liam Henderson not only won the cup last season but set
up David Gourlay's sensational winner against Rangers. Richie Foran
line changed keepers last week and he has had to do it again this week
and he opens the door for Welshmen L'Enfant Williams. Just three of
and he opens the door for Welshmen that team played on the 2015 final.
The seventh time in these two have met in the competition and it is
three apiece, all but one having taken place in the Highland capital.
17 years ago with that famous Inverness Caley Thistle three.
It has opened up for Liam Henderson. End to end. Good start in Inverness
and then Celtic ten to 11. Should have taken the shot on his left foot
but goes with the outside of his right. Scored in this final playing
appearance last season from the penalty spot, Richie Foran. Very
different view of things, the Irishman.
Through it comes firmly careless big! -- Mikael Lustig. Brilliant
finished by Mikael Lustig and on 20 minutes Celtic edge closer to the
last eight. The finish was good but the first touch is absolutely
sensational as is the pass-through. Cuts it over the defence and Mikael
Lustig makes the run of a centre for words. The first touch is sublime
and the finish equally so. He was the architect last week in Perth and
is the executioner this week. Seldom been in better form in the final
third. He signed a new deal at Celtic recently.
With the league all but wrapped up, Celtic are effectively three games
away from a treble. Simple as that. I struggled to think of who can stop
them. A pattern of play urging that we have seen plenty of grip the
afternoon. Sviatchenko poleaxed off the pitch. Retention of the ball is
fantastic as we saw against St Johnstone last weekend, 24 passes
before they actually scored. Kicking out at Scott Brown and that
is just pure petulance. I am surprised that is a yellow, a
blatant check out. Just before that, this was Sviatchenko. Again, a
really robust challenge right on the byline and that could have been a
yellow on its own. This was the byline and that could have been a
frustration spilling over. The knee first of all and that didn't work.
A terrible challenge. A terrible challenge.
That is three in the book for Inverness and a long way to go. For
me that is a red card and is a really dangerous tackle from behind.
Wraps both of his legs around. He could have given simply a really bad
injury. I think back immediately to the gym
in Israel. They were absolutely battered. Lost the game 2-0 but went
through by virtue of the 5-2 win year.
James Forrest finds Moussa Dembele! One minutes from half-time and this
tie could be done. Celtic's man of the moment. Moussa Dembele, 24th of
the season, and that will surely rubber-stamp Celtic's passage. It is
all about James Forrest again for me. Absolutely superb play and cuts
attend, not the world's greatest finish. He will be disappointed he
doesn't get a stronger hand but it is all about James Forrest. Owain
Fon Williams must do better. Celtic 27 points clear at the top of
the premiership. The record end of season margin, end of season, is 29.
Surely that is going to go and some of this season.
Sinclair gets it back. Celtic play on any way! Guess who! 3-0. It was a
fortuitous break for Celtic to get the opportunity in the first place.
When Sinclair gets the ball on the 18 yard line, good work from
Henderson. Gets the ball back after the tackle and does so well to time
inside. Cool as you like. He just knows where the goal is. That is 25
inside. Cool as you like. He just for the season. One of Celtic's men
of the season. Brilliant from Moussa Dembele. He
has had a hat-trick again, already had two this season.
He must be odds-on to get his hat-trick again. Must be.
Lovely football from Celtic. Henderson! All Williams eventually
under control. Well done because it was a more type of shot that he
messed up in the first half but a strong arm behind it. Manages to
gather it. Celtic heading for the 13th straight win. They have won 19
straight in the leak and about to go 30 unbeaten.
Forrest. Dembele racing up. Celtic looking for a fourth. It is Dembele!
It is a third hat-trick for the season. And it is 4-0 to the
unbeatable champions. And favourites for this competition.
It was almost inevitable, when he scored his second coming he set it
up with a great pass down the right-hand side to James Forrest who
did so well. Outstanding in match. He sets it up beautifully.
Right place, right time. Talk about putting it on a plate. Dembele, as
he has done now on 26 occasions, gobbles it right up.
That is slack and James Forrest is there. He should have made it five.
I can only imagine the surprise which caught him out.
He really does deserve a goal, a horrendous mistake, passing the ball
square across. As close as they have come. Really
good play from Inverness. A fantastic ball smashed right across.
Just waiting for a striker to meet that, moving across the front post.
Inverness getting bodies in. Celtic looking for number five. Of course
it arrives, Tierney. It is his first of the season. The smile from
Brendan Rodgers says it all. Celtic five, Caley Thistle zero.
