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Summary

  1. 15 group matches in Betfred Cup
  2. McKay & Waghorn goals for Rangers v Annan
  3. Murray hat-trick as Dundee Utd hit six v Cowdenbeath
  4. Big wins for Dunfermline, Falkirk and Alloa

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Match reports and round-ups of tonight's action can be found on the website later. Meanwhile, join us for the second leg of Celtic's Champions League qualfier tomorrow evening. Can they make Lincoln Red Imps look small this time and recover from the 1-0 first-leg horror show?

Meantime, Edinburgh City, promoted from the Lowland League to League Two, make their entrance to the League Cup at home to Livingston - ironically the last senior club to be housed at Meadowbank Stadium when they were Meadowbank Thistle.

Hopefully that all made sense and you are finding the group stage as enthralling as Euro 2016 was! Okay, maybe on a smaller scale.

Group H

Greenock Morton head the group with five points and already it is looking like a straight battle between themselves and Kilmarnock, who defeated Clyde on Saturday, for that top spot.

Group G

St Mirren are in control in Group G after two straight wins. Premiership outfit Hamilton Accies, who were one of the sides not playing tonight, are stuck at the bottom.

Group F

Rangers and Stranraer are out in front with two straight victories. After their defeat by Rangers on Saturday, Motherwell will have to target League One outfit Stranraer if they are to chase runners-up spot.

Group E

Queen of the South are out in front with two straight victories. It looks like a straight fight between themselves and Partick Thistle for top spot, with the Glasgow side three points behind with a game in hand. Queen's Park, though, will still hope to figure after bouncing back with a win away to Stenhousemuir. 

Group D

Raith Rovers are out in front with maximum points from two games, but Alloa Athletic and Ross County also have maximum points after playing one game less.

Group C

Dundee United are top with five points, but Dunfermline Athletic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle are two behind with a game in hand. Arbroath and Cowdenbeath already look out of it.

Group B

There's a four-way tie in with one win apiece for Falkirk, St Johnstone, Brechin City and Stirling Albion, but the Bairns and Stirling have played one more game.

Group A

East Fife lead Group A with five points, with League One rivals Peterhead two behind after their respective victories. Championship outfit Dumbarton surprisingly sit bottom, with Premiership Dundee having a lot to do to top the group but with a game in hand over the Fifers.

Jack the lad

St Mirren celebrate Jack Baird's winning goal
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Jack Baird scored St Mirren's winning goal against Ayr United

St Mirren manager Alex Rae

On BBC Radio Scotland

"We found it difficulty to get any intensity tonight.

"It was really warm out there and there was no spark.

"But I thought we dominated the second half and wee Lewis Morgan was sensational at driving at people.

"We have put ourselves in a decent position in the group now."

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon

On BBC Radio Scotland

"The boys kept up a high temp and I'm delighted with the win.

"We played some nice stuff. 

"Simon Murray scored a hat-trick tonight. He is hard working and that will do his confidence a world of good.

"I thought Lewis Toshney was immense bombing up from right back."

FULL-TIME

Scores

Group A: Dumbarton 0-2 East Fife; Peterhead 2-0 Forfar Athletic

Group B: Brechin City 2-1 Stirling Albion; Falkirk 3-0 Elgin City. 

Group C: Dundee United 6-1 Cowdenbeath; Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Arbroath. 

Group D: Alloa Athletic 4-0 Cove Rangers; Raith Rovers 2-1 Montrose. 

Group E: Queen of the South 2-0 Airdrieonians; Stenhousemuir 0-2 Queen's Park. 

Group F: Rangers 2-0 Annan Athletic; Stranraer 3-1 East Stirlingshire. 

Group G: St Mirren 1-0 Ayr United. 

Group H: Berwick Rangers 0-0 Albion Rovers (4-5pens); Greenock Morton 1-0 Clyde.

