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Scottish Cup: Ross County 2-3 Dundee United

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Dundee United 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Billy McKay (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Erskine replaces Henri Anier.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ian McShane.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Luis Maria Zwick.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

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