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COMMENTATOR: Hibernian have won the Scottish Cup.
Good evening we've got a lot for you tonight, William Hill Scottish Cup
fourth round, one of the great weekends in the Scottish football
calendar and it's come up trumps once again. Will double as goals,
shocks and crazy celebrations. All you need to do is sit back and
enjoy. With us tonight whole 24 hours earlier than usual. Steven
Thomson and Michael Stewart. Still can't believe they made it here on
time. We start with the Premiership match at Ibrox, Rangers against
Motherwell, 26 years and Motherwell did last victory in this tournament,
eight years since Rangers last got their hands on famous old trophy.
Commentary from Paul Mitchell. COMMENTATOR: For the first time in
40 years, Rangers and Motherwell face each other in both major cup
competitions in the same season. They opened the season facing each
other in the League Cup, the reopen after the winter break with a
Scottish Cup tie. Rangers run out against Leipzig
didn't go as planned, the last game in Scotland was their loss to
Celtic. James Tavernier is out. Lee Hodgson is recalled but a surprise
start for Michael O'Halloran, linked with a move to Motherwell this week.
Motherwell ended 2016 with four points in two games, at draw against
Hamilton. Lewis was sent off in that game. The experience of steamy
Hamill and keep Lesley Will Beatty as they return. Chris Cadden also
back and start for Joe Chalmers after 15 games out injured. Cup
competitions always bring hope for the managers. Mark Warburton and
Mark McGhee together. Referee Craig Thompson checks the ball is in
order. Kenny Miller, scorer in the final last season gets as underway.
Rangers had such an impressive home run, 33 games unbeaten until the
visit of Celtic at New Year. Rangers trying to start a new run as it's
not out of play. 1991 cup winning side running through their jersey
today, Motherwell. Hodson up against Joe Chalmers. Gets
past him, plays it in. Clipped away by
think recover and might break for Wallace. Takes a deflection on the
way past. Wallace trying to mark his return to the top team with a goal.
Got back to him. Chris Cadden just doing enough. Halladay.
That's a free kick. Could be a booking here as well. It was good
play, charmers just simply holding him back. -- Chalmers. Kenny Miller
with a header. The defender didn't do a lot against Kenny Miller.
Scored in the semifinal and the final last season after a Scottish
Cup drought. Clipping the top of the bar. Samson was just convinced it
was over. Hodson on the overlap, O'Halloran wants to dig it himself.
Wonderful footwork, goes down under the challenge of Hamill and Rangers
had a shout for a penalty but the referee Craig Thompson in good
position to say no. Twinkling feet from O'Halloran, he was caught by
Stevie Hamill, that looked like a penalty. Watch the boot, cross and
catch him. At first glance looked like a stick on penalty. Fair to say
Michael O'Halloran looks surprised. Then, what centre forward wouldn't?
Just a little bit short, Cadden has read it. Louis Moult in the middle.
Clayton Geathers together. The Wallace just leaning in and the
referee will penalise him for it. Not much in it, but just enough
contact at the back. To put the player over.
Delivery is key. It was off the chest and a follow-through on to the
goalkeeper. The goalkeeper had the ball in his hands. Keith Leslie was
eager. O'Halloran. Gets away from Chalmers. O'Halloran inside his man,
he could finish it. Hannigan with the sliding challenge. Great play
from Michael O'Halloran. Motherwell back in numbers.
Jason Holt has fetched and retrieved so often in this game. Barrie McKay.
Looking to get in behind, he's going to take on the full-back. Done away
from Tate and Stevie Hamill to clear. Surprise Chris Cadden didn't
help the full-back there has Barrie McKay was taking on every which way.
He was Barrie McKay. It was well away, great play by O'Halloran. Tate
on the other side couldn't do anything about it.
Louis Moult. Waiting for something to happen. Chris Cadden is wide.
Leslie is in the box. So is Louis Moult. Good ball onto Richard Tait.
Onside Chris Cadden. Into the middle. Louis Moult! He scorers.
They have provided so little danger but the cross from Cadden and finish
from Louis Moult. 30th goal, 60th appearance and has Motherwell ahead
in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox. 74 minutes gone. Great ball flew,
played on by Rob Kiernan. And that is the perfect header from six yards
out from Louis Moult. Met it perfectly on the goalkeeper, who has
been redundant in the game, could do absolutely nothing and Motherwell
take the lead. Great cross from Cadden, the defending from Hodson
not good enough and celebration time for Louis Moult.
Motherwell's last win at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup in 1961. Five of
the last ten goals they scored against Rangers in that one victory.
Onto Kenny Miller. The chance. Great save from the goalkeeper, Craig
Samson. Alert goalkeeping. Not sure where he was going. Andy
Halliday. Waghorn had a hat-trick in the
of the competition last season. Waghorn into the middle. Kenny
Miller with a header. Stunning goal from Kenny Miller and Rangers are
level. It's been a tale of two headers and Kenny Miller powers
Rangers level. Played back on to Waghorn, great
ball in and Kenny Miller had to redirect it. Craig Samson with
absolutely no chance. Kenny Miller scoring in his third consecutive
Scottish Cup game. It was much needed for Rangers old to play for.
Five and a half minutes to go at Ibrox. 1-1.
Motherwell moving it forward, chance for Craig Clay. Blaze it off.
