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.
In front of a crowd of 24,535 Ross had marginally the better of a goal less first half in which Celtic seemed content to sit back and hope to pick County off on the break with Robbie Keane’s pace. However these tactics were slightly naive and it was no surprise when Steven Craig struck in the 55th Minute to give Ross County the lead. Celtic manager Neil Lennon tried to change things around after falling behind and they probably should have equalised through Fortune about 10 minutes latter but his shot was deflected wide. Celtics miserable season was crowned in the 88th minute when Ross having survived Celtic’s onslaught went 2-0 up through Martin Scott who got on the end of a lovely cross to volley the ball into an empty net.
So now Ross County can look forward to meeting the winner of the Dundee United v Raith Rovers semi final while Celtic, who’s fans were leaving in droves before the final whistle will have no Silverware to add to their trophy cabinet this year.
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