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Tuesday 24th July 2018

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in the group stage of the Betfred Cup

3 – Kilmarnock boosted their chances of topping Betfred Cup Group H thanks to a 4-2 win over Dumbarton at the C&G Systems Stadium. Killie were trailing 2-1 with 25 minutes to go but substitute Kris Boyd netted a sensational hat-trick to hand his side a crucial victory. Boyd has now scored 133 times for Killie but Saturday was just the second time he has scored a hat-trick for the Ayrshire side – the other was way back in September 2004, when he scored all five goals in a 5-2 win over Dundee United. Boyd also became the first ever Killie player to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

7 – Queen of the South made it three wins out of three in the Betfred Cup after thumping Edinburgh City 4-0 at Ainslie Park on Saturday. Queens also won their final three games of last season, meaning they have recorded six consecutive wins for the first time since August-September 2016. Stephen Dobbie netted a double to make it seven goals in three matches for the Doonhamers this season. The 35-year-old striker also scored a hat-trick on the final day of last season, which takes his tally to 10 goals in his last four games.

1 – Livingston defeated Annan Athletic 1-0 at Prestonfield to continue their bright start to the season in the Betfred Cup group stage. Livi have taken eight points from their opening three fixtures, picking up two wins plus a bonus point penalty shoot-out success against Hamilton Accies. Livi had lost their last three matches against Annan but a goal from player-manager Kenny Miller ensured his side moved a step closer to progression in the Betfred Cup. Miller's first goal in Scottish football came in 1998/99 and 20 seasons later he is still finding the net.

7 – Dunfermline Athletic picked up one of the results of the weekend, defeating Dundee 1-0 at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park on Sunday. The Pars moved to the top of Betfred Cup Group D thanks to Jackson Longridge's early goal. Dunfermline are now unbeaten in their last seven matches against Dundee in all competitions – the Dee’s last victory over the Pars came back in January 2010, when Leigh Griffiths netted a double in a 3-2 success.

1 – Cowdenbeath defeated Cove Rangers 1-0 at Central Park to keep their hopes of an unlikely qualification alive. The two sides met as recently as May in a tetchy League 2 play-off final which the Blue Brazil won 3-2 to retain their SPFL status, and Saturday's match was an equally competitive affair. David Cox's late goal handed Cowdenbeath another tight victory in Scottish football's newest rivalry, and Cowden now face Hearts at Tynecastle tonight knowing a victory would give them a very good chance of making it through.