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Irn-Bru Cup
#81
We need to send this colts team packing out of the tournament. Nothing but a comprehensive victory to put last week's result into the distant past.

C'mon the Staggies!
 
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#82
Fair chance that we’d beat the Motherwell first team. If we field a fairly decent side we’ll win by 5+ goals.
 
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#83
Well, that's us through.
Quote:God bless the Stag Men and Children.
 
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#84
Draw to be made on Wednesday, could be a long wait for the semi final with bohemians refusing to play because their season is over. East fife now have to wait for the next Irish season to begin( whenever that may be) to play their 1/4 final.
More great planning by the leaders of Scottish football, I'd have preferred to have got this cup out of the way ASAP so that it's not overlapping crucial last 1/4 of season/Scottish cup games.
 
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#85
Irish league starts February. Did not hear about Bohemians, is that the case? May as well kick them out?
 
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#86
First up, credit to Motherwell Colts for their impressive display against what was effectively a County reserve team (Draper, Fraser, Lindsay and Cowie were the only players who would normally be first team starters). Well were a big physical side who at times played very good football. They were also excellent defensively throughout. They chased, harried and closed down quickly, giving County not much time on the ball and were more physical in midfield against their lighweight County counterparts (Tony Dingwall, Lindsay, Cowie and McManus).

Despite County dominating possession in the first half and pinning their hosts back for long periods, it was the home side who had the better chances before the break. Motherwell were unlucky not to be ahead at the interval.

There was very little goalmouth action in the opening 20 minutes, with County struggling to get in behind a well drilled and organised home side. Not helped by the lack of pace in the County side down the flanks and there being no long balls directed at Graham/Stewart to test the young home defence. Instead County persevered with their normal passing game, That proved to be ineffective as they were given no space by their eager hosts.

Well had the first real chance midway through the half when Watson latched onto a sliding pass down the left to get behind Marcus Fraser. His close range shot was kept out by the legs of Munro. The spilled ball was booted clear by Draper.

A few minutes later County had their first real chance when a Graham header connected with a corner from the left and flashed inches past the post.

On 38 minutes a home counter attack led to a pacy delivery from the left flank by the impressive Hastie. His cross flashed across the six yard box with home player Scott just failing to connect.

Two minutes before half time Marcus Fraser's low shot from 20 yards out was held by home keeper Morrison.

In the next minute, play swung to the other end as Watson did well to make space for himself to line up a shot from the edge of the D. His effort was on target and was deflected off a County player for a corner. Big home centre back Mbulu connected with the corner. His free header from eight yards out came back off the post with Munro beaten...........

The game exploded into life early in the second half, within a ten minute period that saw three goals and a red card !

Four minutes after the restart, Dingwall was put through on goal inside the left side of the box by a Stewart pass. His angled shot was diverted onto the post hitting a home hand on the way before going out. Instead of giving what should have been a penalty -right in front of the County support- the ref. instead pointed for a corner. Justice was served when Cowie's corner from the left was headed by Draper at the back post back across goal for Stewart to divert into the net.

Well equalised almost immediately when a Livingstone free kick from 22 yards out was expertly executed over the County defensive wall, dipping into goal off the underside of the bar.

Seconds after the goal was scored Cowie collapsed to the ground inside the box. None of us saw what happened, but as a result home defender Mbulu was sent off. Rumours of a punch being thrown. The home support vented their fury at the referee for the dismissal. They also very loudly booed Cowie thereafter- every time he touched the ball- for the remainder of the game.

The red card galvanised County who restored their lead within two minutes, when Stewart expertly glanced a header into the net from 8 yards out, connecting with a Cowie delivery from a corner.

Despite having a one man disadvantage - and an age and experience disadvantage - Well continued to be resolute and continued to play well on the counter. They lacked that bit of composure / quality in the final third with the limited remaining half-chances that came their way.

As the game went on the hosts inevitably tired. County should have and could have scored further goals but were denied by a mix of good goalkeeping, poor decision making in the final third and by the referee who somehow missed a blatant hand ball, right in front of him, in the home penalty box.

Home keeper Morrison brilliantly parried a high, close-range McManus piledriver out for a corner on the 66th. minute. The County utility man has showed trickery to get into the penalty box and run towards goal at speed.

The other second half County chances of any note were a powerful Lindsay strike with 10 minutes left- which stung the hands of the keeper-and a close range chip by McManus- directed at Dingwall on the goal line on 88 minutes-which the keeper did well to hold at height.

Not a great performance by County's second string against a team they should have comprehensively beaten, given their marked differences in age and experience. However, we are into the last four of the competition, and that's all that matters. No injuries and Job done, in a game that was a no win situation for the co-managers

Lastly, well done to the Nottingham lads who travelled up to join the away end today.
 
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#87
The red card is an absolute joke. The Motherwell highlights clearly show the Motherwell running into Cowie, and barging him over. I suspect Cowie made the most of it, and that’s why the Motherwell fans gave him pelters, but it really doesn’t alter the referee’s decision. The referee’s looking straight at it, but it’s a yellow at most. Calling it a punch is absolutely laughable.

Motherwell look to have a decent development side.