They were queueing up to put it in. That man again. Standing at a
beautiful ball. A good header. A lot like the Dembele goal.
A great moments in the last game of the last season, Tierney when he
scored his first for the club, his breakthrough season.
One minute of injury time added on at the end.
Sparing Caledonian Thistle further pain. They have taken a battering
this afternoon, as many suspected they would.
Top against bottom of the Premiership. At last, Brown! What a
finish by the captain. It is six for Celtic who are not only going
through to the quarterfinals, they are racing there.
They court this -- they certainly caught this. When the ball broke for
him, he lashes it into the top corner.
A brilliant goal. That applies the varnish. Third of
the season the Scott Brown. A very important one in the Champions
League qualifier. That one simply puts the cherry on
the cake of another imperious display by Brendan Rodgers's side.
It finishes here 6-0. Inverness were aggressive, you saw
that in the game. One or two strong changes but we dealt with it. When
we had the ball, I thought we were outstanding, from behind, built the
game really well. The quality of midfield, but defensive, we were so
incisive. And obviously got our six goals.
Celtic are one of the best teams assembled. They have got pace,
quality, strength, a big squad, a manager doing a great job.
There was no stopping them today. A 24th domestic victory in a row, and
how on earth do you stop Celtic? Inverness try to go high up. I am
impressed by their bravery. The problem is if you don't get it
right, it leads to more difficulty. They are high up. A lot of energy.
Pushing all the way back there. In this position, six players in that
corner, that looks all right. The problem is, after the break by those
six players, you have a problem because it might develop some space,
of space. But they kept on going. They were trying, they were a bit
unlucky. That footwork was excellent today. If that doesn't work, you can
try intimidation. What did you make of that?
The more use it, the more you save What did you make of that?
possibly yellow card. This one is questionable. The commentator said
he thought it was a red card, quite clearly it could have been but it
was deemed a yellow. To beat Celtic, you need to take
your chances, they might only be tiny.
If he played at past now, he gets in, but he doesn't.
A tough one. You only get a millisecond. Once again, in
possession here. If you play a good pass, you might be through. Run it
on here, it doesn't get through. That is a shame. There are half
chances. If you are going to beat Celtic, you need to do that. There
are not many teams in Scotland who Celtic, you need to do that. There
can play that pass under pressure. Celtic have got them.
They are incisive. That final ball. A wonderful ball.
Lustig continues his run. A nice touch and finish.
I am going to be harsh on Fon Williams, coming out quicker, going
to his feet with his hands. He tries to stretch themselves and has opened
his legs, I'm fortunate. Dembele will grab the headlines.
James Forrest one of the stars of the show.
As a winner, you want players to fall back. It is easy for James
Forrest. He has not been engaged. The ball comes out to him. He has
covered behind. Make a tackle, but no, they back off. Taking nothing
away from James. A brilliant cross. If you keep on doing that, a Celtic
striker will get something. Tremarco is on a yellow, nothing you
can do. The intelligence from Forrest, the
timing. He is not quite closely.
Do they stay with him? No. Make a tackle before the box. No,
doesn't. A great ball. He miss it.
The one thing for me today, there have been arguments with James
Forrest, but we have seen he can deliver the ball on the money as we
see. Tierney getting his first goal of
the season. But not perfect.
The one bit of his game, disappointing, he gets into
fantastic errors but let himself down on the finish. Only the last
round where we were praising Patrick Roberts. And now we see James
Forrest stepping up to the plate. Tough for Brendan Rodgers to pick
these guys. Who will stop Celtic from winning
the trouble? As for Inverness, they had to focus on staying in the
Premiership. Of course. Then and probably six
others. There are a lot of games to go. They will be looking to put
points on the board as quickly as possible.
Do they have what it takes? There was no lack of effort.
Psychologically though. Celtic cruising through to the
quarterfinals. St Johnstone played Partick Thistle. Also coming up in
the company of Jamie Lewis. Partick Thistle have found goals
hard to come by in the League this year but it took them seven minutes
to score in this Cup tie, the St Johnstone defence might have done
better. Barton calmly taking away the cross. Another slip-up from the
Saints almost allowed Thistle to go two up. This effort deflected wide.
Frustration for him. But Thistle created more chances, a great ball
here. Dancing his way into the box. Look at that reaction from the
Saints keeper. Who was at it again later in the match, this time
keeping this header out before gathering safely from further
danger. St Johnstone started to show a bit
more urgency as they looked for the equaliser, good play from Foster.
