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Monday 12th October 2020

Betfred Cup

Weekend in numbers

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

1 – Peterhead pulled off the shock of the weekend by beating Dundee United 1-0 at Tannadice in Betfred Cup Group C. Steven Boyd scored the only goal to give the League 1 side victory against their Premiership opponents. It was the first time a team outside the top two tiers had recorded a win away to top-flight opposition in any competition since Stenhousemuir defeated Kilmarnock 2-1 in August 2012. This was the Blue Toon’s first victory over Dundee United – their only previous meeting was in the Challenge Cup in September 2016 when United won 3-2.

7 – St Johnstone thumped Brechin City 7-0 to maintain their 100% record in Betfred Cup Group C. Callum Davidson’s side more than doubled their goal tally for the season – they had previously only scored six times in 11 matches. The last time St Johnstone scored seven times in a match was on New Year’s Day 1997, when they beat Dundee 7-2 on their way to winning the First Division title. It was Saints’ biggest victory in over 50 years – the last time they won by a seven-goal margin was back in August 1969 when they thrashed Partick Thistle 8-1 at Firhill in another League Cup group game.

7 – Hibernian came from behind to defeat Cove Rangers 2-1 at Balmoral Stadium and maintain their 100% record in Betfred Cup Group B. This was the first meeting of the two clubs, and Hibs secured three points thanks to goals from Jamie Gullan and last season’s Betfred Cup joint-top goalscorer Kevin Nisbet. Nisbet made it seven goals in 10 appearances for Hibs – he has now scored 64 goals in 88 games since the start of 2018/19. Hibs have won five of their six away matches in all competitions this season – their only defeat came against Celtic last month.

2 – Dunfermline Athletic moved to the top of Betfred Cup Group E thanks to a 2-0 victory over Falkirk at East End Park on Friday night. Pars captain Euan Murray scored both goals – it was the first double of his career. Dunfermline have an excellent recent record in the Betfred Cup group stage – in their last 14 matches they have picked up 11 wins, two draws (both with bonus point penalty shoot-out success) and just a single defeat, against Edinburgh City last season.

5 – Elgin City kicked off their season with a 2-0 victory over Stirling Albion at Borough Briggs in Betfred Cup Group D. Elgin won their opening game for the first time in five years – that win was also against Stirling Albion, who they beat 3-2 in the Challenge Cup in July 2015. The Black and Whites have only recorded three wins (excluding bonus point shoot-outs) since the Betfred Cup group stage started in 2016, and two of those have come against the Binos. They defeated Stirling 3-0 at home in last season’s competition, and their only other success came against Brechin City in 2016.