Rather wonder if Stewart has earned a start with that performance. Also noticed that McManus was playing wide right, with Dingwall on the left. Suggests DKD might start again against Dunfermline.
 
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#88
(, 07:32 AM)Savage Henry Wrote: The red card is an absolute joke. The Motherwell highlights clearly show the Motherwell running into Cowie, and barging him over. I suspect Cowie made the most of it, and that’s why the Motherwell fans gave him pelters, but it really doesn’t alter the referee’s decision. The referee’s looking straight at it, but it’s a yellow at most. Calling it a punch is absolutely laughable.

Motherwell look to have a decent development side.

Rather wonder if Stewart has earned a start with that performance. Also noticed that McManus was playing wide right, with Dingwall on the left. Suggests DKD might start again against Dunfermline.

Any news on Vigurs injury guys ,
On McManus speedy indeed

(11-17-2018, 10:44 PM)Fyrish-stag Wrote: First up, credit to Motherwell Colts for their impressive display against what was effectively a County reserve team (Draper, Fraser, Lindsay and Cowie were the only players who would normally be first team starters). Well were a big physical side who at times played very good football. They were also excellent defensively throughout. They chased, harried and closed down quickly, giving County not much time on the ball and were more physical in midfield against their lighweight County counterparts (Tony Dingwall, Lindsay, Cowie and McManus).

Despite County dominating possession in the first half and pinning their hosts back for long periods, it was the home side who had the better chances before the break. Motherwell were unlucky not to be ahead at the interval.

There was very little goalmouth action in the opening 20 minutes, with County struggling to get in behind a well drilled and organised home side. Not helped by the lack of pace in the County side down the flanks and there being no long balls directed at Graham/Stewart to test the young home defence. Instead County persevered with their normal passing game, That proved to be ineffective as they were given no space by their eager hosts.

Well had the first real chance midway through the half when Watson latched onto a sliding pass down the left to get behind Marcus Fraser. His close range shot was kept out by the legs of Munro. The spilled ball was booted clear by Draper.

A few minutes later County had their first real chance when a Graham header connected with a corner from the left and flashed inches past the post.

On 38 minutes a home counter attack led to a pacy delivery from the left flank by the impressive Hastie. His cross flashed across the six yard box with home player Scott just failing to connect.

Two minutes before half time Marcus Fraser's low shot from 20 yards out was held by home keeper Morrison.

In the next minute, play swung to the other end as Watson did well to make space for himself to line up a shot from the edge of the D. His effort was on target and was deflected off a County player for a corner. Big home centre back Mbulu connected with the corner. His free header from eight yards out came back off the post with Munro beaten...........

The game exploded into life early in the second half, within a ten minute period that saw three goals and a red card !

Four minutes after the restart, Dingwall was put through on goal inside the left side of the box by a Stewart pass. His angled shot was diverted onto the post hitting a home hand on the way before going out. Instead of giving what should have been a penalty -right in front of the County support- the ref. instead pointed for a corner. Justice was served when Cowie's corner from the left was headed by Draper at the back post back across goal for Stewart to divert into the net.

Well equalised almost immediately when a Livingstone free kick from 22 yards out was expertly executed over the County defensive wall, dipping into goal off the underside of the bar.

Seconds after the goal was scored Cowie collapsed to the ground inside the box. None of us saw what happened, but as a result home defender Mbulu was sent off. Rumours of a punch being thrown. The home support vented their fury at the referee for the dismissal. They also very loudly booed Cowie thereafter- every time he touched the ball- for the remainder of the game.

The red card galvanised County who restored their lead within two minutes, when Stewart expertly glanced a header into the net from 8 yards out, connecting with a Cowie delivery from a corner.

Despite having a one man disadvantage - and an age and experience disadvantage - Well continued to be resolute and continued to play well on the counter. They lacked that bit of composure / quality in the final third with the limited remaining half-chances that came their way.

As the game went on the hosts inevitably tired. County should have and could have scored further goals but were denied by a mix of good goalkeeping, poor decision making in the final third and by the referee who somehow missed a blatant hand ball, right in front of him, in the home penalty box.

Home keeper Morrison brilliantly parried a high, close-range McManus piledriver out for a corner on the 66th. minute. The County utility man has showed trickery to get into the penalty box and run towards goal at speed.

The other second half County chances of any note were a powerful Lindsay strike with 10 minutes left- which stung the hands of the keeper-and a close range chip by McManus- directed at Dingwall on the goal line on 88 minutes-which the keeper did well to hold at height.

Not a great performance by County's second string against a team they should have comprehensively beaten, given their marked differences in age and experience. However, we are into the last four of the competition, and that's all that matters. No injuries and Job done, in a game that was a no win situation for the co-managers

Lastly, well done to the Nottingham lads who travelled up to join the away end today.

Thank you for that
 
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#89
Thanks for reports. It's always good to hear from people who were at the away games.

I'm glad we won. I'm happy we're in the semi-final and it's been useful to give non-first team regulars a game, but, now with the latest Bohemians farce, even Mickey Mouse wouldn't be that bothered if he won the cup or not .
It'll be interesting if a team from Wales or Ireland wins the Scottish Challenge Cup this year.
 
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