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Thursday, August 20, 1998 Published at 01:18 GMT 02:18 UK


Sport: Football

Celtic fall to Airdrie


Airdrie 1-0 Celtic

Airdrie dumped Scottish League Cup holders Celtic out of the competition in memorable night at their new Shyberry Excelsior stadium.

Airdrie-born Marvyn Wilson scored a 16th minute goal to secure the upset in front of 10,000 ecstatic fans.

He struck his penalty kick straight at Jonathan Gould but was ready to convert the rebound.

Once in the lead the home team more than held their own through the rest of the match.

Celtic's expensive talents failed to find their rhythm in a dismal third round showing.

They could create few chances. On the hour Stuart Taylor cut inside promisingly but struck his effort wide as Airdrie were content to sit back and absorb the pressure.

In the final few minutes Celtic sensed trouble and were the dominant force at last when Craig Burley's 20-yard shot flashed inches wide of the post.

In the last minute Darren Jackson was released on the left by substitute Tosh McKinlay, but he sent his shot across the goal and wide.

No 'cohension'

The Celtic head coach, Jozef Venglos, laid the blame for the defeat firmly at the feet of his players.

He said: "We did not show any cohesion especially in the first half and were not good enough to create enough to score.

"We were without a few players because of international call-ups and injuries, and the newcomers needed time to get used to the tempo and conditions."

The Airdrie manager, Alex MacDonald, was jubilant, making special mention of Wilson.

He said: "It was a great result for us, and I'm delighted because it is the first big night at this new stadium.

"I am pleased for Marvyn. He did really well by recovering from missing his spot-kick - that is the last one he's taking!"

"But for me the credit must go to the whole team. This is a proud night for this club - it's great for us to be back."

Ross County 2-0 Dundee United (after extra time)

Third Division Ross County caused an even bigger stir by accounting for Premier side Dundee United.

Although it took extra-time to settle the tie, County were worth their shock win to the end.

County's hero was Derek Adams who came on to score the goals that put them into the fourth round draw.

United's Roger Boli and Morris Malpas strived for a breakthrough but they were always matched man for man by County.

County went ahead in the 104th minute with a great Adams strike, the club's top scorer lashing a 30-yard free kick past Sieb Dijkstra.

When United threw everything at the County's defence, Neil Tarrant ran through to give Adams his second.

Afterwards United manager Tommy McClean said he was "greatly disappointed".

Hibs 1-0 Aberdeen

Hibs brought Aberdeen's early-season renaissance to a halt as a late Stevie Crawford penalty sent the Premier League leaders tumbling out of the League Cup at Easter Road.

For long periods it looked as if extra-time would be required, but when Shaun Dennis sent a Tony Rougier corner back across goal and Pat McGinlay helped it on, David Rowson appeared to stick out a hand.

Crawford ignored the Dons protests to hit the penalty into the right-hand corner.

Hearts 4-2 Raith Rovers

Hearts sneaked into the League Cup quarter-finals with a controversial extra-time victory over First Division Raith at Tynecastle.

Substitute Rob McKinnon's 106th minute shot appeared to be carried over the line by Rovers goalkeeper Guido Van de Kamp.

After consulting his assistant, referee Willie Young ruled he had crossed the line and gave the goal despite furious protests.

Steve Fulton rubbed salt in the wound in the last minute when he met a low cross to score from close range.

Goals from Rovers duo Paul Shields (41) and Paul Hartley (86) had cancelled out strikes from Jim Hamilton (four) and Stephan Adam (22) to take the match into extra-time.



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