Opportunity, bank to MacDonald and into the middle. Could have gone
himself. Motherwell almost ahead again. Clay setup make you and
Foderingham with the save as MacDonald try to pull it inside. In
the last 20 years, Motherwell have travelled to Ibrox and just once in
the play-off victory. Given away by McManus. Chance for Kenny Miller to
win the match for Rangers and he has. . The mistake from Stephen
McManus and Kenny Miller needed no second invitation. Readers have come
from behind to lead at Ibrox. -- Rangers. The pass back to McManus,
poor ball forward and what a pass to Kenny Miller. No wonder Samson is
unhappy. Miller, you had your money on him. Beautifully finished in the
near post. Motherwell undone by an error from the boot of Kenny Miller.
Unless there's a bit of magic, Motherwell are out of the Scottish
Cup. Keith Leslie trying to find that magic.
Rangers ahead am looking for more. Kenny Miller looking for a
hat-trick. Trying to get away from Hannigan. Miller back to Windows.
Barrie McKay one said. Sets up the left foot shot. Samson keeps
Motherwell in the cup for now at least. Rangers have found a way to
get ahead. It's a familiar tale for Motherwell. They led here in the
league in August. Only two loos. It's a repeat script. McKay. Good
save at the post from Craig Samson. He was slow to get into the game
Emerson Hyndman. He set up the second goal and he set up Barrie
McKay there. So different about 20 minutes ago for Mark McGhee and
Motherwell. It was clear for the Motherwell boss. Everybody up.
Samson scented up. Three Motherwell players there is Louis Moult, the
goal-scorer, looking to get on the scoresheet for a second time. The
ball found its way through to him. Just brushed the shocked. -- rust
the shot. The full-time whistle goes at Ibrox and its Rangers who
progress. In a match that was brought to life by the header from
Louis Moult, the decisive player proved to be the Man of the Match,
Kenny Miller. Motherwell will feel this is one that got away. It was to
be Rangers's day. Finished at Ibrox. Kenny Miller 37 years young the goal
hero for the home side. Disappointing in the end for
Motherwell. After the match I caught up with the Motherwell captain. He's
a repeat of the score last match. He disappointed you what might we
thought there was a lot of things that had gone right. Going in front
but to lose to two late goals, carbon copy of the match in August,
unfortunately for us. Really disappointing but I'm sure when the
dust settles, there will be some positives to take from it. What was
the mood in the dressing room after the match, what was the manager
saying what might it was quite quiet, everybody just trying to take
on what had just happened. It will probably take a little bit of time
for the disappointment to wear. We had a support there today and to go
in front and feel comfortable, not comfortable, you know you still have
a job to do, but certainly felt like we could see the job through. We
obviously didn't quite do it. It does hurt at the moment. We spoke
yesterday about that match you had the lead in August and you felt that
match Motherwell could have actually won it. Did you feel like you could
have won today had things been slightly different? I think so.
Probably overall people will look at the position and say that Rangers
dominated a lot of that but that was part of our plan. We wanted to make
sure we got opportunities, we took them and where clinical. Louis Moult
was clinical with that chance, great header. At that point we feel
disappointed me threw thataway but the belief was out there that we
could finish the job. We never quite did it and really rub rubbing salt
in the wind that the same things happen again. The Motherwell manager
gutted after that. Speechless after the match. He didn't say anything
for half an hour. Not like him. It was a tough day for the Motherwell
boss given the manner of that defeat. Rangers deserved winners or
cruel on Motherwell on both? I think it was cruel on Motherwell, Rangers
had a lot of possession but didn't really create many chances with that
possession. When they got it to good areas more often than not the final
ball delivery was poor and yet Keith Dock about the Motherwell game plan.
They did stick to the game plan very well and were very close to carrying
out that game plan. You were quite impressed by the shape of
out that game plan. You were quite Motherwell defence as they had to
withstand a bad that I think it's fantastic
goal. His movement was exceptional. You see Rob Kiernan has got unmarked
but watch the remote, backwards forward is then backwards again, and
finally when the ball comes and he's lost his marker. Textbook striker.
It's a bad defensive goal, free ball into the cross. Josh Windus in the
left-back area. Rob Kiernan has Louis Moult but at this moment he
switched off, he's ball watching and closed off his body and when you're
doing things like that in the box, it's critical that you don't do that
cover that's about three yards. Six yards out from goal, three yards
between the toes and you will get yards out from goal, three yards
punished. Bloom all just needs one chance. He is a clinical finisher --
Louis Moult. Allowing a free cross into the box, poor setup in the
initial phase with Lee Wallace being in the middle of the park, you know
that the centre-backs were not great at dealing with cross balls. A
number of issues there. Stephen, I know you're fond of veteran strikers
having been one. Kenny Miller today, the hero for Rangers. He is the
model professional, 37 years old and for me he'd been Rangers best player
this season. Exceptional and you see his awareness. Andy Halliday's shot.
Opens up his body. His goal much like Louis Moult's goal is
exceptional striker play. Rangers poor all day in terms of getting
crosses in and why can't change that but Kenny is pointing in behind,
Bannigan things he's going in behind and at the last second gets in front
of his man and a flying header and applying celebration. 37 years of
age, should he get a new deal at Rangers? Absolutely you can only
judge him on how he's going and he's been one of Rangers's best players,
judge him on how he's going and he's scoring vital goals for them at
vital times and looks as fit as ever. Looks in great shape, does he
have the appetite to keep on going? It appears so. One of the crucial
things is, if you think about it, he scores crucial goals for Rangers, a
talisman. If you take him out of the Rangers side it's a negative, so it
would be wise for Rangers to Rangers to try to keep him for another
season. Certainly wasn't the end of the story in terms of this match.
