2010 Scottish Challenge Cup Final

2010 Scottish Challenge Cup Final
Event 2010–11 Scottish Challenge Cup
Date 10 April 2011
Venue McDiarmid Park, Perth
Referee Euan Norris
Attendance 5,124
2009
2012

The 2010 Scottish Challenge Cup Final was played between Queen of the South and Ross County at McDiarmid Park, Perth. Ross County won 2-0. The game had been postponed from November to April due to inclement weather.[1]

Queen of the South beat Peterhead 2–1 in their semi-final[2] and Ross County beat Partick Thistle 4-3 on penalties after their semi-final ended at 2–2.[3]

Appearances in previous finals[]

Queen of the South have appeared in the final twice before, winning the 2002 final 2-0 against Brechin City, but losing the 1997 final 1-0 to Falkirk. Ross County have appeared in three Challenge Cup finals to date, defeating Clyde on penalties in the 2006 final[4] but losing the 2004 final to Falkirk,[5] and the 2008 final to Airdrie United on penalties.[6]

Both teams have recently appeared in the Scottish Cup final. Queens were beaten 3-2 in 2008 Scottish Cup Final by Rangers. County were beaten 3-0 by Dundee United two years later in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final.

Postponement[]

The game was originally scheduled to be played on 28 November 2010. However the game was postponed at noon the day before the game after consultation with police voicing concerns over weather conditions particularly on the A9.[7] Due to the Scottish football referee strike, the original fixture was scheduled to be officiated by foreign officials. The revised final date was 10 April 2011.[8]

TV coverage[]

The match was televised live on BBC Alba.

Match summary[]

The game was played in unseasonally warm conditions with bright sunshine and a good natured atmosphere generated by both sets of fans. An early goal gave County a dream start but it was a nightmare for Queens and in particular goalkeeper David Hutton. Asked to deal with a routine passback by Queens captain David Lilley, a combination or poor decision making and poor ball control on Hutton's part allowed Andrew Barrowman to exert pressure and dispossess him. Barrowman easily rolled the ball into the empty net from one yard in the eighth minute to make the score 1-0 against his former club.[9]

Queens only exerted pressure in the five-minute period leading up to County's second goal when they forced goalmouth scrambles. However a swift County counterattack led to a ball from the right wing, with Iain Vigurs scoring from close range in 39 minutes to make it 2-0.[9]

County were deserved winners without having to exert themselves against a Queens side who were easily second best in all departments and short of ideas other than aiming long balls at Derek Holmes.[9]

Match Details[]

Queen of the South 0 – 2 Ross County
Report Barrowman Goal 9'
Vigurs Goal 39'
McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 5,124
Referee: Euan Norris
Queen of the South
Ross County
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH:
GK 1 Scotland David Hutton
CB 2 Scotland Craig Reid
LM 3 Scotland Bob Harris
CB 4 Scotland Ryan McGuffie
CB 5 Scotland David Lilley Yellow card
CM 6 Scotland Stephen McKenna Yellow card
RM 7 Scotland Daniel Carmichael Substituted off 72'
CM 8 Scotland Paul Burns
CF 9 Scotland Derek Holmes
CM 10 Scotland Allan Johnston
CF 11 Scotland Willie McLaren
Substitutes:
GK 12 Scotland Roddy McKenzie
MF 14 Scotland Ian McShane
DF 15 Scotland Steven Black
FW 16 Scotland Steven Degnan Substituted in 72'
FW 17 Scotland Ryan Smylie
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Brannigan
ROSS COUNTY:
GK 1 Northern Ireland Michael McGovern
RB 2 Scotland Gary Miller
LB 3 Scotland Marc Fitzpatrick
LM 4 Scotland Paul Lawson Yellow card Substituted off 90'
CB 5 Scotland Scott Boyd
CB 6 Northern Ireland Johnny Flynn
RM 7 Scotland Michael Gardyne Substituted off 87'
CM 8 Scotland Stuart Kettlewell
CF 9 Scotland Andrew Barrowman Yellow card Substituted off 90'
CM 10 Scotland Richard Brittain
CF 11 Scotland Iain Vigurs
Substitutes:
FW 12 Scotland Steven Milne Substituted in 87'
FW 14 Scotland Gary Wood Substituted in 90'
FW 15 Scotland Steven Craig
DF 16 Scotland Scott Morrison Substituted in 90'
GK 18 Scotland Joe Malin
Manager:
Scotland Jimmy Calderwood

Road to the final[]

Queen of the South

Home team Score Away team
Round 1 Queen of the South 2 – 1 Albion Rovers
Round 2 Dunfermline Athletic 1 – 1
5 – 6 (pens)
Queen of the South
Quarter-final Queen of the South 5 – 0 East Fife
Semi-final Peterhead 1 – 2 Queen of the South

Ross County

Home team Score Away team
Round 1 Elgin City 1 – 2 Ross County
Round 2 Ross County 3 – 1 Greenock Morton
Quarter-final Forfar Athletic 0 – 2 Ross County
Semi-final Ross County 2 – 2
4 – 3 (pens)
Partick Thistle

References[]

  1. ^ "Alba Challenge Cup Final: Queen of the South 0 Ross County 2". Daily Record. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Peterhead 1-2 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 2010-10-09. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Ross County 2-2 Partick Thistle (4-3 pen)". BBC Sport. 2010-10-10. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Ross County 1-1 Clyde (aet)". BBC Sport. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Falkirk 2-1 Ross County". BBC Sport. 2004-11-07. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Airdrie Utd 2-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Alba Cup Final is OFF" www.qosfc.com 27 Nov 2010
  8. ^ "Challenge Cup final rescheduled for 10 April" BBC Sport 17 February 2011
  9. ^ a b c "Queen of the South 0 - 2 Ross County" www.qosfc.com 11 April 2011 Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.