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Monday 10th May 2021

Weekend in numbers

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

2 – Raith Rovers defeated Dunfermline Athletic 2-0 at Stark’s Park to move into the semi-finals of the Premiership play-offs. This is just the second time in seven attempts that Rovers have won a two-legged play-off tie since the format was introduced – their only previous success came against Forfar Athletic in 2018/19 Championship play-offs. John McGlynn’s side now have three wins and a draw in their last four derby matches against the Pars in Kirkcaldy. Raith will face Dundee on May 12 & 15 for the chance to take on the 11th-placed Premiership club.

2 – Montrose defeated Morton 2-1 in the Championship play-off semi-final, first leg, at Links Park on Saturday. This was the Gable Endies’ first victory over Morton since February 1996, when John McGlashan scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory at Links Park in the Scottish Cup. In five meetings since then, Morton had picked up four wins and a draw. Montrose have lost all three of their previous play-off semi-final ties – their only previous win over two legs in the play-offs came against Brora Rangers in the 2014/15 League 2 play-off final. Cove Rangers and Airdrieonians drew 1-1 in the other semi-final, and both second legs will take place on Tuesday.

1 – Edinburgh City are in pole position for a place in the League 1 play-off final after defeating Elgin City 1-0 at Borough Briggs in the first leg on Saturday. The Citizens were knocked out in the semi-final stage by Clyde in 2018/19 in their only previous participation in the League 1 play-offs, but they have tasted play-off success before, having gained promotion to the SPFL after beating East Stirlingshire in the League 2 play-offs in 2015/16. Edinburgh City are now unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Elgin, picking up six wins and four draws. In the other tie, Stranraer and Dumbarton drew 0-0 at Stair Park. The second leg of both matches will take place on Tuesday night.

15 – Hibernian defeated Dundee United 2-0 at Hampden to make it to their 15th Scottish Cup final. It will be the Hibees’ first cup final since they won the Scottish Cup in 2016 – they defeated the Terrors in the semi-final that season, too. Hibs are now unbeaten against Dundee United in eight matches in all competitions, picking up six wins and two draws since their last defeat in December 2016. Kevin Nisbet opened the scoring for Jack Ross’ side – he has now scored four times in his last five matches and has 18 for the season.

2 – St Johnstone made it to their second cup final of the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over St Mirren at Hampden. This is just the second time the Perth Saints have reached the Scottish Cup final – their only other one was in 2014 when they won the trophy. Callum Davidson’s side remain on course for a cup double this season – the only club other than Rangers or Celtic who have ever done this were Aberdeen, in 1985/86 and 1989/90.