Massive moment. West Foderingham, write to the fore, big chance for
Motherwell. It was, breakaway right after Rangers equalised and at this
moment Scott MacDonald has two players, Louis Moult and McMullan
and he almost plays it across the goal. He's thinking about hitting
it. Thinking about shooting and at the last second sees the run of
Louis Moult and tries to get it back. For a player like Scott, a top
player, there shouldn't be any confusion. One thing,
, two players and the visit behind Louis Moult, McMillan is coming to
tap it into the net. I spoke to Keith about the match earlier in the
season when Rangers beat Motherwell 2-1 and it was a late winner from
Kenny Miller. So similar today. Pretty much carbon copy. Stephen
McManus, he knows he's got a just clear that. Kenny Miller still has
work to do, really composed finish. Just get rid of it, one minute ago,
take them to a replay at far apart but tries to play our ball inside
and noses than wrong thing to do. It's a decent ball from Emerson
Hyndman, really weighted pass to Kenny. Kenny shows the composure to
tuck it away. There's a big gap in the fence for Emerson Hyndman to
slide the ball through, but it's the wait. If he plays it too hard and
runs through to Samson didn't get the shot on goal it's just the way
to read that allows Kenny Miller to step on it and play the ball in his
stride. Next, one of the great fairy tales of the cup. Bonnyrigg Rose up
against the Scottish Cup holders Hibernian in a match stained at
Tynecastle. -- staged. An incredible 5000 Bonnyrigg Rose fans in
attendance today. COMMENTATOR: For the first time in
114 years, Hibernian begin the defence of the Scottish Cup. The
much celebrated, much lauded hoisting of the old trophy last year
will forever be remembered but today brings a new challenge at the home
of their bitter rivals. However, the challenge today at Tynecastle comes
from the Junior leagues and Bonnyrigg Rose. The latest to
embrace the magic of the cup from those reaches of Scottish football,
can they stunned the holders and those reaches of Scottish football,
continue their remarkable journey in this tournament which began away
back in August. Bobby Hart on names decide that knocked out Dumbarton in
round three in the replay. The main striker is Wayne McIntosh, a joiner
by trade, the tournament's top scorer with eight. Seven of those
came in their 14-0 victory over burnt Island shipyard. Neil Lennon
has left pragmatism at home. McGinley, Keatings, Shin Ae Ahn to
Hull start and is number one keeper Marciano back from injury for the
first time since the start of December. One glaring omission is
that of Captain and cup matchwinner David Gray who is suspended thanks
to a booking collected while celebrating his historic strike.
Harsh, you'd have to say. It would be quite a shock if Bonnyrigg Rose
were able to knock out Hibs today. Bonnyrigg shooting towards the
school end of Tynecastle. Hibs wearing their change colours going
towards Gorgie Road. Quite some journey when Alan Stubbs took Hibs
on last season. Interested spectator.
Seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages, Andrew Shelley. --
Andrew Shinnie. Step away by Andrew Shinnie and it's gone in. That's a
nightmare for Michael Andrews and the holders are off and running.
To hit and hope, from Shinnie, he won't care too much about it but
that's the kind of thing when Michael Andrews went to bed last
night, he would have dreaded and Hibernian have the advantage of
Tynecastle. Backed by McGregor. Shinny. Keatings. He might fancy a
gold year. He does. Why not? Why not indeed. -- might fancy a goal here.
Stunning goal from James Keatings. And Hibs might be through already.
We've only played 14 and a half minutes. This is a wonderful goal.
Michael Andrews should have saved the first. This was a different
animal. Adam Nelson's free kick, flicked
away by McGregor. Lovely play by Donaldson, got it across. At least
he asked the question. Going to be a stoppage because
Marciano who has had his injury problems in recent times, he's down.
Taking a bit of a punt from Liam Fontaine. Donaldson over this long
throw. Touched on by Nelson, a way it goes.
From Forster. Cummings. The loose touch lets Hibs back into
possession, rampaging through enemy territory. Stevenson. As I go. The
goalkeeper spills at and Humphrey will make it three.
It has been an afternoon to forget for Michael Andrews. And Chris
Humphrey is off the mark for his new for Michael Andrews. And Chris
club. That underlines a really promising start to his Hibernian
career. And it will also surely underline Hibs's safe passage
through to the fifth round. They will be eyeing up a cricket score
now. There's only been a quarter of this game played and you fear the
worst for Bonnyrigg Rose. Robbie Horn, how disappointed will he be?
He will have wanted to at least get to half-time only two down. Penalty!
Yes it was. No matter what Jordan Forster says, he brought the
attacker to the ground. Well, at 3-0 down, there wasn't too much contact
and to be fair to Jordan Forster, perhaps the arm was outstretched
too. But it has gleaned a penalty kick for Bonnyrigg Rose. That is
going to be taken here by defender Dean Hoskins. He has scored eight
goals this season. He will enjoy that one! Bonnyrigg Rose is reduced
their arrears to two and they will feel a heck of a lot better about
themselves now. I is penalty by Dean Hoskins. You can see what it means
to the supporters at the other end of Tynecastle. It wasn't the
cleanest of takes. It is now Bonnyrigg Rose 1-3 Hibernian.
