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Monday 9th September 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

5 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured a place in round four of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup thanks to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Greenock Morton. The Caley Jags defeated Morton 5-0 in the league last week, and are unbeaten in seven matches against the Ton in all competitions. John Robertson’s side have now won five consecutive home matches in all competitions, and have scored an impressive 17 goals in the process. This run of wins is their best at the Caledonian Stadium since 2010:

20/07/19: Inverness CT 4-1 Raith Rovers (Betfred Cup)
23/07/19: Inverness CT 3-2 Cove Rangers (Betfred Cup)
10/08/19: Inverness CT 2-1 Arbroath (Ladbrokes Championship)
30/08/19: Inverness CT 5-0 Greenock Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)
07/09/19: Inverness CT 3-1 Greenock Morton (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)

3 – Airdrieonians defeated Bohemians 3-2 at the Penny Cars Stadium to secure their spot in round four of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup. Ian Murray’s side took the lead twice through Calum Gallagher, but were pegged back on both occasions, before Callum Smith netted the winning goal. The Diamonds have won two matches in a season in this competition for the first time since they won the trophy back in 2008/09. This was the sixth time that non-Scottish opposition (excluding Berwick Rangers) played at the Excelsior Stadium, but only the second time the match actually involved Airdrie.

14/08/08: Queen of the South 1-2 Nordsjaelland (Denmark)
02/07/09: Motherwell 0-1 Llanelli (Wales)
23/07/09: Motherwell 8-1 Flamurtari Vlore (Albania)
06/08/09: Motherwell 1-3 Steaua Bucharest (Romania)
08/09/18: Airdrieonians 0-1 Sutton United (England)
07/09/19: Airdrieonians 3-2 Bohemians (Republic of Ireland)

6 – Elgin City moved into round four of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup thanks to a shock 2-1 victory away to Championship side Dundee. It was the first-ever competitive match between the sides, and City came out on top thanks to second-half goals from Rabin Omar and Shane Sutherland. Gavin Price’s side are now unbeaten in six away matches in all competitions for the first time since 2006, and have equalled their best away run since joining the Scottish Football League back in 2000:

16/07/19: Alloa Athletic 3-3 Elgin City (Betfred Cup, Elgin 6-5 on pens)
06/08/19: Hibernian U21 3-4 Elgin City (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)
10/08/19: Annan Athletic 1-1 Elgin City (Ladbrokes League 2)
13/08/19: Brechin City 4-5 Elgin City (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)
24/08/19: Queen’s Park 0-0 Elgin City (Ladbrokes League 2)
08/09/19: Dundee 1-2 Elgin City (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)

11 – Stenhousemuir secured a shock penalty shoot-out victory over Welsh champions The New Saints to move into the last 16 of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup. It was the Warriors’ first ever competitive match against non-Scottish opposition (excluding Berwick Rangers). Stenny keeper Graeme Smith saved three penalties to ensure his side reached the last 16 of for the first time since 2015/16. Stenhousemuir have competed in 11 penalty shoot-outs in the Challenge Cup, a competition record which they share with Queen’s Park. Both sides have recorded seven shoot-out victories, which is also a competition record.

Stenhousemuir’s Challenge Cup shoot-out victories:

1990/91 – 1st Round: Stenhousemuir 0-0 Queen of the South (4-3 pens)
1995/96 – Final: Stenhousemuir 0-0 Dundee United (5-4 pens)
2004/05 – 1st Round: East Fife 0-0 Stenhousemuir (3-4 pens)
2007/08 – 1st Round: Raith Rovers 1-1 Stenhousemuir (4-5 pens)
2013/14 – 1st Round: Stenhousemuir 4-4 Arbroath (3-2 pens)
2013/14 – Quarter Final: Dundee 1-1 Stenhousemuir (4-5 pens)
2019/20 – 3rd Round: Stenhousemuir 1-1 The New Saints (3-1 pens)

1 – East Fife moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 1 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Forfar Athletic at Station Park on Saturday. It was the Fifers’ first away league win since January – they had four draws and three defeats in their previous seven matches on the road. East Fife and Forfar have now gone 22 league matches since they last drew with each other in the league – the sides have 11 wins apiece since a 0-0 draw in February 2011. Four points now separate the top seven sides in the Ladbrokes League 1 table:

1.    East Fife – 11
2.    Raith Rovers – 9
3.    Dumbarton – 9
4.    Falkirk – 8
5.    Peterhead – 8
6.    Forfar Athletic – 7
7.    Airdrieonians – 7