Full-time (Penalty shoot-out)

Berwick Rangers 4-5 Albion Rovers

Albion Rovers take the bonus point after the penalty shoot-out away to Berwick Rangers. That is the Coatbridge side's second League Cup draw, having lost their shoot-out to Greenock Morton on Saturday.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall

On BBC Radio Scotland

"They had the penalty, which was the best chance of the game.

"It was a poor game of football and to lose so late is disappointing as it was eaksy peaksy.

"We are four or five players short of what we need and that showed."

Falkirk manager Peter Houston

58th birthday boy on BBC Radio Scotland

"It is important to bounce back, especially as we played it like a friendly on Saturday.

"It could have been more and that is a slight disappointment."

FULL-TIME

All the games are now over apart from the late kick-off at Peterhead and that penalty shoot-out.

Penalty shoot-out

Berwick Rangers 0-0 Albion Rovers

Berwick and Albion Rovers are into a penalty shoot-out...

GOAL

Stranraer 3-1 East Stirlingshire (Kyle Turner)

Two goals in stoppage time give Stranraer a victory over the Shire.

MISSED PENALTY

Berwick Rangers 0-0 Albion Rovers

The visitors pass up a glorious chance from the spot to avoid more penalties. Paul Willis takes the kick but it hits the upright and bounces to safety.  

GOAL

Stranraer 2-1 East Stirlingshire (Frank McKeown)

FULL-TIME

Dundee United 6-1 Cowdenbeath

RED CARD

Raith Rovers 2-1 Montrose

Montrose striker Chris Templeman is sent off for foul and abusive Language.

FULL-TIME

St Mirren 1-0 Ayr United

GOAL

St Mirren 1-0 Ayr United (Jack Baird)

The Buddies look to have stolen it in stoppage time as Jack Baird forces the ball over the line.

GOAL

Dundee United 6-1 Cowdenbeath (Henri Anier)

Henri Anier makes it half a dozen for United by rounding the goalkeeper to score after having hit the net on Friday against Arbroath.

RED CARD

Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Arbroath

Arbroath's Ricky Little is sent off for a bad tackle.

GOAL

Falkirk 3-0 Elgin City (Bob McHugh)

John Baird sets up Bob McHugh for a third Falkirk goal.

GOAL

Raith Rovers 2-1 Montrose (Lewis Vaughan, pen)

Lewis Vaughan scores from the penalty spot, his second goal in two games.

GOAL

Brechin City 2-1 Stirling Albion (Alan Trouten)

Alan Trouten scores at the back post after being picked out by Ally Love  

Barking Barton

Rangers 2-0 Annan Athletic

The moment Rangers fans have waited all summer to see. Joey Barton making his Ibrox bow and already pointing the finger.

Joey Barton
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Shoot-out prospects

Five games are still level and heading for a bonus-point penalty shoot-out.

FULL-TIME

Stenhousemuir 0-2 Queen's Park

FULL-TIME

Alloa Athletic 4-0 Cove Rangers

HITS THE WOODWORK

Queen of the South 2-0 Airdrieonians

Aidan Smith cracks a shot off the post for Queen of the South.

GOAL

Greenock Morton 1-0 Clyde

Thomas O'Ware scrambles the ball home after a corner to the back post as Morton eventually make a deserved breakthrough against the Bully Wee.

GOAL

Dundee United 5-1 Cowdenbeath (Simon Murray)

Simon Murray completes his hat-trick after being set up by Lewis Toshney.

GOAL

Rangers 2-0 Annan Athletic (Martyn Waghorn)

Martyn Waghorn eases any Rangers nerves with the striker's low finish - his second goal in two games - from a Lee Hodson pass.

Martyn Waghorn
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MISSED PENALTY

St Mirren 0-0 Ayr United

Stevie Mallan's spot kick is saved superbly by Ayr goalkeeper Greg Fleming.

Stevie Mallan (right)
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Stevie Mallan (right) missed a spot kick for St Mirren