Keatings, drop of the shoulder. He always looks lively, James Keatings.
Humphrey got the third, looking for the fourth before the break. This
time Michael Andrews makes the save. It's a decisive one. As the one that
teed up Chris Humphrey for Hibernian's goal was not. The
penalty has given them renewed confidence. That came off a hand.
Dean Hoskins... Bawling and shouting. And Adam Muir is turning a
blind eye to this. That did seem to come off his hand. The consolation
of a corner, which is headed just over the crossbar. Well, well, well,
Wayne McIntosh. He had the chance. To pull it back to 3-2. He was free,
the top scorer in the Scottish Cup this season so far.
Jason Cummings is in! And it is a way off the line. -- away off the
line. What a moment again for Dean Hoskins. He must have thought that
was squirming in. The goalkeeper saved it with his leg there. It
well. Well, the Trainspotting sequel is out next week, I think it is, and
Irvine Welsh, who wrote the original book, big Hibs fan.
Humphrey picks it up. Stevenson. Great ball in! Brilliant finish. He
was bound to get on the scoresheet eventually. Jason Cummings perhaps
finishes off Bonnyrigg Rose once and for all. With his 13th of the
season. It's a wonderful finish their from Cummings. Terry fig cross
in by Stevenson, though. Famously the Man of the Match in the 2007
League Cup final. Lovely gliding play there by Andrew
Shinnie. He's going to get it back. Wasn't expecting that. Chance for
Stevenson! Well, you know Hibs are enjoying themselves if Lewis
Stevenson scores a goal. He never, ever seems to score. But there he
was. And Hibs go 5-1 up. They were fortuitously given the ball back
there and Lewis Stevenson accepts the gift. And he will have enjoyed
that. He will have enjoyed that, you can guarantee, Lewis Stevenson
rubber-stamps hit Ernie and's passage to the third round of the
William Hill Scottish Cup. Fyvie and Keatings over this Hibs
free kick. It was a foul anyway on Young by Grant Holt.
Keatings. Hibs looking for a sixth goal, great save, Cummings is there!
His second and Hibs's six. They are routed in the juniors. Grant Holt
must have thought it was his. Cummings was there to mop up.
Bonnyrigg Rose have a rout on their hands. Jason Cummings scores his
14th of the campaign. Can't get much easier than that.
Grant Holt has run away in the middle. He has picked out boil. Now
Keatings! That is seven! -- picked out Boyle. Hibs score seven at
Tynecastle! It hasn't been as long a wait as it was to lift the Scottish
Cup, but Hibs have hit seven at the home of their most bitter rivals.
James Keatings scores his second and this is a terrific finish. Grant
Holt played him in, Boyle then found him. And Hibs are running a mock in
Gorgy. -- running amok. Here goes Humphrey. Right out of it,
there. Certainly a yellow. Dean Hoskins has absolutely clocked Chris
Humphrey here. Terrible challenge in the end. Neil Lennon will not want
one of his January signings out for any extended period of time.
Keatings's free kick. It is eight, it is eight! And it is Jordan
Foster, who made his Hibs debut right here in this very stadium. --
Jordan Forster. And Hibernian are slaughtering their junior opponents.
Jordan Forster got the final touch. Really nice delivery by James
Keatings and the fairy tale, the dream of Bonnyrigg Rose, is turning
into a nightmare. Just some sloppy moments in the first half. Second
half, it was excellent. It gave the players a lift and a lot of players
got on the scoresheet as well, which was excellent. Overall I'm very
pleased. The most important thing is we're in the next round. We just
didn't start the next game. We conceded some poor as well. It was a
big disappointment to be honest, the way we performed, I thought we were
better than that. We showed in spells what we were capable of.
There was a wee spell at 3-0, we got the penalty and there was another
chance for 3-2. But you can't take anything away from Hibs, I thought
they were different class. We can only hope that Michael Andrews, the
goalkeeper, is safely behind his sofa now. I'm sure he's having a
beverage too, to try to forget about it! You heard Robbie Horn saying
they didn't start the game particularly well. He would have
been hoping desperately that they would keep the game tied for as long
as possible but for that to happen 11th minutes in his a bitter pill to
swallow. Look, this game was their cup final. This was their eighth
game in the Scottish Cup already. It was a success for them to get to
this stage and to get a game at Tynecastle against Hibs, great for
Bonnyrigg Rose. A bit of a banana skin for Hibs. But they ended up
scoring some fantastic goals. They were very professional and they
showed no complacency. We call that a knuckleball! It had swerved but it
also had some dip on it as well. Why not call? I have
-- why knuckle? No idea! Fantastic cross. When the ball comes into
Boyle, his linkup play is superb. Another good finish from Keatings
and an all-round good performance from Hibs. Hibs have a strong squad
but how bizarre would it be for Hibs if they went on to win it after not
winning it for that long? They have a manager who has got the experience
of winning the cup as a player and manager as well. I mean, I think
it's unlikely, but I don't see why they shouldn't be aiming to go far
in the competition. There's no doubt that getting promotion is the main
priority for Hibs this year. Good to see them enjoying football. One fan
in particular had a great moment to enjoy. It's just not a penalty.
