Highlights from the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. 2010 winners Dundee United take on St Mirren at Tannadice Park. Including a review of all the weekend's action.
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When it comes to this stage of the Scottish Cup, it is a hard task to
guess what the outcome will be. It is 2-1 Aberdeen! Last year's
runners-up, Hibernian is, did not expect to fall flat against Raith
Rovers. And lead to's Albion Rovers continue to defy expectations.
Albion Rovers scored a second. And today, Dundee United last tasted
Scottish Cup success in 2010, but Jackie MacNamara makes sense his
young sparks produced more against St Mirren at this stage, with all
cards on the table, anything is possible when it comes to the magic
of the Scottish Cup. Good evening, we are dealing with a
double dose of Scottish Cup sports scene -- programme Krug on and
tonight is no different. But Nevin and Steven Thompson joining us. And
his side would round up this weekend with a showdown against Dundee
United. The side Dundee United famously beat last playing the
Scottish Cup seven years ago. And the team from the east is not
lacking in support. They are at the far end, these other bodies. It goes
to Ferguson. And there it goes, St Mirren have
won the Cup. Jubilation of the St Mirren players and their
supporters. They are overjoyed. The underdogs have done it.
With history repeat itself or with United emerge victorious?
Commentator Paul Mitchell. All four divisions being
represented. Two top division sides so far, there's guaranteeing about
and with either competition is unfolding, would expect an extra
spring in the step. United want to prove they can dazzle after shining
so brightly with a stunning November and early November, St Mirren need
more players to shoulder the goal-scoring burden shouldered by
Steven Thompson. Dundee United held by Partick Thistle 21-1. Farid El
Alagui steps onto the bench as Ryan Gauld returns.
John McGinn was booked in both games against Queen of the South than
suspended. Paul McGowan, Kenny McLean and Eric Djemba-Djemba makes
his St Mirren debut. And stop with the Paisley Saints,
his agenda may be to secure a World Cup place with Cameron, but his
dreams may propel St Mirren pass Dundee United today. And at a time
for Ryan Gauld, two substitution appearances in his last three, back
in the starting line-up. And Steven Thompson, 13 goals so far this term.
Certainly the danger mark. Craig Thomson is this afternoon's man in
the middle. In the last three matches, the
victorious team have found the net four times.
The request is more of that, please. And bouncing off the boot their
Jason Naismith. Mark Wilson will come across this left-hand side to
take the first corner of the match. Gary Mackay-Steven had started a
run. A solid header away by McAusland. A good sliding challenge
by Paul Paton. Safety first from Darren McGregor.
Thompson, taking it down, but Cierzniak putting it away.
Almost a decent ball, but Gauld did not get there. Steven Thompson was
onside. And came through and tested the fingers and hands of Cierzniak.
Paul Paton, working towards Gary Mackay-Steven, and effective from
Conor Newton. A chance, but a good hold, Stuart
Armstrong breaking through at the edge of the box. Robertson has
already is there not as he will cause problems down the left-hand
side. -- has already served notice. Great tracking back, taken by Marian
Kello. Eric Djemba-Djemba, already one, might get a quiet word as he
wants fast. Great play into the box, and a terrific recovery challenge. I
wonder if you will be happy enough, Danny Lennon, and his Cowdenbeath
side against Dundee United in the League Cup, Cowdenbeath on the wrong
side of a 5-1 scoreline. Ciftci across, straightened by Ryan
Gauld! -- Street in. Dundee United take the lead after 21 minutes.
Djemba-Djemba could not fear the challenge, he feared a yellow card
coming. Good acceleration by Nadia Nadim G, and Ryan Gauld was another
head of the defender, the first goal for Ryan Gauld here, his seventh of
the season. -- good acceleration by Nadir Ciftci.
A penalty has been given. He was right behind the challenge, Paton
and Wilson look at each other. Kenny McLean into the box, and the two
challenges together may have been innocuous on their own, but Mark
Wilson certainly comes across with a bump and St Mirren have a perfect
chance to get back in the match. Kenny McLean has been successful
from the spot once season. -- this season. Steps up, cool as you like.
The goalkeeper the wrong way, the penalty into the right place and St
Mirren are level, 26 minutes gone. That is how to take a penalty kick.
He was turning away before the ball. Dawn into the corner. -- gone into.
