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Monday 22nd July 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

3 – Ross County defeated St Johnstone 2-1 at McDiarmid Park to move a step closer to qualifying for the last 16 of the Betfred Cup. County are one of just four sides with a 100% record in the competition, and the only ones with three wins out of three. Billy Mckay scored both of the Staggies’ goals – he has netted in each of his side’s matches this season and is joint top goalscorer in the competition with four. Mckay has rediscovered his goalscoring form since his return to Dingwall – Sunday’s double was the fifth time he has scored two or more in a game for County since the start of last season.

Billy Mckay’s County doubles
14/08/2018: Heart of Midlothian Colts 1-2 Ross County (2 goals)
29/09/2018: Dundee United 1-5 Ross County (3 goals)
27/10/2018: Ross County 5-0 Greenock Morton (3 goals)
26/02/2019: Ross County 3-2 Ayr United (3 goals)
21/07/2019: St Johnstone 1-2 Ross County (2 goals)  

13 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle boosted their chances of Betfred Cup progression by beating Raith Rovers 4-1 at the Caledonian Stadium. The Caley Jags have an incredible record against Rovers – they are unbeaten against the Kirkcaldy side in their last 19 meetings. Incredibly, Saturday’s success was their 13th consecutive win over Raith in all competitions, a run which started with a Scottish Cup win in January 2003. This is Inverness’ longest winning run against any opponent since they were founded in 1994.

Inverness CT’s winning streaks v a single opponent:
13 - Raith Rovers (Jan 2003 – present)
11 – Brechin City (May 1998 – present)
9 – Greenock Morton (Mar 2001 – Nov 2013)
8 – St Mirren (Mar 2002 – Nov 2003)
6 – Gretna (Aug 2003 – May 2008)

6 – Stranraer thumped Berwick Rangers 6-0 at Stair Park to keep up their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Betfred Cup. It was the Blues’ biggest ever win in this competition – they had never previously won a League Cup match by more than a five-goal margin. However, Stranraer have been no strangers to a high-scoring victory in recent years – this was the seventh time this decade they’ve scored six or more times in a competitive fixture, including 9-0 wins over both St Cuthbert Wanderers and Wigtown & Bladnoch.

Stranraer scoring six in the 2010s:
23/10/2010: Stranraer 9-0 St Cuthbert Wanderers (Scottish Cup)
27/08/2011: Montrose 0-6 Stranraer (League)
22/10/2011: Wigtown & Bladnoch 0-9 Stranraer (Scottish Cup)
10/12/2011: Stranraer 6-0 East Stirlingshire (League)
12/11/2013: Ayr United 3-6 Stranraer (League)
16/08/2016: Stranraer 7-1 Spartans (Challenge Cup)
20/07/2019: Stranraer 6-0 Berwick Rangers (League Cup)

0 – Lowland League champions East Kilbride sprung a major Betfred Cup shock by holding Premiership side St Mirren to a 0-0 draw before coming out on top in the bonus point penalty shoot-out. Kilby have previous for Betfred Cup shocks – they also beat Queen of the South on penalties in 2017 – however this was their first ever success against a top-flight club. It was the second year in a row that Saints have been held to a draw by a Lowland League side – they also drew with Spartans last season, although on that occasion they won the shoot-out. Non-league sides recording draws or victories over top-flight sides has happened just 13 times since World War II, and just five times since 1960.

Non-league wins/draws against top-flight opposition since 1960:
28/01/1961: Elgin City 2-2 Airdrieonians (Scottish Cup)
01/02/1967: Elgin City 2-0 Ayr United (Scottish Cup)
15/02/1992: Inverness Caledonian 2-2 St Johnstone (Scottish Cup)
17/07/2018: St Mirren 2-2 Spartans (League Cup, 5-3 pens)
20/07/2019: East Kilbride 0-0 St Mirren (League Cup, 6-5 pens)