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 3-0 Ross County | Scottish Cup final (guardian.co.uk)