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Co-operative Insurance Cup as it happened



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By Keir Murray

2200: Thanks a million for joining me tonight. It's a pity the match at Fir Park was a bit of a damp squid, but better times lie ahead. Just ask Craig Brown and Archie Knox. As BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston has just quipped, the duo now have two things to look forward to next year - a semi-final...and a winter heating allowance. You can't beat experience.

2159: Or if you prefer, you can watch the whole match - perhaps with extra-time and penalties - on the BBC Sport website.

2157: Don't forget, you can watch the St Johnstone v Celtic match live on Sportscene on BBC Scotland tomorrow night.

2154: So, that's Aberdeen and Motherwell in the semi-finals. Who will be joining them? Is it shootie-in for the Old Firm at St Johnstone and Kilmarnock or will Derek McInnes and Mixu Paatelainen inspire their teams to victory?

"As for the Pittodrie ticket prices. I am a Rangers supporter who lives 15 miles from the ground. I was happy to go and support the local team but not for £19. Get a grip Dons." An anonymous texter. A Rangers fan in Aberdeen?!

2150: Davie in Grangemouth, by text to 80295, makes a good point about the Dons' penalty incident and about the media's obsession with certain teams... "That was never a penalty, Khalis won it cleanly. I wonder if you'll be talking about this one for the next few days, I wouldn't bet on it."

2147: More sporting than our man Aberdinho is the Dons manager Mark McGhee, who says Falkirk were excellent in the match. Indeed, he says: "Falkirk can feel hard done by."

My Sport
Aberdinho on My Sport: "Ha-ha, now what's Robbie Burns sayin? :P Sorry dude lol."

2143: An anonymous texter points out: "Craig Brown was assistant manager at Motherwell when they reached the Scottish Cup semi final in 1976 and were cheated out of it by the referee." I'm sure the semi-final decisions were a matter of interpretation! But thanks for the info.

2142: Regarding the ticket prices chat here this evening, Craig in Perth says: "For cup games the ticket prices must be agreed by both clubs... The blame cannot lie totally with Aberdeen for the prices tonight."

2140: Paul Hartley has scored a penalty in each of the last three rounds of the competition. Talk about leading by example!

Full time
Full-time: Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk

Aberdeen captain Paul Hartley scores his seventh penalty of the season to put the Dons into the semis, surely...

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk (Hartley)

2136: Chris Maguire is sent tumbling in the box. Paul Hartley steps up to take the kick...

2136: A penalty for Aberdeen in the final minute!

2135: Fantastic for Alan Gow! After all he has been through, going from club to club, it's great to see the guy enjoy some success with Motherwell.

Full time
Full-time: Motherwell 1-0 Dundee United

2133: It looks like Dundee United's dream of having the Co-operative Insurance Cup beside the Scottish Cup in the Tannadice trophy cabinet is over.

2132: Three minutes of injury-time at Fir Park.

2131: 89 minutes gone and Dundee United squander a chance for the equaliser when five of their team scramble for the ball in the Motherwell box, only for the home team to clear the danger.

2129: Can you imagine if Craig Brown won the cup with Motherwell? If his team gets through, this will be his first semi-final at club level.

Alan Gow, that man of soccer mystery, is the new hero at Fir Park as Prince Buaben's sliced clearance comes off his own post and Gow pounces to give the Steelmen a priceless lead.

GOAL! Motherwell 1-0 Dundee United (Gow)

2124: The attendance at "Todders" is 6,710.

2122: Andrew in Inverurie, by text to 80295, backs the point made earlier by Jim in Stonehaven about the Dons ticket prices: "Absolutely agree about the pricing at Pittodrie. How are you going to get families through the gate, on a night like this, to watch, at best, mediocre football in the current financial climate? And this is with the stadium in the centre of town. It'll be worse when they make this ill-thought out move to Loriston Loch. AFC, get a grip!"

2120: "Jon Daly has been poor for United. To be fair, Peter Houston could have taken any of his players off." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

2119: Dundee United boss Peter Houston makes a change. He removes captain Jon Daly and sends Danny Cadamarteri on to try to nab a goal.

2118: A chance for United. Midfielder Morgaro Gomis sends in a cross from the left with his right foot and it's met by the head of Garry Kenneth who nods just past the post.

2117: "Falkirk have really got themselves back into the game in the past 5-10 minutes." Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton, a pundit on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

2116: Paul Hartley will not want to be part of any team that gets knocked out of the cup at home. He will be urging the Dons forward.

