Dundee United Wrap Up The Season With Scottish Cup Win

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Dundee United wrapped up their most successful season in years yesterday by adding the Scottish Cup to their 3rd place finish in the SPL. This is only the second time Dundee United have won the Scottish cup with their other victory coming in 1994.

In front of a crowd of 47,122 Dundee United initially looked a bit nervous during a somewhat low key first half, but as it wore on they began to dominate and Ross County were forced to endure waves of United pressure and were undoubtedly happy going in 0-0 at the half.

The second half continued in a similar vein and it was no surprise when Dundee United finally broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when David Goodwillie cleverly lobbed the ball over the advancing Ross County keeper.  The goal forced Ross County to push forward and despite threatening the United goal with a fine effort by Jimmy Scott Ross never really looked likely to get back into the game and two further goals by man of the match Craig Conway sealed the victory.

Despite the scoreline it is important to recognise Ross County’s fine achievement this year. The club are based in   Dingwall which with a population of just over 5,000 makes it one of the smallest towns to support a league club in Scotland and not too long ago they played in the Highland League.

Their path to the Final included beating Scottish Giants Hibernian and Celtic which will rank amongst the biggest shocks in recent Scottish cup history. Their efforts combined with those of Gretna and Queen of the South in the competition in recent years has shown that the gap between the Scottish Premier League and the first divisions is closing and although no not top division club has won the cup since the War this will add further ammunition to those who advocate the expansion of the Scottish Premier League which has grown a bit stale with the teams playing too many games against each other. Ironically it will be Ross County who are most remembered for their efforts when the historians look back at the 2010 season.

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Dundee United To Meet Ross County In Scottish Cup Final

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In a far from enthralling encounter watched by 17,671 fans Dundee United made sure there would be a Premier League club in the final, by beating Raith Rovers 2-0 at Hampden Park on Sunday.  The result rarely looked in doubt after Dundee United took the lead in the 28th minute and they effectively killed off the tie with a second just before the hour when Andy Webster headed in from a corner. In the match Raith rarely threatened the United goal and only managed 3 attempts at goal in the game, none of which were on target.

Dundee United will now face Scottish 1st Division Side Ross County in the Final on the 15th May 2010.

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Ross County Stun Celtic In Scottish Cup Semi Final

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In one of the biggest upsets in Scottish football history Ross County – who were a Highland League club up until 1995 beat Celtic 2-0 at Hampdedn Park to reach the Scottish Cup Final. Rated at 12-1 in the pre-match betting Ross County took the game to their illustrious opponents and anyone who watched the game will have no doubts that the better team won.

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Rangers Hopes Of The Scottish Treble Dashed By Dundee Utd

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With The Scottish League Cup already in the trophy cabinet and an almost unassailable lead in the Scottish Premier League Rangers had high hopes of completing another domestic treble. However it was not to be as Dundee United grabbed a last gasp winner against an admittedly under strength Rangers team.

Dundee United will now play 1st Division side Raith Rovers in the Semi Final for the chance to play either Celtic or Ross County in the Scottish Cup Final.

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Ross County Reach The Scottish Cup Semi Final

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Thanks to a late winner Ross County have earned a Scottish Cup Semi Final place against Celtic something even their most die hard fans could only have dreamed about 15 years ago when they were becoming members of the Scottish League.
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