Wonderful control, good save, Marian Kello. He had to look lively here,
great ball in to Gary Mackay-Steven, decent control, ball into the
ground, always making it difficult for a goalkeeper, but Marian Kello
saving it well. Great touch, sliding in was John
Souttar. That is a great ball, and a
wonderful save as well, Ciftci doing the right thing, back across the
goalkeeper, but Marian Kello realised it to, a clip all in, and a
good wave from Marian Kello. Armstrong putting the ball across,
the held up -- the header as well was delicate, but denied.
The first have to comes to a close. Ryan Gauld got the final touch to
steer United ahead after 21 minutes. The penalty calmly tucked away to
bring St Mirren level. It is level at half-time.
And at the start of the second half, Dundee United have reached the water
finals in each of the last four seasons, twice into the semifinals
pages against the Mirren, who have been at the quarterfinals in five of
the last six seasons, will something give this afternoon and go to a
replay? St Mirren, something of the replay experts, seventh of the last
11 Scottish Cup dies ending with replay is. -- replays.
Rankin with a good run, but Marian Kello guarding his post. Quickstart
to second half Dundee United. Rankin causing the problems down the left.
Nice play. Djemba-Djemba had a little nibble, and I'd yellow card
-- a yellow card. Jim Goodwin trying to can someone down, but
Djemba-Djemba just backing into Robertson.
John Rankin taking too long, breaking out wide, and Gary
Mackay-Steven thundered across. United camped in the area. Turned
away again by Marc McAusland. And up temples start to the second half
Dundee United. -- up temp. Got the crowd right into this game.
Kenny McLean missing at the first thing, like to play in a second. --
at the first time, getting to play a second.
It was pressure, pressure and more pressure and eventually Dundee
United find a way through! And Nadir Ciftci, with just one goal in his
last 12, strong with the header, an absolute onslaught from Dundee
United, and in Mirren simply could not clear the lines. Ciftci down to
Gauld, deflection across, and Gary Mackay-Steven bladed up and Nadir
Ciftci did the rest. Out to Gary Mackay-Steven was fortuitous, the
header simply powerful, Dundee United back ahead, Nadir Ciftci the
scorer. Not the start to the second half Danny Lennon imagined. Once
more from his side now. -- wants more. The pressure is telling again.
Ryan Gauld almost finishing this type of -- finishing this off.
Always looks to be in control, and Marian Kello, important fingertips.
United continue to look like you are -- looked the likelier.
Led by Marian Kello. He drew the defender. A wonderful chip across. A
bit more height, who knows? The free kick will go against Gary
Mackay-Steven. He will have to be careful, they are starting to mount
up, the fouls that he has conceded. Denied by the diving figure of
Radoslaw Cierzniak. A great delivery from Gary Teale. Steven Thompson's
header had power. The goalkeeper flung himself to the side. Paul
Paton is furious with the decision. Just enough to bowl over the player,
Kenny McLean. Just driven wide by Darren McGregor.
He is a centre-half with silky skills, he brought it down
beautifully. Plenty of power. A bit unlucky.
He ran into Darren McGregor, there was nowhere for the defender to go.
The Dundee United fans think it should have been a penalty.
Great action at the end of the match. Dundee United wanted a
penalty, did not come. It opened up for Ryan Dow, but Marian Kello keeps
St Mirren in the tie. John Rankin goes down, but there is nowhere for
Darren McGregor to go. If that is given, it is harsh. It will be an
interesting quarterfinals, all four divisions represented.
They will not have time to take the throwing, it is joy for Jackie
McNamara and Dundee United. It was the onslaught at the start of the
second half that for the difference. Dundee United win on the day and
take their place in the quarterfinal of the Scottish Cup. It finished
2-1. We had enough chances to kill the
game, some good chances in the first half, and Marian Kello made a couple
of key saves, you are maybe thinking the worst, but I am delighted to be
in the next round. They click a bit more in the final third. In terms of
the football we have played, we had a feud that failed to bring that
level of performance today. Unfortunately, it is such an
important game, and you do not get a second opportunity. It is not an
easy draw, no matter where we go. Stranraer, it will not be an easy
place to go, they will make it tough for us. Inverness, we would be
looking for revenge. It is a cup tournament, if you want to win the
cup, you have to beat everybody in front of you. I do not care who
comes, we just have to beat them. A fantastic result for Dundee
United, they through to the quarterfinals for a fifth season in
a row. Commiserations, what was your summary? We had a poor first half,
we were too worried about Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.