2115: Mark Howard makes a save from Ryan Flynn and the rebound flashes past Falkirk forward Mark Stewart.

2114: The match attendance at Fir Park is 4,383. Come on, these souls deserve a goal!

2112: Let me give you a measure of this game... Dundee United get a throw-in 10 yards from the Motherwell corner flag on the left and Barry Douglas manages to throw the ball for a goal-kick.

2111: The forward lines at Fir Park are like a wee baby's smile - toothless.

Paul Hartley heads the equaliser for Aberdeen to give the Reds hope that they can avoid another cup exit. Have Falkirk blown their chance?

GOAL! Aberdeen 1-1 Falkirk (Hartley)

2107:Robbie in Fife adds to the list of misery of teams who have beaten. "You missed out Dundee who beat the Dons last year." Indeed they did. Thanks for the text, Robbie.

My Sport
Alistair Thomson on My Sport issues a fabulous Burnsian warning: 'Better meddle wi' the de'il than wi' the Bairns 'o Falkirk.

2102: Falkirk are still a goal to the good at Pittodrie, but the Dons still have 30 minutes to take the game into extra-time.

2101: Breaking news here for East Fife fans... John Robertson will be taking over at the club till the end of the season. We've lost one of our Open all Mics colleagues.

"This is the sort of game where one goal will sort out the outcome." BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young at Fir Park

My Sport
Well, I was asking which version of the League Cup people could remember. arabian83 on My Sport says: "I remember when the League Cup used to be played in sections of four teams! How old am I?"

2050: "Peter Houston is out of his box shouting at his players, not happy with what they're producing. Nothing as yet from Jack and Victor in the home dugout." BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young wonders why Still Game lookalikes - OK, not really - Craig Brown and Archie Knox have been so quiet in the Motherwell technical area.

2046: Paul Dixon is coming off for Barry Douglas, a straight switch for Dundee United at Fir Park. The game has restarted.

2044: Some support, of sorts, for the estimable Ricardo Gordon: "Cheer up Richard. Things can only get better in the second half. On second thoughts I saw them really struggle in the three games they have played against my team Raith Rovers recently." Kevin in Kirkcaldy by text to 80295.

Jim from Stonehaven, by text to 80295: "Adults £19. Concession £12. Aberdeen really need to look at their prices for games like this."

My Sport
Bairn_O_Falkirk on My Sport "We're playing with a bit of confidence but it's no 4-3 classic like in the last round. It'll be decided by one goal and although we scored 5 at the weekend, we're still not scoring that many." Bairn posted this 28 minutes ago. Do you think he has psychic powers? Have we seen the only goal of the game?

2037: "This is eerily reminiscent of the match against Raith Rovers." BBC Radio Scotland host Richard Gordon senses the ghost of cup exits past

2034: Oh, boy. First Division Falkirk are 45 minutes away from adding their name to the list of smaller clubs who have knocked Aberdeen out of a cup. Queen of the South, Raith Rovers, Dunfermline, Queen's Park, Stenhousemuir...

Half time
Half-time: Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk

2033: "We're going to be here all night, Charles." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston to colleague Chick Young on a fruitless first half at Fir Park.

Half time
Half-time: Motherwell 0-0 Dundee United

2031: Beesher, a Motherwell fan, has texted 80295. He - or is it she? - can remember previous versions of the League Cup. "I seem to recall the mighty Raith Rovers disposing of Celtic in the final of the Coca Cola Cup!"

2029: Two minutes to go until half-time at Pittodrie.

2028: Mark Stewart breaks for Falkirk but is tracked by Rory McArdle, who is on a booking.

2025: Mehdi Khalis is beating Scott Vernon every time at set-pieces. Another goal by the big Frenchman and the Dons will have a panic in their breastie. Hmm, what would Robert Burns make of the Aberdeen performance so far?

2024: A great one-two between Nick Blackman and Alan Gow sends Blackman on his way towards goal but United keeper Dusan Pernis comes out to meet him to deny the final shot at goal.

2023: "Why was Darren Mackie trying to take a touch in such a congested area? He just has to have a strike at goal and take his chances." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan

2021: The first real thrill for a while at Fir Park as Tom Hateley sends a free-kick into the Dundee United box. However, keeper Dusan Pernis was equal to the challenge.

Mehdi Khalis is unchallenged at the back post and heads the ball past Mark Howard to give Falkirk a lead after 33 minutes.

