Scottish Cup - Quarter-Final
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Scottish Cup: Ross County 2-3 Dundee United

Billy Mckay's late goal put Dundee United into the Scottish Cup semi-final after a five-goal thriller in Dingwall.

Liam Boyce headed Ross County into the lead from close range, with Henri Anier levelling after the break.

United defender Mark Durnan was sent off for a last-man foul on Brian Graham, who buried the resulting penalty to put County back in front.

Anier equalised again before Mckay's header from Blair Spittal's cross sealed a memorable cup win.

Boyce and Graham came into the County side while Anier was included in the United line-up, a decision that had a big bearing on the outcome.

It was Boyce who set County on their way with a close-range header from a well-worked set piece as Jim McIntyre looked good to add a Scottish Cup semi-final to next week's League Cup final appearance.

United were limited to long-range efforts in the opening period, all of which were way off target as both sides showed tremendous will to get forward but perhaps lacked composure in front of goal on a tricky surface.

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce puts County in front from close range

United started the second half brightly when Anier seized on Durnan's deflected shot and fired past Woods to equalise.

It went horribly wrong for Mixu Paatelainen's side almost instantly when Durnan was ordered off for a challenge on Graham in the box. Referee Craig Thomson awarded the penalty and Graham simply slammed the ball low into the net.

All indicators suggested United's chance was gone but they went on to produce an outstanding, committed performance.

It developed into a classic Scottish Cup tie and incredibly Anier equalised for a second time when he anticipated the flight of the ball and arrived at the back post to slot home and send the large travelling support wild.

Mark Durnan
Mark Durnan was sent off after bringing down Brian Graham in the penalty area

Both sides continued to go forward with Spittal and Michael Gardyne going close but in the last minute of the 90, United sealed a famous win.

Spittal delivered accurately from the right-hand side and for the second week running Mckay netted from close range, this time with a header to send United through.

What this does for Dundee United's season remains unclear but they proved something when everything was against them.

Their priority might be staying in the Premiership but this win and performance might prove valuable on all fronts.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Woods
  • 2Fraser
  • 43Quinn
  • 15Davies
  • 12Foster
  • 17FranksSubstituted forDe Vitaat 76'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 26WoodsSubstituted forMcShaneat 61'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10Boyce
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forSchalkat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Robertson
  • 8McShane
  • 18Murdoch
  • 23Schalk
  • 24De Vita
  • 41Foden
  • 44McLaughlin

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 28Donaldson
  • 17DurnanBooked at 59mins
  • 2Dillon
  • 20Spittal
  • 6PatonSubstituted forKnoyleat 66'minutes
  • 14Dow
  • 3Dixon
  • 8RankinBooked at 75mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 26AnierBooked at 57minsSubstituted forErskineat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ofere
  • 11Erskine
  • 12Knoyle
  • 15Murray
  • 22Fraser
  • 31McGovern
  • 54Sinama-Pongolle
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,052

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Dundee United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Dundee United 3.

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Dundee United 3. Billy McKay (Dundee United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blair Spittal.

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Billy McKay (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Erskine replaces Henri Anier.

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ian McShane.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Luis Maria Zwick.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Raffaele De Vita replaces Jonathan Franks.

Attempt saved. Paul Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

John Rankin (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Ian McShane (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Schalk replaces Brian Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Kyle Knoyle replaces Paul Paton.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Dundee United 2. Henri Anier (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Rankin.

Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy McKay (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ian McShane replaces Martin Woods because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Dundee United 1. Brian Graham (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Mark Durnan (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Ross County. Brian Graham draws a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Dundee United 1. Henri Anier (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Durnan.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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