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Cup of joy for Ross County

Mon, 14 Mar 2016

Glasgow: Alex Schalk fired home a last-minute winner as Ross County claimed the Scottish League Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over Hibernian at Hampden yesterday.

Michael Gardyne had given County a 25th-minute lead against the run of play before Championship side Hibernian grabbed an equaliser seconds prior to the interval thanks to a fierce strike from Liam Fontaine.

Hibs started the second half strongly, but the introduction of substitute Brian Graham gave County more purpose and the striker had two efforts chalked off for offside before Schalk tapped home in the 90th minute. It is a first major cup win for the Highland club, who only joined the Scottish Football League in 1994.

Hibs must now turn their attention to trying to book a place in the last four of the Scottish Cup when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their quarter-final replay on Wednesday.

At Hampden, both sides made two changes, with County’s Graham making way for Schalk, while Ian McShane replaced Jonathan Franks.

Hibs’ Marvin Bartley was brought into midfield for the injured Dylan McGeouch, with top scorer Jason Cummings coming back in for James Keatings.