But the shot flew wide. Foster was involved again. But no joy. As
Partick Thistle make the quarterfinals.
When you lose in Cup conditions it is never nice. The first goal is
always important. And it restarted particularly well.
At the start we made a number of changes.
It was important we started well. East Fife have been in decent form
lately and they thought they had gone ahead on the half hour but the
goal was disallowed. The Paisley club cause an upset in the last
round and were desperate to make sure they were not on the receiving
end this time around. 33 minutes in, a spot of head tennis.
Smith eventually putting them ahead. East Fife levelled, Brown bundled
down by Harry Davies. Duggan slotted home in the 54th minute.
Midway through the second half, Morgan came off the subs bench, and
inspired change as he put them in front.
With six minutes remaining in the match, he was at it again, look at
this wonderfully hit strike beating all in its wake.
East Fife did have time to score a late consolation, a late penalty.
Duggan again with the spot kick but St Mirren are through.
A difficult match, difficult conditions.
Delighted to get through. The players gave it everything. We were
against a team from a higher division who should have more
quality. We will have a special feature on
Sportscene tomorrow night. Join us at 5:45pm.
Rangers dominating the headlines this morning, in the last 24 hours,
these were the scenes at their training context. Their manager Mark
Overton resigned, telling us that wasn't the case, all highly
confusing. With us in the studio to make sense of it all is our senior
football supporter. A statement released today. What is
the current situation at Rangers? It is a mess even by Rangers's
standards. A real mess. Rangers say in a
statement last night Mark Overton resigned. He says, no. Dave King
released a statement today saying this.
Clearly critical of Mark Warburton. Rangers, third, just behind Aberdeen
on goal difference. And going on to say this.
I am told this happened at a very recent board meeting where they
questioned Mark Warburton's signings.
Dave King went on to defend his own investment in Rangers, much made
about this ?30 million he said he would invest off his own cash. He
said ?80 million of the original ?30 million has been made. Some pointing
out that has come from loans and other board Members.
Mark Overton said he did not resign. We believe he is talking to his
lawyers. It could end up in the courts.
No way back for Mark Warburton? He is well aware of that. I spoke to
him last night, five minutes after Rangers released a statement. He
said absolutely not, he has no idea where this has come from.
He is taking legal advice. Hugely confusing in terms of the mixed
signals from Rangers and Mark Warburton. What was your assessment
of the extraordinary events? A little bit like a soap opera. From
9pm, 40 minutes later, a statement from war correction-macro from Mark
Overton saying he hadn't resigned. Overton saying he hadn't resigned.
-- Warburton. Interesting to see if you will be on the touchline
tomorrow. It is a mess them. It has come as a
shock. If he was going to leave I thought it would be at the end of
the season. They will need to get someone in quickly to take over the
day-to-day proceedings. Pat, what is your view of the job
Mark Warburton has died at Rangers? They are not far off where I
expected them to be now. I didn't think they would overtake the likes
of Aberdeen because Aberdeen have had if you years to get to this
position. The expectation at Rangers is
massive. Everyone understands this, a lot of the signings haven't
worked. It's not just the fans but the ownership.
The question is who will be the next manager of Rangers?
The edits correction-macro the odds on favourite is Alex McLeish.
It should be someone who understands the club.
If you want my opinion, they need a Rangers man back, that is my
opinion. There are a lot of good managers out there. But, for me, it
needs to be someone who knows the club inside out. Alex does. He has
been a manager at Rangers, Birmingham and Scotland.
Someone who knows the club inside out. Do you agree with that, a
Rangers man? I don't think so. There are some
good names and he makes a good point. A number of people in that
list, there are plenty of good names. If you are a business, you
get the best man for the job. No matter who went before. If he
happens to have played for Rangers, so be it.
Scott, is this an attractive job, and does it affect the match
tomorrow? It is tough, they are second in the
table. Do you see them closing the gap on Celtic? It will be very tough
no matter who takes that job on. Interesting to see who wants to take
it on. Everyone is talking about Derek MacInnis. I am asking the
question, can they get him right now? I don't think so. They would
need a caretaker, will anyone on a list want to? They need to make a
commitment. Who do you go for? Derek would be a
popular choice. Alex McLeish knows the club inside out.
