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Monday 15th October 2018

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend

5 – Dundee United defeated Partick Thistle 2-1 at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill to kick off the Robbie Neilson era with three Ladbrokes Championship points. The Terrors had failed to win on any of their previous five visits to Maryhill, with their last away win against Thistle coming in January 2010 on their way to winning the Scottish Cup. Neilson won the Ladbrokes Championship with Hearts the last time he managed in the division - with United now only five points behind leaders Ayr United, he may fancy his chances of repeating that success in the City of Discovery.

7 – Ross County beat Montrose 3-1 at the Global Energy Stadium to seal their place in the quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup. The Staggies are unbeaten in seven home matches this season, and Craig Johnston’s goal for the Gable Endies was the first time they had conceded in Dingwall in over 600 minutes of football. County have reached the final of this competition on four previous occasions and have won it twice. However, Steven Ferguson’s and Stuart Kettlewell’s side are one of just two Ladbrokes Championship sides in the last eight (Alloa Athletic are the other) and will therefore be favourites to win the trophy for the third time.

7 – East Fife moved into the quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup thanks to an impressive 2-0 victory over Queen of the South at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium. Darren Young’s side have now won seven matches in a row in all competitions, which is their best run in over a decade. The last time the Fifers won seven on the spin was between December 2007 and February 2008 when David Baikie led them to the Third Division title. This is the seventh time East Fife have reached the last eight but they have yet to make it to the semi-finals.

10 – Edinburgh City thumped Arbroath 4-1 at Gayfield on Friday night to move into the quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup for the first time. James McDonaugh’s side have now recorded an astonishing 10 straight wins in all competitions, a run which started with their round one victory over Albion Rovers. This was the first time the Citizens had scored four goals away from home since gaining promotion to the SPFL in 2016 – the last time they scored four on their travels was an 8-2 victory over Preston Athletic at Pennypit Park in October 2015.

4 – Queen’s Park beat St Mirren U21s 4-2 at the Simple Digital Arena to seal their place in the IRN-BRU Cup quarter-finals. Mark Roberts was announced as permanent manager at Hampden on Friday and celebrated by leading the club into the last eight for just the third time. It was the first time in over two years that The Spiders had scored four or more goals in a match – the previous occasion also came in this competition when they beat Kilmarnock U20s 5-2 at Hampden.

1 – Motherwell’s Colts became the first Colt team to reach the last eight of the IRN-BRU Cup. Stephen Craigan’s men defeated Irish side Sligo Rovers 2-0 at Fir Park on Saturday to book their place in Tuesday afternoon’s draw.