The Scottish Cup semi final draw on Monday was slightly unisual in the fact that 8 teams were still in it as none of the 4 ties had been settled. The holders Dundee United have managed to avoid Celtic and assuming they can beat Motherwell wil be favourites to reach the final again having drawn St Johnstone or Brechin.
Celtic who’s match at Inverness was postponed on Saturday will probably face Aberdeen who themselves have to overcome St Mirren to reach the semis.
Although its not often wise to predict at this stage we feel a Celtic v Dundee United final looks on the cards.
The semi-final ties will be played on the weekend of 16-17 April.
Full Scottish Cup semi-final draw:
Dundee United or Motherwell v Brechin or St Johnstone
The 3 Scottish Cup Quarter Final matches which were playe this weekend ended in draws while Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic was postponed.
Aberdeen left it late in their tie at St Mirren scoring their equaliser in the 93rd minute, while Dundee United & Motherwell fought out an entertaining 2-2- draw.
Result of the round and possibly of this seasons competition to date however was Brechin’s excellent 2-2 home draw against SPL side St Johnstone with Rory McAllister grabbing the equaliser in the 78th minute to give the Scottish League 2 side a money spinning replay.
The attendance here was an impressive 3,472 which to put it into perspective is around half the population of Brechin as recorded in 2010!
In a game which was plagued by bad tempers and sendings off, Celtic grabbed a well deserved win to maintain their push towards the Scottish domestic treble with a 1-0 win against arch rivals Rangers.
Rangers were dire as they struggled to come to terme with the early pace and they rarely managed to get out of their own half for much of the first half. This inevitably led to frustration and soon the fouls began to pour in and the biggest surprise of the match was that it took referee Calum Murray 27 minutes to issue the games 1st yellow card with Rangers Whittaker gaining the dubious honour. Overall the referee showed the yellow card 10 times and Diouf’s sending off after the final wisthe meant that 3 rangers players als0 saw red.
The dire display inevitably spilled over into the dug out and the 57,847 were almost reated to a free boxing match as The respective managers Ally McCoist & Neil Lennon squared up.
So its onwards in the Cup for Celtic, while Rangers can focus on trying to get back on track in the league and will have the chance to reek revenge soon enough as the two will meet again in the Scottish League Cup Final on 20th March.
For the record Rangers managed 1 attempt at goal in the whole match and didn’t gain any corners.They might also wish to reconsider their decision to play El-Hadji Diouf in the future as he seems to be more trouble than he is worth.
Stranrear earned a potentially lucrative tie against Premier League Motherwell after beating Stenhousemuir 4-3 in a thrilling Scottish Cup Replay. Behind after 17 minutes Stranrear battled back to lead 4-2 at one stage and looked comfortable, however a 90th minuter Stenhousemuir goal made for a slightly nervous finish. The game only attracted 521 fans, however the Motherwell game should boost the clubs finances somewhat more.
Morton had a fairly easy time of it at Airdrie United largely dominating possession and eventually running out comfortable 5-2 winners. The attendance here was 1,033. They will now travel to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the next round.
Both ties are scheduled for Saturday, 5 February 2011.
After a spate of postponements due to the recent poor weather two of the delayed Scottish Cup 3rd Round replays took place last night and the games produced plenty of goals for the brave spectators who turned up.
After gaining a credible 2-2 draw at Airdrie United in the first game it looked like a night of humiliation for Beith as they went 4-0 down within 47 minutes against their League opponents. However as often happens in the Cup things soon changed. First Stephen O’Keane pulled a back on 62 minutes and then John Craig added a second thanks to a fine long-range strike.
This seemed to make Airdrie a little nervous and those nerves were tested further as Tony Fraser tapped in after 80 minutes to pull the score back to 4-3.
Beith were then reduced to 10 men when Brian McKeown was sent off and Airdrie hung on for a win their 1st half performance merited. They will now face a trip to Greenock Morton in the next round.
The nights other game also produced 7 goals but was a bit more one sided as Scottish Second Division high flyers Brechin City made short work of 3rd Division Annan Athletic. Brerchin were ahead after 2 minutes and although Annan leveled things up soon after they found themselves 4-1 down at half time. Annan puled a second goal back after 55 minutes thanks to Andrew Aitken but they never looked likely to get back into the game and it was Brechin who rounded off the scoring hitting their 5th in the 83rd minute leaving the final score 5-2. They will now travel to Queen of the South in round 4, which should attract a better crowd than the 512 which saw this tie.
Annan Athletic had an easy 5-0 win over Scottish non league side Preston Athletic yesterday effectively killing off the game with a 4 goal first half blitz. In the other games Arbroath lost a bad tempered game at home to Montrose 3-2 AET a game which had 8 bookings and 2 sending offs. The home side trailed 2-0 at half time but fought back well in the second half scoring 2 quick goals. However Montrose grabbed the 3rd round place with a goal near the end of extra time.
The other games played were:
East Stirling 4-0 Forres Mechanics & Whitehill Welfare 4-3 Wick Academy in which Whitehill had 5 players booked.
Clydach based Scottish Non league side Sunnybank pulled off one of the best results in the Scottish Cup today winning 1-0 at Scottish Div 3 promotion hopefuls Albion Rovers thanks to a Nicky Gordon goal after 10 minutes.
Other notable results included Bo’ness winning 2-1 against Queen’s Park, coming back from a goal down and credible draws for Preston Athletic against Annan Athletic and Forres Mechanics v East Stirling (both games finished 0-0).
There were plenty of goals in the round with Beith beating Glasgow University 7-1, Stranraer beating St Cuthbert Wanderes 9-0 and Wigtown & Bladnoch v Buckie Thistle finishing 1-7.
The following is a list of the Main British Domestic Football Cup competition winners in 2009-10:
FA Cup – Winners Chelsea Runners Up Portsmouth Score 1-0
League Cup – Winners Manchester United Runners Up Aston Villa Score 2-1
Scottish Cup – Winners Dundee United Runners Up Ross County Score 3-0
League Cup – Winners Glasgow Rangers Runners Up St Mirren Score 1-0
Welsh Senior Cup – Winners Bangor City Runners Up Port Talbot Town Score 3-2
Irish Cup- Winners Linfield Runners Up Portadown Score 2-1
League Cup Winners Glentoran Runners Up Coleraine Score 2-2 (Glentoran won 4-1 on Pens)
Republic of Ireland
FAI Cup – Winners Sporting Fingal Runners Up Sligo Rovers Score 2-1
No major shocks apart from Sporting Fingal’s excellent result. They were only formed in 2007 so to win the FAI cup so soon is a great achievement. They will play in the Europa League in 2010-11 season.
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.
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.