There's not enough contact. You've got to allow Bonnyrigg Rose their
moment in the sun. I'm pleased he got a penalty, if I'm being honest.
They had 6000 fans. It was cold but it wasn't two scarves cold! It
was... I'm pleased they got the goal, they deserved a goal at least.
Fantastic story in terms of Bonnyrigg Rose. They had to go
through the mill just to get to this stage. The fans turned out in huge
numbers. It was a wonderful occasion for them, a junior team to get to
this stage. They've already had seven ties. You can't expect them to
get much further than that. To get a tie against one of the local big
clubs for them and to play at Tynecastle in front of 8000 fans,
that is one for the fans to savour. They round up now, taking us through
six matches involving teams from the Premiership.
COMMENTATOR: Highland league side Formartine travelled with hope but
Chris Erskine erased it with his seventh of the season. Chris -- the
Premiership side have lost very few recently and defeat always looked
unlikely. This is the warning for the Formartine defence to look away
now. Providing gifts like this to Chris Erskine is only ever going to
end one way. And just after the hour, the fourth and final nail in
the Formartine Coughlin came from Abdul Osman. Job done for Partick
Thistle, but a humbling day for the Highland League side. There was a
step up, they kept the ball well and they were excellent. They gave us
the respect we were due with them playing their full strength team.
The way they went about their business, they were excellent from
start to finish and one of the best teams we've come up against. With St
Mirren struggling in the Championship and Dundee at home, the
wise money was on the dens men. When Marcus Haber's effort was kept out,
maybe the like would be with St Mirren. 25 minutes in it wasn't
about luck but a defensive mistake and that proved costly. Saints
benefited and John Sutton coolly struck home. St Mirren sealed their
win five minutes after the break. Another slip-up from Dundee and
Stevie Mallon, who had been in impressive form all afternoon, set
up Jack Baird. St Mirren go through. Really pleased for the players, I
have said that previously, they have come in for criticism previously. An
enjoyable one for them, they can start working hard and looking to
replicate that performance. It was just a lacklustre performance. I've
not got any excuses because the best team won. We were off it all over
the pitch. Just such a disappointing performance. Kilmarnock boss Lee
Clark handed five players their debuts for the visit of Hamilton.
Including the goalkeeper on loan from Newcastle. But there was to be
no clean sheet in his first taste of Scottish football. As the referee
pointed to the spot, Osborne was looking for somewhere to hide.
Accies sub Bingham did the rest. We have done that a few times in the
league and drop points with late goals, so it feels nice to be on the
end of it. A very, very disappointing day, a cup competition
where we have gone out with a whimper, like the League Cup, so we
are very frustrated. With home advantage for the League 2
part-timers, was an upset on the cards? 25 minutes in an Elgin were
ahead, Mark Nicholson with the free kick. But their Premiership
opponents didn't panic and were soon level. Larnell Cole on the ball
showing great pace, skill and determination, to bring Inverness
Caley Thistle back into things after 32 minutes. A brilliant solo effort.
Into the second half and Inverness Caley Thistle created more chances
and the sana Doumbia -- and Lonsana Doumbouya was in the thick of it.
This pair for Elgin as Inverness Caley Thistle went ahead. The
Premiership side could have made more comfortable for themselves. Ian
Viggers with the free kick but again that bar was rattled. 2-1 is
finished, as Inverness Caley Thistle progress. What a fantastic crowd.
Over three and our vows and is fantastic and just shows the
potential of this football club. A solitary goal from Eion Jess in 1995
was the difference the last time the sides met. These times they have a
different hero. A swivel and a shot from Adam Rooney saw the home side
on their way. It was always going to be a struggle for the side propping
up the League 1 after that. Leaving huge gaps at the back is never a
great idea, especially with Niall McGinn informed. Gold nine of the
season for the Irishman. Number ten would come later. No letup from the
Dons in the second half. Morgan Neil was there to lend a hand. Up stepped
Rooney to score his 70th Aberdeen goal. He is now the club's leading
goal-scorer this century. And Aberdeen's fourth straight victory
was sealed by a fourth goal. McGinn was very much in the mood. A double
Irish double for the Dons. A good day's work. We have come through it
with a clean sheet, got amongst the goals, got some youngsters on the
pitch. A good day's work. St Johnstone ease any fears of a cup
upset with an early goal against Stenhousemuir. The ball in from
Chris Millar was met by Steven MacLean and the Perth side were 1-0
up. As half-time approached, the Premiership side doubled their lead.
Steven MacLean this time the provider and a neat backheel for
Blair Alston to seal their place in the fifth round. I'm absolutely
delighted. I'm delighted with how we went about it. We emphasised all
week the importance of the game. Emphasised in the last 48 hours the
importance of starting the game well and that set the tone for us. Teams
can come and think, these aren't up for it today, but we were right up
for it and we got a good early goal that settled us in. 2-0, clean sheet
and into the next round. I'm guessing in terms of the results of
the day for you, it is pretty obvious. Probably the biggest shock
of the day. Their three new signings, playing with a freedom and
a confidence that has deserted them in the league this season. The first
goal here from John Sutton is very that stick. When you are playing in
the league and things are not going well for you, you have got the
weight of the world on your shoulders and they played like a
different team today. Dundee's home form has been sensational, they have
won four of their last five at home. To go there and get a result, even
though Dundee were well below par... Popping up with a striker's finish.
