Scottish Cup - Fourth Round - Replay
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Scottish Cup fourth round: Ross County 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

A goal from Ross County substitute Rafa de Vita with 20 minutes remaining was enough to see off Dunfermline in their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay.

The winger replaced the ineffectual Jonathan Franks at the interval and broke the deadlock in a scrappy affair.

Faissel El-Bahktaoui squandered Dunfermline's best chance moments before De Vita's winner.

County will now host either Forfar Athletic or Linlithgow Rose in the next round.

There were few clear-cut opportunities for either side but El-Bahktaoui missed a golden one by shooting straight at Scott Fox seconds before Ross County hit the front.

It was the League One leaders' first defeat in 14 games stretching back to early October but they did not look out of place against a team two divisions above them.

The Staggies will be relieved just to be through to the next round in a season that already offers a League Cup semi-final against Celtic to look forward to.

Dunfermline started the replay the way they finished the first meeting, by going at Ross County with pace, aggression and good movement in the forward areas.

Former County winger Joe Cardle was heavily involved and a more decisive attempt at goal by him might well have put the visitors into the lead as the home defence struggled early on.

Not that the Pars backline looked any more solid when put under pressure, and a lighter touch on the ball would have brought Brian Graham an opener in 32 minutes.

Instead he hooked the ball over Sean Murdoch and the crossbar from close range, and for long spells of the opening period the Premiership side were one dimensional in attack.

They failed to impose themselves on their League One opponents, which was perhaps a reflection of the continued injury absence of first-choice strikers Liam Boyce and Craig Curran.

The quality of play did not improve much after the interval, with very few good chances created by either side until poor El-Bakhtaoui missed a glaring opportunity.

The standout player of the first game played a neat exchange of passes with Michael Moffat to go clear but he shot straight at Fox when he really should have scored.

Within a minute Ross County finally broke the deadlock when Michael Gardyne produced a telling cross from the left, Graham's physicality created space and De Vita crashed in his second goal of the season to seal County's passage into the next round.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserBooked at 71mins
  • 15Davies
  • 6Robertson
  • 12Foster
  • 17FranksSubstituted forDe Vitaat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forMcShaneat 68'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 7Gardyne
  • 9Graham
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Reckord
  • 4Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 8McShane
  • 21Woods
  • 24De Vita
  • 53Morrison

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2RooneyBooked at 36mins
  • 4McKay
  • 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcCabeat 76'minutes
  • 3Talbot
  • 7Paton
  • 6Geggan
  • 8Falkingham
  • 11CardleSubstituted forHopkirkat 66'minutes
  • 9MoffatBooked at 53minsSubstituted forWallaceat 79'minutes
  • 10El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 12Hopkirk
  • 14Byrne
  • 15Potter
  • 16Wallace
  • 17McCabe
  • 18Antoine-Curier
  • 20Gill
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,041

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Rooney (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Attempt missed. Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Hand ball by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Ross County).

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Wallace replaces Michael Moffat.

Booking

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Rhys McCabe replaces Ben Richards-Everton because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Alex Schalk.

Delay in match Ben Richards-Everton (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Ross County).

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Gardyne.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ian McShane replaces Jackson Irvine.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Andrew Geggan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Joe Cardle.

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Brad McKay (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Josh Falkingham.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Alex Schalk (Ross County) because of an injury.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Attempt saved. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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