We were dropping deep to cover them and we let John Rankin and Paul
Paton dictate the match. Andrew Robertson and Gary Mackay-Steven had
a field day. In the second half, they put us under immense pressure
for the first ten minutes, and you could tell the golf was coming.
Then, they scored, we were under such pressure. In the last 20
minutes, we brought Gary Teale on, excellent to get him back, we
thought we might create something, but too little, too late. We did not
deserve anything. Were Dundee United he deserved winners? Buy a decent
distance. Whether they would get it back, or when they would get it
back, they got it back today, up until 75 minutes, they were the
better side. Ryan Gauld went away, but he came back. The dear city
drifted around, both of them involved.
They got to the byline so many times. It is the willingness to get
forward. We talk about the Dundee United players, Ryan Gauld needed a
lift of confidence after his difficult times, and that is a
brilliant goal. It is a great front post run, he had a good match. St
Mirren got back into the game with a penalty kick. You disagree about the
merits or otherwise! For me, it is a clear penalty. The referee is in a
wonderful position, Kenny McLean is driving with the ball, and Marc
Wilson hangs out a leg. That is where the hit happens. He has
already passed it. Has he brought him down in the box? He has run
directly into the player. It is a tough one, the referee was in a
brilliant position. He did get in the right position. But have a close
look. He placed the ball, he makes the pass. A quarter of a second
later, he is brought down. I concede your point, but I think he runs into
a group of defenders. I do not blame the referee for giving that. They
will call it a score draw! We mentioned now the seat -- Nadir
Ciftci, he has become an important player. Yes, they are all very good
footballers. I was worried about him beforehand, they were losing
confidence, but not here, the confidence was great. I am sure
about the cross. As a striker, you love that cross coming in. But you
are going to talk about defenders. It is the ideal pass, Sean Kelly
could have defended a bit wetter, opened his body up, and put Nadir
Ciftci of, but for me, I would have done the same, you get on top of the
fallback, you do not let him have the opportunity to jump, and it is a
simple goal. Before Christmas, we raved about Dundee United, they went
on a fantastic run of form, then after Christmas, it fell apart.
There were signs today that they have got the flow back. The players
getting confidence, and one of the best ways is to play one and two
touch football between each other. One touch, two touches, quick. The
defenders have not done anything wrong, and it is a great tackle to
stop it. When they were doing that, that is them back to their best. The
speed of the break is fantastic, they are coming at you from a dozen
different angles. Nadir Ciftci's movement is excellent. It is a
wonderful save. He is doing that week in, week out. How did this
affect the way St Mirren played? We were awfully deep, and when we got
forward, we did not have any numbers forward, because we were
concentrating on stopping the quality players. That is a wonderful
pass, and another great save. They are all good footballers, they all
have good vision and touches, at their best. We allowed them to play
today. In the last game against them, we did not allow them to
play. There was a chance for a St Mirren equaliser, it hit your head.
I knew I had made a good connection. It is a good height for the
goalkeeper. I would try to head that down into the ground. I got the
first bit right, but I needed another foot or so lower, and it
might have sneaked in. It was flat cap Sunday for a lot of St Mirren
fans, Eric Djemba-Djemba arrived in a storm of publicity with the fact
cap. St Mirren fans decided to copy his style. How was his debut? As a
former Manchester United player, you will get attention. He is lucky.
Have a look at where the ball is when he makes the tackle, five yards
away. He is not 100% fit, he was not moving quick enough. It is tough,
though. To get shoved into a top game, he did look off the pace. He
has got obvious quality. He is not match fit, he has not played a game
in a couple of months, he has only had three or four days training. The
sartorial choices have made a huge impact, have you got a flat cap?
Unfortunately not, but Pat does. Does it affect his nickname in the
dressing room? Not yet. Is everything nickname? We need to come
up with something. You were a St Mirren fan when they last won the
cup. This could be your last season, maybe next season. The most
frustrating thing, when Celtic were put out, it becomes wide open.
Anybody in the quarterfinals can win it, as we proved last year with the
League Cup. It was an opportunity to put ourselves in the quarterfinal,
but we did not bring enough to the game today. It was a fantastic day
yesterday, the magic of the cup very much in evidence. We start with the
Premiership sides, and there were one or two scalps along the way.
