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Scottish Cup (Semi Final)
Steven Craig (55)
Martin Scott (88)
Paul Di Giacomo
Marc Crosas for Landry N'Guemo (42)
Patrick McCourt for Marc-Antoine Fortune (67)
Morten Rasmussen for Andreas Hinkel (84)
Paul Lawson for Michael Gardyne (89)
|Darren O'Dea (78)||
Gary Miller (69)
Willie Collum (Referee)
Celtic slumped to one of the worst results in their history as Ross County stunned the Glasgow giants at Hampden to reach the Scottish Cup final.
Derek Adams' side kept Neil Lennon's men at bay and forged ahead early in the second half after Steven Craig cut through the Celtic defence. Celtic had their second-half chances and Georgios Samaras hit the post.
However, Martin Scott volleyed home a second to send the First Division side into their first-ever major final. The victory signalled celebrations among the Dingwall side's 7,000 fans - more than the population of the town that houses the club who moved up from the Highland League to the Scottish Football League in 1994.
County had pressed from the start and didn't allow Celtic time to settle, but Robbie Keane always looked dangerous whenever he took possession. Aiden McGeady almost slipped in Keane, but the ball hit the striker's heel, summing up their early struggles.
The First Division side's best effort of the opening half arrived on 17 minutes when Lukasz Zaluska was forced to tip over Scott Morrison's dangerous cross from the left.
Celtic had few flourishes forward, but Scott Boyd had to clear Marc-Antoine Fortune's pass across goal from the right just before the half-hour mark as Keane lurked with intent.
County remained full of running and put together some tidy moves around the edge of Celtic's area without ever seriously threatening. The match continued a familiar pattern with the Dingwall side enjoying the majority of possession and Lennon's men hoping to find Keane with a killer pass.
County again forged forward at the start of the second half and Craig blazed over at the back post from Vigurs' cross. Samaras performed some good work on the left wing for Celtic and centred the ball, but there were no takers. Iain Vigurs then looked to have spurned a magnificent opportunity for the Highland side when Richard Brittain's corner arrived at his feet and he shot wide with the goal at his mercy, but a foul had been given.
However, the Victoria Park side did not have long to wait to take a stunning lead as Craig cut in from the right and produced a scything run through the Celtic defence and finished emphatically.
Fortune looked certain to level with just over quarter of the game remaining after a Lee Naylor free-kick broke to him in the box, but his left-foot finish was deflected behind from four yards. The striker was then replaced with Paddy McCourt as Lennon searched for a spark.
County were having to survive an onslaught as Celtic fought desperately to save their season, but they held firm. Zaluska had to pull of a smart save from Brittain's long-range effort as Adams' side looked to kill off Celtic's challenge. Samaras should have levelled for Celtic when he smacked the ball off the post after McGeady's cross.
But County finished off the game as Andy Barrowman crossed for Scott to volley home from close range and all but end Celtic's season.
|Michael McGovern (GK)||25||42||-||42||-|
|Paul Lawson (sub)||25||37||6||89||8|
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