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Friday 25th September 2015

11 extra-special cup performances

Terrace Scottish Football Podcast chieftain Craig Fowler highlights 11 stand-out performances from the midweek League Cup action.

There were 31 goals across this week's Scottish League Cup fixtures, including Ross County's 7-0 demolition of Falkirk, a triumphant Hibs performance in knocking out Premiership leaders Aberdeen and a cracking extra-time win for Morton.
Terrace Scottish Football Podcast chieftain Craig Fowler highlights 11 stand-out performances from the midweek League Cup action.
Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone)
To counter-attack the high defensive line of their hosts, Tommy Wright stationed his flying winger in a two-man attack, and boy it worked a treat. The speedster was a nightmare for Rangers to deal with as he played a part in the opening goal, created an open goal chance for Steven MacLean (who somehow missed) and netted the third after sprinting away from Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan.
Dave Mackay (St Johnstone)
Three away goals at Ibrox there may have been, but St Johnstone built the platform for success on a stellar defensive performance. Despite having a lot of the ball, the hosts never did much of note with it, as captain Mackay led a unit which looked impenetrable until James Tavernier popped up with his obligatory goal.
Saidy Janko (Celtic)
The former Manchester United youngster is looking quite the prospect after shining for Celtic once again in their League Cup victory over Raith Rovers. He continually bombed up and down the right wing, sending in cross after cross, while also remaining solid in defence.
Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock)
While his side may have eventually succumbed to a 3-2 exit at the hands of Hearts, Magennis did himself proud with a terrific performance and two goals leading the Kilmarnock attack. It's clear the Northern Irishman's pace gives Kilmarnock more dynamism and fluidity going forward, with the home attack causing Hearts all sorts of problems before the late collapse.
Liam Boyce (Ross County)
A hat-trick. In 10 minutes. In a 7-0 win. It's fair to say Boyce had a good Tuesday night. Although it shouldn't be too much of a surprise - he and County have had a terrific start to this campaign, with the trio of goals against Falkirk taking the striker's tally to nine for the season. County would likely have won by more had they not substituted Boyce at 6-0 with still 30 minutes of the game remaining.
Stewart Murdoch (Ross County)
The summer signing was brought into the starting XI for the visit of Falkirk and was one of many stand-outs in the 7-0 victory. His runs down the right brought second-half goals for both Brian Graham and Darren Holden, each being their first for the club.
Liam Fontaine (Hibernian)
Hibs knew they'd have to be at their best defensively to halt the Aberdeen juggernaut, though it's doubtful even the more optimistic of fans would have expected a clean sheet against Scotland's top side. It was achieved in no small part thanks to the performance of Fontaine. The centre-back won every ball that came his way and marshalled the defence en route to a 2-0 victory.
John McGinn (Hibernian)
An all-action performance from the midfielder in Hibs' 2-0 victory against Aberdeen. Wednesday's visitors are renowned for their hard work and fitness, though nobody matched the industry of McGinn, who continually supported defence and attack, won his fair share of tackles, and contributed to the score with a good bit of vision to send Dominique Malonga on the run that would secure the game-sealing second goal.
Alex Samuel (Morton)
The on-loan Swansea striker was a constant pest to the opposing defence in Morton's shock 3-2 victory over Motherwell. He also netted two goals of high quality, slamming into the roof of the net for his first before deftly diverting home a Denny Johnstone cross to put his side ahead in extra time.
Michael Tidser (Morton)
The Cappielow favourite has been operating on the right of midfield since his return to the club this summer. It's not his natural position but he does appear to be feeling his way into the role, with a superb showing against Motherwell a strong case in point. Along with a great performance, he scored what proved to be the eventual winning goal in the Ton's 3-2 victory.
Scott Fraser (Dundee United)
While Dundee United fans have not had a lot to cheer about recently, they have been greatly encouraged by the play of their young midfielder. Against Dunfermline on Tuesday, Fraser once again stood out above all others, even managing to score his first goal of the season, which came at a crucial juncture after the match shifted into extra time.
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