Scottish League Cup - Final
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Scottish League Cup final: Hibernian 1-2 Ross County

Ross County celebrate winning the Scottish League Cup
Ross County lifted the Scottish League Cup for the first time

A 90th-minute Alex Schalk goal delivered Ross County's first piece of major silverware as they beat Hibernian to lift the Scottish League Cup.

Hibs controlled much of the opening half, but fell behind to Michael Gardyne's goal after he broke free of Mark Oxley and Liam Fontaine.

Fontaine redeemed himself, scoring Hibs' equaliser just before half-time.

However, it was the defender's poor clearance that allowed Schalk to score the winning goal at the death.

Jim McIntyre opted to line his side up in a 3-5-2 shape that they had not used before this season, but which the coaching staff had seen other sides use well against Hibs this season.

The play was frantic and urgent from the outset. Players were performing by their wits rather than any pre-planned strategy, and Jason Cummings' resourcefulness was almost telling when he lifted a 30-yard shot goalwards that Gary Woods had to move smartly to tip over the bar.

Liam Fontaine (right) celebrates his goal for Hibs
Liam Fontaine had put Hibs level at 1-1 at Hampden

A counter-attack by County saw Schalk try to play Gardyne through. The pass was misplaced, but Jackson Irvine regathered possession and he did find Gardyne. Fontaine's tackle only moved the ball away from Oxley, allowing Gardyne to prod the ball into the empty net.

The goal was against the run of play, but Hibs did not allow it to unnerve them. Darren McGregor might have equalised, but headed over from a good position at the back post. Cummings also saw a hooked shot saved by Gary Woods in the County goal.

A set-piece ought to have been a chance for County to rely on their organisation at the back, but there was a lack of command as a corner was fired into the penalty area and Fontaine rifled the ball into the corner of the net.

Alex Schalk prods home a last-minute winner for County
Alex Schalk prodded home a last-minute winner for County

The County players left the field at the interval looking dejected. Hibs would have felt that the momentum was in their favour, and Cummings and Anthony Stokes both had early chances to fire their side in front.

The introduction of Brian Graham for the ineffective Liam Boyce provided County with a greater presence up front and somebody to build attacks around. The forward thought he had scored when he out-jumped Oxley to nod the ball in from close-range, but he was harshly judged to have fouled the goalkeeper.

Yet in the final moments of the game, with Schalk and Gardyne having suffered from injuries, County found the means to win the final. The latter's break down the left saw Fontaine send his clearance straight to Schalk, who finished from close range to secure the first major trophy in County's history.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 3Henderson
  • 6BartleyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBoyleat 90+4'minutes
  • 30ThomsonSubstituted forKeatingsat 76'minutes
  • 18McGinnBooked at 84mins
  • 35Cummings
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 9El Alagui
  • 14Handling
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 29Dagnall
  • 32Virtanen

Ross County

  • 21Woods
  • 2Fraser
  • 43Quinn
  • 15Davies
  • 12FosterSubstituted forFranksat 85'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 8McShaneSubstituted forMurdochat 79'minutes
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forGrahamat 59'minutes
  • 23Schalk

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 6Robertson
  • 9Graham
  • 13Konopka
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 24De Vita
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
38,796

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 1, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary Woods.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Gray (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Marvin Bartley.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 1, Ross County 2. Alex Schalk (Ross County) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  12. Post update

    Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jonathan Franks replaces Richard Foster.

  14. Booking

    John McGinn (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

  19. Post update

    (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

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