Celtic were unbeaten in their last 18 against Aberdeen, but they have
not beaten them in the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park since 1951. Not the
type Aberdeen wanted, the toughest one on paper, but not the one Celtic
wanted either. A brilliant goal from Anthony
Stokes! A wonderful touch, he battled the ball in. Celtic have the
initiative. It is parity at Celtic Park, Celtic
have finally ceded a goal, and his Russell Anderson who volleys
Aberdeen back on level terms. It is to cut -- it is 2-1, Aberdeen,
he too bored to the game on its head. A wonderful finish. What a
pass to open it up for Peter Pawlett. In off the woodwork.
It is a good ball in by blue to -- by blue -- by Van Dijk, but put
away! Considine of the post, but it stays
2-1. A glorious afternoon for Aberdeen, putting the holders out of
the William Hill Scottish Cup. A famous success for Aberdeen and
Derek McInnes, their second massive victory in the space of one week.
Obviously, you have to respect every other team that is in it, and there
will be seven other teams in that quarterfinal with the same
aspirations, just good to be in the fight.
Hibs continued their love, hate, mainly hate relationship with the
Scottish Cup, but the fate of their travelling supporters would be
rewarded. Superb breakthrough for Raith Rovers! Additives Kevin Moon
who has got them off to a flying start extra mark --!.
Striking from here, lovely, from Sam Stanton, and Hibs with a quick
response to follow behind. The second Raith Rovers goal
additives Dougie Hill that has put his side back in front! -- and it is
Dougie Hill. He is up, Hibs level once more, and Michael Nelson!
It is in the net, additives Grant Anderson -- and it is Grant
Anderson! Wonderful delivery and a wonderfully improvised by Kedah --
improvised back header! Everyone just what does that looked
against the crossbar. And tremendous victory from the Championships died.
Grandmotherly, the ex-Hearts of Midlothian man, steers his side into
the quarterfinals. It looked like business as usual
when Aaron Doran put Premiership Inverness Caley Thistle 1-0 up
against Stranraer, but on the stroke of half-time, the League One side
won themselves a penalty, and Martin Keighley and convicted, 1-1 at the
break. -- and Martin Grehan converted. In the second half, it
looked like another shock in their hands, Jamie Longworth with his
second goal of the season and Stranraer on the verge of a famous
win, but that feeling lasted about a minute, Billy McKay, who else, with
the Inverness equaliser and a replay for Stranraer. A tough game, just
one shot of beating the bigger teams, giving it one shot and we
will give it another go. Forfar Athletic had claimed the
League Cup scalp of Rangers at Station Park back in August, but
Premiership side, St Johnstone, were too much for their hosts.
Flexed in, and it is Stevie May! Good save, but Frazer Wright knocked
it in! Tried this straight -- tried the
strike, and a great effort, but off the bar.
First start for Michael O'Halloran, his first goal and St Johnstone are
at 3-0. Fantastic result for Aberdeen, and I
do not think many people saw that coming, and the two water finals --
two Cup finals will be at Celtic Park. I disappointing not to at
least make it to the final? It is the fact they will not be in either
Cup vinyl, and a real shame, because you think of the utter domination
Celtic have of Scottish football at the moment and they will only have
one of three major trophies at the end of this season, and quite
surprising, and to be out so early, I was quite shocked by it. But the
one team I thought who would have given them a game would have been
Aberdeen, more than anyone else, and the teams put out before hand looked
at Aberdeen and said they had a chance. One of the most memorable
goals scored by Grant Anderson of Raith Rovers.
What did you make of this? If he meant it, it is the nominal, not
sure if he is heading it onto an area behind him, but off the back of
his head, and if he meant it, it is wonderful. I greatly add to put it
weird he put it, an orthodox, but well done. -- great to put it where
he put it. Raith Rovers not the only club
booking a place in the last once. There would be at least one
part-time team in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup and it would be
Dumbarton who would edit over the Alloa Athletic wasps. Colin Nish
with the only goal of the game as the sons of the rock reach the
quarterfinal stage for the first time in 35 years. And it might have
been even more convincing for the visitors when goalkeeper Scott Bain
crumpled Chris Cain in the box, but Scott Bain would redeem himself,
before painless experience. -- before pain was experienced.
League One Rangers took on League One Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox.