Just how worried were you about your old club, St Mirren? Very worried. I
was thinking the signings might push them up the league a bit. They have
to take something from this game because that will give them
confidence. People like Jamie MacDonald on the bench, they have
had 35 players at Kilmarnock this season. 17 or 18 players in the
controversial one. For Jamie MacDonald not to play, that is the
big one for me. He has saved three out of his last six. He has a good
record as a penalty sub saver. I think he has been one of the top
performers for Kilmarnock over the past few years. He must be feeling a
bit of grief to have lost his place to a lonely as well. A great crowd
at Elgin, 3500 for that match against Inverness. It looked at one
point like you might have a shop on the cards. Involving the most
northerly team in Scotland, it is not Inverness, it is Elgin! That is
what the cup is about, lower league sides. We were watching it thinking
it might be an upset there, but credit to Inverness because they
have not had an easy season so far. And we will have a special report on
that match on tomorrow night's highlights programme on BBC Two
Scotland at 6:15pm. Next, Ross County's match with Dundee United
was in doubt due to heavy fog but after a couple of inspections and
plenty of pacing up and down the pitch, credit to the referee, he
decided rightly that the match should go ahead. Peering through the
gloom in Dingwall for us was Alistair
On both occasions, United came out on top. Nowadays they are a division
below their hosts, who certainly go into today's I as favourites to
progress. County's Highland derby win over
Inverness Caley Thistle gave them a win over the winter break. A return
in central defence for Paul Quinn. After a terrific unbeaten run,
United have stumbled recently and were without a win in three games,
as Ray McKinnon looks to rediscover a winning formula. Income Jamie
Robertson, Charlie Telfer. Liam Moyes was an injury concern for
County today. Thankfully for Jim McIntyre, the Northern Ireland
striker is fit enough to take his place in the starting line-up. Just
as important for United in terms of goals is Simon Murray. He might be
the biggest threat to Ross County's hopes of victory this afternoon. The
former Scotland international down the line. Woods exchanges passes
with sharp. First corner kick of the match. Martin Woods, there, to
deliver the corner from the far side for County. What a finish from
Christopher Routis! A beautiful set piece from Ross County, straight off
the training ground. Completely unmarked, the Frenchman strikes his
second goal of the season. He had all the time in the world but take
nothing away from the execution, straight into the top corner. Cammy
Bell rooted to the spot and an ideal start for Ross County.
Two county players with him and he gets a cross in and what a finish
from Tony Andreu! Just as spectacular as the goal scored by
Routis, the equaliser from Andreu must surely delight his manager Ray
McKinnon. First-time side footed finish from Andreu, the man on loan
from Norwich. Quite superb. Two terrific goals to start this match.
We have a real Scottish Cup tie on our hands here. This is Dowd running
at the United defence. He is taken down right on the edge of the box
and it will be a yellow card for Charlie Telfer and a free kick in a
very dangerous position for Ross County, just outside the box. This
is a real chance for County to retake the lead. Routis, on the edge
of the wall here. Set up for them to move away, and it is in on the
rebound from Paul Quinn! Ross County right back in front. And it is the
skipper, Paul Quinn, and the home fans delighted again. Well, Cammy
Bell just pushed the ball right back into the centre of the goal.
Although the ball was moving, he will feel he should have done better
than to not it right into the path of Paul Quinn. The foggy conditions
may not have helped the Kebe are very much there either, but a great
goal for Paul Quinn, scores his first Ross County goal of the
season. Jim McIntyre was furious at the way his side conceded the
equaliser but he will be much happier now they have regained the
lead. These Dundee United fans booing the fact that they can't see
the entire pitch! Not sure they necessarily want the game to be
abandoned. A break of the ball just outside the county penalty area, a
looping shot deflected over the crossbar. -- outside the County and
of the area. Marcus Fraser getting himself into all sorts of trouble
that, it was Charlie Telfer's shop, took a big deflection. Ray McKinnon
knows that the side have two turnaround their form in these sort
of matches to take anything from this game. This is boys, to the feet
of sharp. A switch in play now for Routis. Ball across the face of
goal, the first Ross County goal! Ross
County right in charge. It is Tim Routis Chow who has got Ross
County's third. The ball just parried out into the path of the
County player and on this occasion Tim Chow was waiting to strike the
ball into the net. Ross County very much in charge. County come forward
once more. This is boys on the right-hand side, cuts inside his man
beautifully, Liam Boyce! That is sublime from Liam Boyce! A 14th goal
this season for the Northern Ireland. And County, inside half an
hour, R4- one to the good. That really was a superb goal and a
superb finish from a man in form. The great build-up and great
execution and surely now Ross County are already guaranteed a place in
the next round. This is Telfer, just trying to get
away from Tim Chow. Has done well. Gets the shot away but straight into
the arms of Scott Fox. Battle of the number 12 is. Telfer coming out on
top momentarily. Fox gratefully accepting that one. Really slack.
Gives it to Andreu and has tucked it away and Ross County give away a
second goal right on the stroke of half-time. Tony Andreu Hess 's
second of the match. Slack play from Routis who's been so impressive for
most of the game, Jim McIntyre spoke to him a few months ago about not
getting too lax and that's what he was there as he gifts Andreu his
11th of the season. Liam Boyce, a couple of step overs,
back to the edge of the penalty area. Hit that so well but just a
yard or two over the crossbar. Good understanding from Boyce. Yard or so
over the crossbar from the Dutchman. Andreu. Tries to spread the play.