He would steady the ship. How much encouragement does this give to the
opposition? It often works the other way around,
players saying, let us fight. We shall see. Will we see an upset
at East End Park? Dunfermline up We shall see. Will we see an upset
against Hamilton. The last time Hamilton reached the
final, they beat Dunfermline at East End Park. One change for
Dunfermline, Martin is preferred to tall Buttner who drops onto the
bench. Three changes for Hamilton. Matthews
is preferred in goal. Brophy retains his place. There is a debut for
Skondras. Into the box, and opportunity for
Gillespie. Bingham cuts it back. Struggling to clear. MacKinnon on
the right boot. Scoring once in the Scottish Cup.
Nicely done, onto Baena who can release Brophy, chasing Ashcroft.
Getting a good shot. Staying the fingers of Murdoch.
A deceptively strong shot, onto the left foot.
Geggan scored in the first three matches this season. Working with
Higginbotham. The cross is strong. Skondras heading it behind.
A strong header off the line. And the header goes in but the referee
has whistled. It is not going to count. As the ball was being headed,
the Worcester correction-macro the whistle could be heard. A strong
header. Baena was there to get it away. The goalkeeper was impeded.
A chance for Dunfermline. McMullan. A beautiful finish set up by
Moffatt. Dunfermline pounce and A beautiful finish set up by
Hamilton are made to pay. A fifth goal of this is an former Mullen. A
really sweet finish. Good control, second touch and third touch.
Matthews came out to try to narrow the angle. He clipped it neatly into
the corner. A sparkling finish in a game that had previously been dull.
Checking his watch already. Plenty forward for Hamilton. Cutting
it back. Second touch was blocked and the goalkeeper flops on the
ball. Brophy got it away. The goalkeeper
doing well. A quagmire in the middle. The good news is it isn't
raining but starting to sleep instead.
Getting it wide. An opportunity for Hamilton, two Medard a wonderful
shot, stepping in from the right-hand as Adams... Stepping
inside on his left foot. McMullan has a chance. That was the
chance for the second. A man who sparkled in Scottish Cup
goal-scoring, couldn't finish it off here, a mistake from Devlin. Beating
the goalkeeper, and the post. Moffatt. It may come back to him, it
does. McMullan was in such a good position, you could see Moffatt
tried to calculate whether he should play it or keep it. Couldn't quite
decide. Came back to him. But Matthews made the stop.
Moffatt playing it back inside, and opportunity for Higginbotham. He
just got too excited, he knew the chance was there. That was another
golden chance for Dunfermline to make it 2-0.
Brophy go after it come headed away by Ashcroft. MacKinnon read the
presence of McMullan, get it back inside. Brophy... Deflection and a
good save by the goalkeeper. Excellent stop from Murdoch. Worked
his way. Took a wicked little deflection, good stretch from the
goalkeeper, from Ashcroft. Imrie getting the touch. The ball
flashes across. Hitting it off his own woodwork. Tall Buttner had to
take action -- Talbot. Up towards Imray, battling, goes
down. The player didn't shout for a penalty.
Redmond into the middle. A header by Bingham, touched over the top,
Murdoch has been busy in the last five minutes. Baena got the better
of Wedderburn. -- Bingham. The throw is taken quickly. Three in
the box. Headed away by Martin. Sending it wide to Baena, Hamilton
looking for the equaliser, settling for a corner. -- wide to Bingham.
The question is whether Dunfermline come to regret the passes, the
charts as they passed up. The key role with his first goal in
the Scottish cup and Hamilton axes are level. Perfectly into the
corner. Two excellent goals in this game and they have been assured,
Dunfermline one, Hamilton Accies one.
Mobbed by his team-mates. And rightly so. His first goal of the
season. Hamilton Accies left it late. What a
chance. Came right through the middle, wasn't picked up. Lovely
little ball in. Just couldn't put it down on target.
They managed to win away from home in the League Cup and Scottish Cup
respectively. Can they find a way to generate a final chance at East End
Park. Gets away! Wasn't far away, really got the power he wanted.
Great run, read the pass. New the defender was across.
The ball works its way through. Hot Kirk. McMullen! Never one to miss a
chance to have a shot at goal, the ball left behind.
Dunfermline looking for the winner. Some clear by Hamilton Accies,
beaten to the ball and up against Talbot. Going himself and it was
well read. Seeing if it will open up for him. Interception from McMullen.