A free kick for Templeton. Weird he is dangerous. It comes to Dean
Shiels and Rangers have the early initiative! Club said in, additives
two for Rangers and two for Dean Shiels! -- clips it in and it is
two. That is a third! No doubt surely
about the outcome of this earth round tie. Rangers come forward.
Looking to steam-rollered Duncan at the start of the second half, which
is what Lee Wallace is doing, Dean Shiels tells him to leave it and has
his hat-trick! After they are spectacular,
giant-killing of Motherwell in the previous round, Albion Rovers would
get a spectacular stroke of luck against then house in Europe, Ross
McMillan with a spectacular foul of an own goal -- against
Stenhousemuir. And Gary Phillips put the league side firmly in control.
2-0 up and Albion Rovers stilted conceding they will -- still to
concede a goal, and a chance to change that, but failing. Albion
Rovers celebrating reaching the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup
for the first time in 80 years. They are favourites now, but again, we
will take it as it comes, you want to dream big and why not? We will
give it our best shot. The draw of the Scottish Cup finals was made and
here it is... I am delighted to say, as if by
magic, the manager of Albion Rovers has joined as in the studio,
congratulations, thank you for joining us. What were celebrations
like? You'll Hibs went on long into the night, judging by some of the
text messages I got this morning. Everyone was ecstatic. What about
this joy you have with Rangers at Ibrox? What does that mean to the
club? Financially, are fantastic left in terms of what we can
generate, and I looked at it from the footballing side of things, and
my priority after the run we have been on is to get us in the best
shape to get something from the game. You have not conceded a goal
in your Scottish Cup run, unbelievable, and Gary Phillips such
a star, getting that first goal against Motherwell to beat them,
such a massive result for you guys, and he has followed it up yesterday
with another strike which was really important. What is he like, how
important has he been? He came from junior football, was playing with
Largs the soul when we signed him and he had a season last year. --
Largs Thistle. He is adjusting to playing professional football and
you will get a series of games with his performance level is a certain
level, such as against Motherwell, when he is performing well, and he
is becoming more consistent, managing himself through games a lot
better, and he has the ability to go further if he continues to develop.
And the brass tacks, how much of a payday will this be for Albion
Rovers at Ibrox? I will leave that to the chairman, but it will do a
lot put us on a better fit. If that has a knock-on effect
financially in terms of allowing me to bring in a British quality of
player, then hopefully that is something we can benefit from next
reason. At least six figures? Depends that
you put the decimal point. You will play Rangers who beat Dunfermline
4-0, a hat-trick from Dean Shiels, and how much of a challenge will
this be? A massive challenge, we have played them before when not
quite settled, but we are more organised and disciplined
defensively and will make a much better game of it this time and make
it more competitive. How much of an achievement is this for Albion
Rovers, in League Two and in the final eight of the Scottish Cup?
Brilliant, the message has to be go and enjoy it. Regardless of what
happens at Ibrox, enjoy the occasion, and try to do your best,
but a phenomenal achievement to get to the quarterfinal, brilliant to
think they could get to the semifinal and win at Ibrox, and I am
not sure whether or not--... It is a frame of mind, and we want to say
anything is possible. There is one expectancy when it is a team won
league above you, and anything is possible, and with the right mental
attitude, we have a chance. The Scottish Cup being the most wide
open for years. Astonishing, and even before the draw, this looked
like a good Scottish Cup for Rangers, getting a draw that suits
them, and this one does, if they can get past the mighty Raith Rovers to
the semifinals, and a home game as well, looking good for them, but in
the end, we are talking about money, but in the end, you are a football
man, it your players will think of one thing only, and do a job. And
there is a chance. Good luck, James. Thank you, and that is it, it is
back to league duty next weekend with the results show on Saturday
afternoon. And Premier ship highlights on Sunday night as well.
If they are half as good as this weekend, we will do all right, 19 is
remaining in the most open Scottish Cup for years, from here, good
night. -- nine teams remaining.
Jonathan Sutherland presents highlights from the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup as the 2010 winners Dundee United host St. Mirren at Tannadice Park.
Jackie McNamara's young United team have been winning plaudits for their attacking football this season. Now they're bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup for the fifth season running.
St. Mirren have also made it to the last eight for the past three seasons and came through a tricky replay against Queen of the South to reach this stage.
Plus a review of all the key action from one of the most intriguing weekends of the season.