Jim O'Brien again cutting out the ball.
The past from Routis wasn't accurate enough. Andreu into the penalty
area. Swept away. United look the likely at the moment.
Andreu once more. Goes for goal. That is so close from Tony Andreu to
another rectangular goal. If you're going to score a hat-trick, you
might as well do it in spectacular fashion and he almost did so here.
Look at the movement on the ball. Good ball in and sharp with the
heather is not too far away. The County management team acknowledging
a good piece of play. Almost grabbing a fifth for county. County
has done well to work thataway. In a dangerous position and advancing.
Looks for the run of O'Brien. O'Brien has got ridge up with them.
The canny finish this match. Great O'Brien has got ridge up with them.
save but Routis on the rebound, he was a villain at the end of the
first half but he's a Ross County hero right now, second goal of the
game for Christopher Routis. It's a fifth for Ross County and surely now
the Scottish Cup tie is done and dusted. That move started in Ross
County at the left-back position. Jim O'Brien did brilliantly to pick
out Routis. Routis finished the goalkeeper often ruthless fashion
and surely now Dundee United are dead and buried.
United haven't given up at any stage but they've just been outclassed.
Especially in the first half an hour. Ross County running right.
O'Brien for Boyce. Boyce, lovely feet trying to get away. Left for
Jim O'Brien. He runs things off in terrific fashion for Ross County.
What afternoon it's been for them. 6-2 and the ball on his Ross County
debut for Jim O'Brien. Superb play from Liam Boyce. Step over play set
up nicely for Jim O'Brien and it's a wrote in the end for Ross County.
The capable of beating any team on our day and we got some good players
here. Where in the Hat, that's the only goal that we had at the start
of the day, to make sure we got through the round, tough game today.
We will see what the draw brings tomorrow. Limit we still have took
improvers at him, get the right quality to the club, that's what I'm
trying to do and we will do that. The scoreline is a little bit harsh.
We have the team and if we get a couple of good players as well. To
put the level of the team a bit higher. I think we can go and they
proved last year they can win the cup, so why not that one this year
and we will see. The cup is always strange. Today we stay in the draw
and I hope we will keep going. Great result for Ross County. Let's start
with the fog. We have been known to be critical of referees from time to
time on this programme but Kevin Clancy deserves credit because at
one point it was pretty thick between two o'clock and 2:30pm,
couple of inspections but got the right decision. He did and full
credit, took as long as he could take to make the decision and got it
right in the end. The game is definitely playable. It was
difficult for the Dundee United fans to see, you didn't hear the players
or the managers complaining and Kevin Clancy made the right
decision. Ended up seeing great goals, great victory for Ross
County. Christopher Routis with a sensational strike. Involve a lot
today and quite possibly the goal of the round here. His first touch is a
great but he adjusts his body and the volley is sensational. I don't
think he intended to bounce up in front of them but the volley is
sensational. I think it is all rather great goal, to get all the
players to run away to the front paws and create that space and I
think his first touch, I think that's good. Across the
pronunciation of Routis day. Good performance all round. He drew an
influence throughout the game, setting up the third goal for Ross
County as well, driving at the Dundee United offence and flashing
the ball across the face and I think right throughout the game we saw the
first goal, unfortunately he had a hand in Dundee United almost getting
back into the game. Must have been the fog! He will not get away with
that, I don't think, he should have seen Tony Andreu there. Right before
half-time, that was a bad one, but he performed really well and he
continued it and got this goal in the second half, composure just to
type it into the back of the net. Good performance. Fantastic result
for Ross County and a match we all expected to be quite close. Dundee
for Ross County and a match we all United have gone off the boil in
recent times. They have, the last three games the last 12 goals and
that has to be a massive concern for Raymond McKinnon, look a shadow of
the team that had a strong run through November and December and
early jingles and will be a concern. I know you still feel, Michael, they
can only concentrate on the league campaign but you still feel that
they will get promoted this season? Obviously Stewart is right, they
have a bad run, teams do that are the cause of the season but they've
got so much quality, they've also got good characters in the squad and
I would be very surprised of Dundee United don't manage to do well this
season and I fancy them to get up through the play-offs. Ten to run
them the rest of the action, once again.
It was first blood to the home side in the fourth bank fog. Nguene
Bikey's effort deflected but of course they all count.
15 minutes later, Peter McDonnell did what he does best. All square.
And he was at it again to put the visitors ahead in the second half.
And then came the chance to seal it with a penalty Cameron Brannagan
pulled McDonnell down inside the box. But he was to make amends. And
it was a save that was to prove crucial because with five minutes to
play, Bikey grabbed a brace of his own to secure a replay.
Going well in League 1, la lower fancy by some to get the better of
their Championship opponents but Dunfermline had other ideas, Nicky
Clark pouncing on Gareth Reilly's shot to put the pars one up. They
had to wait until after together second but a strike worth waiting
for. Smart backheel found Paul McMullan who wasn't shy having a
goal. A great finish from the Celtic loanee. It was more of the same from
Dunfermline in the second half and another fine finish from the
visitors, substitute Joe Cardle best time to make it 3-0 with an hour
gone. The scoreline would suggest it was game over but Alloa were not
having that and with Stefan McCluskey launched himself at the
ball here, it was game on with 22 minutes remaining. Not a bad debut
for McCluskey. Alloa then set up a frantic finish as they snatched a
second goal in added time. Greg Spens persisted but at the end it
was just too late and Dunfermline go through.
