Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Dunfermline Athletic 2-2 Ross County

League One leaders Dunfermline held Premiership Ross County to a breathless Scottish Cup draw at East End Park.

Alex Schalk put the visitors ahead in the fourth round tie after being teed up by strike partner, Brian Graham.

A terrific strike from Faissal El Bakhtaoui levelled for the Dunfermline, before Brad McKay felled Schalk in the penalty box to concede a spot-kick, duly dispatched by Graham.

McKay redeemed himself by heading an equaliser for the Pars after the break.

County were shorn of strikers Craig Curran and Liam Boyce through concussion and a broken hand respectively, with Schalk and Graham proving more than able deputies, combining for both of the Highlanders' goals.

Schalk was laid-on by Graham to smash in his powerful opener in the first five minutes.

But El Bakhtaoui equalised brilliantly as he evaded challenges inside the box, continuing on his route to goal in spite of defending that may have won him a penalty, and slotting beyond Scott Fox.

In an end-to-end encounter, County were soon ahead again, when McKay dived in unnecessarily on Schalk, and was adjudge to have fouled the striker.

After Graham netted from the spot, the Pars piled on the pressure with a series of corners, but could not draw level before half-time.

McKay, on loan from St Johnstone, did make one of those corners count shortly after the break with his headed effort beating Fox.

Michael Paton ought to have nudged Dunfermline ahead for the first time when the ball ricocheted into his path in the box, but he directed his effort straight at the County stopper.

Michael Gardyne too might have done better with a left-foot effort in the closing stages, although the ball appeared to bobble before the midfielder let fly.

And in the dying minutes, El Bakhtaoui saw another fine individual effort clatter downwards off the crossbar before it was cleared from the goalmouth.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Rooney
  • 4McKayBooked at 26mins
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 3Talbot
  • 7Paton
  • 6Geggan
  • 8Falkingham
  • 11Cardle
  • 9Moffat
  • 10El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 12Hopkirk
  • 14Byrne
  • 15Potter
  • 16Wallace
  • 17McCabe
  • 18Antoine-Curier
  • 20Gill

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserSubstituted forFosterat 62'minutes
  • 5BoydBooked at 36mins
  • 15Davies
  • 3Reckord
  • 7Gardyne
  • 26WoodsBooked at 63mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forFranksat 62'minutes
  • 9Graham
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forMcShaneat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Robertson
  • 8McShane
  • 12Foster
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 21Woods
  • 53Morrison
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,439

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

  4. Post update

    Shaun Rooney (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

  7. Post update

    Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  9. Post update

    Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Rooney (Dunfermline Athletic).

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    Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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    Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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    Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.