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Tuesday 11th September 2018

Team of the Week

Craig Telfer selects his SPFL Team of the Week from Saturday’s games in the IRN-BRU Cup, with Ross County striker Brian Graham the star man.

Jordan Hart (Queen’s Park)
The Queen’s Park goalkeeper was the hero in his team’s victory over Welsh champions The New Saints, saving two penalty kicks in the shoot-out after the match finished 2-2. Hart looked assured throughout in the Spiders’ famous triumph.

Cammy Ballantyne (Dumbarton)
Cammy Ballantyne has been unavailable for the last few weeks through injury but the full-back returned to his marauding best in Dumbarton’s clash with Montrose. Even though the Sons fell to a 1-0 defeat, Ballantyne’s runs up and down the right were central to his side’s attacking play.

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic)
The experienced centre-back was the outstanding player in Alloa Athletic’s penalty-shoot-out win over Dundee United at Tannadice. Commanding and capable, Graham marshalled his team’s backline superbly throughout the match.

Michael Bolochoweckyj (Montrose)
Montrose’s central defender played well as his side narrowly defeated Dumbarton. As the Sons ramped up the pressure in the second half, Bolochoweckyj’s cool presence was vital in repelling attacks and ensuring the Mo held on to progress.

Tommy Robson (Falkirk)
While Falkirk will have been disappointed to exit the competition at the hands of Connah’s Quay Nomads, supporters can take solace from Tommy Robson’s performance at the left-back. The player worked hard and impressed going forward.

Ross Davidson (East Fife)
As East Fife unexpectedly knocked out Partick Thistle at Bayview, winning 2-1, Ross Davidson was the contest’s stand-out performer. The midfielder was everywhere and his interventions were crucial in putting his side on the front foot in the second half.

Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United)
Fraser Fyvie made his first appearance of the season as a 71st-minute substitute in Dundee United’s clash with Alloa Athletic. In his 19 minutes on the pitch, the forward-thinking midfielder showed guile and class on the ball and his return to action will be a boost to the Tannadice men going forward.

Ryan McCord (Arbroath)
As Arbroath cruised to a 3-0 victory over Annan Athletic, Ryan McCord was at his very best. Operating in a free role in the middle of the park, McCord’s use of the ball - all clever passes and sumptuous diagonals - allowed his side to dominate.

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
Who else could it be? Stephen Dobbie - the most in-form player in the country just now - scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season as Queen of the South edged past Crusaders in a 4-3 win.

Brian Graham (Ross County)
The star man in today’s Team of the Week. Ross County’s striker netted an astonishing four times before the break as his side crushed Raith Rovers 5-0. Graham’s instinctive finishing and intelligent penalty-box movement brought him four goals in 24 first-half minutes.

Allan Smith (Edinburgh City)
The summer signing from Peterhead came off the bench to secure a 3-2 win for Edinburgh City against Lowland League East Kilbride at K-Park. Trailing 2-1 with just minutes remaining, the striker grabbed a quickfire brace to take his side into the third round.