Championship third against fourth at Campillo and it was close until just
before the break. McCracken failed to clear the header and Jamie
Lindsay took advantage. If Falkirk boss Peter Houston had his head in
his hands over that defensive mishap, then you can only guess what
he thought of this just after the restart. Forbes thought his chance
had gone and he wasn't for passing up a second invitation to find the
net. Morton are now unbeaten at home. Thrilled with the result, of
course but the performance as well, particularly in the second half we
grew into the game and got better as the game went on.
This tie always had the makings of being a tight affair and so approved
and it was first blood to East Fife and quite a strike to boot. Nicky
Paterson with the volley. And why wouldn't you celebrate? Livingstone
responded. Kevin's free kick was thunderous, the saved by Ryan
Goodfellow impressive. Livingstone came close to an equaliser at the
death but agony for Dale Carrick as his effort crashed off the bar and
East Fife going to the draw. Delighted for them because they
worked so hard and for as much as Livingstone put us under a lot of
pressure at the end of the game, I thought we defended extremely well.
When you score a goal of that quality, you deserve the win. With
their United struggling in the Championship, what chance cup run,
they had to clear this header off the line early on. Ayr. Don't ever
pressing. They started to turn the screw, fingertips only denying Gary
Harkins. The last chance fell to Queens park will stop Sean Byrne is
over the bar. No goals and a replay at hand awaits. We are draw
specialists right now. We have two tonnes of these into with Mike and I
would see even today we didn't create as many chances as we would
have liked. Look like it could be a mistake for a bit of brilliance to
win the game. Especially away from home. Against a team and a higher
league, you have to compete. I think the players should hold their heads
high and move onto the next game. Two matches require replays.
In a suppose, that is the romance of the cup, two leaked to size,
Stirling and Clyde in the competition with a chance. -- two
League 2 says. A shiver Peter McDonnell not get his hat-trick and
would have sealed the game for Clyde and Starling getting the draw. Great
opportunity for the two League 2 sides and you could get a big
drawback in the next round, plenty of romance still left in the cup. In
terms of East Fife, a good run. There are in great form, nine teams
unbeaten, winning seven of them on what a goal to win the match from
Nicky Paterson. The technique to head the volley first time is
outstanding. Disappointing there was nobody there to see it! A bit of fog
there as well. Manager doing a great job, come on recently as well, Barry
Smith. Doing an exceptional job and climbing that leaked, looking at the
play-offs there. It has been a big day in the
Scottish Cup. Tomorrow is pretty big as well.
In terms of tomorrow's matches, you can't help thinking about the Albion
Rovers giant-killing attempt against Celtic. Would that go down as one of
the great, the greatest Scottish Cup shock given away Celtic have been
playing. It's very difficult to see if it's the greatest when you talk
about the history of the tournament but in terms of challenges it's a
huge one for Albion Rovers to try and overcome Celtic. Nobody else has
been able to do it in Scotland so far this season. It's a huge task
for them. For Raith Rovers and Hearts it will be a tough game for
Hearts going to Stark 's part. Raith Rovers hadn't been on a great run of
Hearts going to Stark 's part. Raith form but not an easy game for
Hearts. In terms of that match, form but not an easy game for
you'll be there commentating on it. Raith Rovers aren't in the best of
form. No but the cup gives you respite from the league and takes
the pressure. The microscope will be on Ian Catterall has had another
couple of weeks in the winter break bed in his ideas and his tactics to
his team and they've also signed four new players who might get
debuts tomorrow in the match, we have to wait and see, will be a
tough match. A lot of storylines and dynamics of this game, not an easy
place to go, a lot of new signings, Gary Locke playing his old club. It
makes for an interesting game tomorrow. How much pressure is he
under, these matches generate pressure. Mark Warburton, Rangers
were struggling, suddenly you're thinking much pressure he's under,
these matches potential problems. Of course here, people talk about
giving him time and of course he will be given time but that doesn't
mean he's never want to be judged and it's not been a great start.
Difficult tie, followed up by Celtic and Rangers in the league. It's a
big game, he wants to make sure he gets Hearts into the round. In terms
of your views on Albion Rovers 's attempt against Celtic. On paper
they don't stand any chance, do they? They have a really good record
at Airdrie's Grant were the matches played but out with that I can see
it realistically. Celtic are just so strong and dominant and they want
this treble badly. They will do everything to make sure they get it
and will approach the match in a very professional manner. It's been
another magical day in the Scottish Cup, what's been your personal
highlight? The game at Tynecastle for Bonnyrigg Rose. When you look at
the Junior side getting to the stage, to get one of the big teams
at Tynecastle, that's the highlight for me. St Mirren 2-0. Thought it
might be, very good. It's been a day of big numbers. 37-year-old Kenny
Miller the Rangers hero, 48 goals in of big numbers. 37-year-old Kenny
14 games, three Premiership sides dumped out, one big shock, until
tomorrow, good night. I've lost weight, in't I?
Aye, you're looking good.