On the right foot and what a great save! What a save in stoppage time
to keep his side in the Scottish cup. The chance opened up and a
great shot, on target. That difficult area, he got his hands to
it. Into the middle it comes. Battling
for it and knocked away and it is all over. A Scottish cup tie that
rarely sought as part in the first half, terrific goal from McMullen,
but it was the second half that really roared along. The equaliser
coming from Danny Redmond. John Barker exceeding his side at the
very best. Danny Redmond will be delighted with his first Scottish
cup goal, earning his side a deeply and they will do it all again on the
artificial surface. 1-1. When you look at the chances we had,
even first half, the goal from the corner shop tour. In the second half
we had 34 really good opportunities. Shots from inside the box. We just
never got East goal. The second half we had the
opportunities. It was exactly what I expected, a tough cup tied. A top
performance from us and we should be in the next round but we are not so
we have to make sure we do the same performance again. Sticky surface at
East End Park. The pitch was playing its part at times. In terms of
referees, they have been getting a bit of stick recently, mainly from
you, but Craig Thomson today, you think he got it right. I will give
him a bit of praise so he will be happy to hear this. When you see it
again, the centre forward blocking the goalkeeper, I think it is a
clear goal, but in fairness, the attacker, he backs into him and they
keeper is taking a risk, but I think we see Craig Thomson comes around
and gives the right decision in the end. You agree with that? I would
add to that that Thomson's movement is phenomenal, he sprints runs to
get a good view. Plenty of chances for Dunfermline in this match, to
put the match away, which would have been a bit of an upset? Like Alan
Johnson touched on, plenty of chances. This one, a first touch at
his feet and he can probably past the keeper, but this one is an
excellent save from the keeper in the end, spreads well, and McMullen
will be disappointed. This is three in five minutes. This is really
disappointing. I know you are a striker but there is a cutback in
exactly the way Celtic would have done it. Just because they had 15
chances before that! Do the right thing! But having said that they
were unlucky because they had the opportunities and they played quite
well. And an air of inevitability, Hamilton getting the equaliser. In
the quicksand! It looked a heavy pitch on the day and fair play to
keep this under control, takes a wicked bounce and this could have
ended up in row Z but ends up being an excellent finish. Not dissimilar
to the Shay Logan one but from this angle, probably just below his shin.
For a keeper to try to lead that is almost impossible but you take your
chances and go inside and he has got it pretty clear, but just as likely
to go over the stand but it was a good one. Certainly enough pace on
the ball. Looking forward to playing on the plastic pitch. Is that
Dunfermline's chance gone? Not at all. Hamilton have been up and down
all season so you just don't know what time is what you are going to
get, so I think if Dunfermline apply themselves like they did today, they
will feel they are well with any chance. After all that, a couple of
replays required, both on Tuesday night, and how better to spend
Valentines evening than by taking your loved one to watch Clyde
against your United or Hamilton against Dunfermline? Is actually one
match in the Ladbrokes premiership this afternoon, a 1-1 draw that
suited both sides. Tom Arnott took an early lead.
Come on move into the top six and Dundee to seventh. Highlights of
that plus all the cup action on sports team tomorrow night at 5:45pm
on BBC Two Scotland, the Edinburgh derby and Rangers against Morton.
Don't miss it. But if you do you can watch it again at 11:30pm on BBC One
and of course on I player. Or live on sports around. All kicking off at
noon tomorrow. Mouthwatering Edinburgh derby tomorrow.
A match that everybody has been anticipating this weekend and
everybody thought Hibs would win this thing. They have had a couple
of excellent results and details will be up and Hibs in recent weeks
have been excellent so I think it will be a cracking game and I will
go for an upset possibly with Hibs winning. Why do you feel that way? I
don't know, I just feel that in recent times stepping up against
better teams they seem to perform and they have certainly got a lot of
attacking threat in the team and I think they will pose a huge threats
tomorrow. Hibs obviously defending the trophy, no longer can we talk
about Will this be the year? Last year was the year but it could be
the year again for Hibs. Do they go on as underdogs? I think they are
the year again for Hibs. Do they go definitely underdogs however they
are playing well and scoring a lot of goals just now. Really impressed
with confidence and the pressure is completely off Hibs, so I am going
for the draw and go back to Easter Road and Hibs might sneak it. Pat,
Scott, thank you. That is at for tonight, back to do it all over
again tomorrow night with the Scottish Cup leaving images to last
a lifetime, we will leave you with some from today, good night.
Jonathan Sutherland presents highlights from the 5th round of the Scottish Cup.
A place in the quarter-finals was the target for the teams competing in today's matches. Celtic, the most successful team in the history of the competition, hosted the 2015 Cup winners Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Another all-Premiership clash saw Ross County take on Aberdeen, while Hamilton Academical faced a tricky tie at championship Dunfermline Athletic. Plus all the key moments from the day's other cup games.