Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Staggies Stagger as Celtic Stutter

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Staggies Stagger as Celtic Stutter

Article excerpt

ROSS County boss Jim McIntyre feared a thrashing by Celtic after the Hoops took a first-minute lead in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, before the Staggies came back to win 3-1. Winger Gary MackaySteven scored before a minute had elapsed and McIntyre thought of the 8-1 hammering Ronny Deila's men had handed out to Hamilton in the Ladbrokes Premiership recently.

As the Highland club wobbled, goalkeeper Scott Fox had a couple of saves before Hoops defender Efe Ambrose was sent off by referee Craig Thomson in the 13th minute for fouling striker Alex Schalk in the box. Martin Woods levelled from the penalty spot and it turned out to be the turning point in the game.

Staggies defender Paul Quinn headed the underdogs into the lead three minutes after the interval with Schalk adding a third in the 63rd minute with a thunderous drive.

Fox saved a Leigh Grif-fiths penalty as the Staggies battled with some determination for their place in the March 13 final against Hibernian. …

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