GOAL! Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk (Khalis)

2017: This is the final year of the sponsorship of the "League Cup" by Co-operative Insurance after a lengthy association with the tournament - it dates back to 1999/2000. Anyone remember when it the Bell's League Cup, the Skol Cup or the Coca-Cola Cup?

2014:Dundee United line up with: Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Kenneth, Dixon, David Robertson, Buaben, Gomis, Scott Robertson, Goodwillie, Daly. Subs: Banks, Cadamarteri, Douglas, Shala, Dow.

2013: That Motherwell team I was promising you: Randolph, Saunders, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Hateley, Murphy, Gow, Blackman. Subs: Hollis, Sutton, McHugh, Forbes, Page.

2012: The Bairns enjoy a period of pressure on the Dons goal, but still no sign of the breakthrough.

2010: We may have an explanation for the dreadfully low crowd at Pittodrie. "Part of the reason the crowd might be lower is that there is a queue of at least 300 people outside the South Stand. Not enough gates open." Text from Jim to 80295.

2008: The Dons corner comes to nothing as Zander Diamond fails to connect properly with captain Paul Hartley's kick.

2007: Motherwell have started well but Dundee United are coming into it now.

2006: Aberdeen win their first corner of the match, thanks to Sone Aluko.

2005: That is bad news for Murphy and Motherwell. He has had a good season, not just with the Steelmen but with the Scotland Under-21 team too. Let's hope it's a mere twist and he is back for the next match.

2003: Motherwell's young striker Jamie Murphy lands very awkwardly on his ankle and his contribution is over for the night. John Sutton is getting ready to come on.

2002: It's great to see Sone Aluko having a go at defences again. When he is on his game, Aberdeen look like a different team.

2001: We don't have the definitive team lines yet from Fir Park. I'll bring them to you as soon as I can.

2000: A claim for a penalty at Fir Park, where Willie Collum is in charge. A shot by Paul Dixon is saved by Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph, David Goodwillie pounces on the rebound but ends on the deck. No penalty is awarded, however.

1957: United's Paul Dixon sends a great ball into the Motherwell box from a free-kick but David Goodwillie just cannot turn it goalwards.

1955: Steven Pressley is concerned about Mark Twaddle, but the Falkirk defender looks as if he will be OK.

1954: And the Falkirk side is: Olejnik, Marr, McLean, Khalis, Twaddle, Flynn, Millar, O'Brien, Higginbotham, Finnigan, Stewart. Subs: Barclay, Deuchar, Mitchell, Duffie, Alston.

1954: The Aberdeen team taking on Falkirk at Pittodrie is as follows: Howard, Ifil, McArdle, Diamond, Robertson, Mackie, Hartley, Jack, Aluko, Maguire, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Young, Velicka, Paton, Magennis.

1953: "Motherwell are playing really well here, they're stroking the ball about nicely." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

1951: Tom Hateley moves the ball to the left and Nick Blackman just couldn't reach it. That really should have been the first goal for Motherwell.

My Sport
ChookterDon on My Sport "As an Aberdeen fan there is never a cup game that goes by where I am "confident" that we will progress without a hiccup and tonight is no exception."

1947: "A first chance for Motherwell as Alan Gow makes a mazy run through the United box but the ball ends up out for the first corner of the match." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young

1946: "Dundee United are playing in their black and white strip and apparently manager Peter Houston says if they don't win tonight, they're going to bin it!" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young

1945: "Not a bad crowd at Fir Park here tonight." BBC reporter Chick Young at Fir Park

1944: The match at Motherwell has kicked off. No hanging about there, then.

1941: "We are a very young team and that excites me very much. We are a team that are continually progressing and I see big improvements already this season. I am pleased with the way things are going and we went down to Palmerston at the weekend and beat a very good team in Queen of the South and that was a significant result." Falkirk boss Steven Pressley

1938: "We said on Saturday, one result is encouraging, but it won't be easy. It is a big opportunity for both teams. A big semi-final at a neutral venue. We have had to include young Clark Robertson because we had three injuries at the weekend, although Zander Diamond has made it." Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

1936: Falkirk are unchanged from team that beat Queen of the South 5-1 on Saturday.

1935: Uh-oh, bit of a spat at Aberdeen. Falkirk manager Steven Pressley has apparently had a wee go at Mark McGhee in the papers as the Dons boss expected his team to be in the semi-finals. Pressley obviously thinks it is a bit disrespectful.

1930: Welcome to this evening's live text commentary of the first two quarter-finals in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

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