2008–09 Scottish Challenge Cup

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2008–09 ALBA Challenge Cup
Country Scotland
Teams 30
Champions Airdrie United
Runners-up Ross County
Matches played 29
Goals scored 87 (3 per match)

The 2008–09 Scottish Challenge Cup, known as the ALBA Challenge Cup due to sponsorship reasons with MG Alba, was the 18th season of the competition, competed for by all 30 members of the Scottish Football League. The defending champions were St. Johnstone, who defeated Dunfermline Athletic by 3–2 in the 2007 final.[1]

The competition was won by Airdrie United who defeated Ross County 3–2 on penalties following a 2–2 draw after extra time, the winning penalty was scored by Marc Smyth.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Round First match date[3] Fixtures Clubs
First Round 26 July 2008 14 30 → 16
Second Round 12 August 2008 8 16 → 80
Quarter-finals 7 September 2008 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals 12 October 2008 2 4 → 2
Final 16 November 2008 1 2 → 1

First round[edit]

The First round draw was conducted on 29 May 2008.[4] Holders St. Johnstone were drawn against Ross County away from home.

North & East Region[edit]

Raith Rovers received a random bye to the second round.[4]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source:[citation needed]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

South & West Region[edit]

Greenock Morton received a random bye to the second round.[4]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source:[citation needed]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Second round[edit]

The Second round draw was conducted on 30 July 2008.[5]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source:[citation needed]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The Quarter-final draw was conducted on 14 August 2008.[6]

7 September 2008
15:00
Clyde 0 – 1 Ross County
McGregor Red card 45' Report Craig Goal 25'
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Attendance: 756
Referee: Steve Conroy

7 September 2008
15:00
Cowdenbeath 1 – 2 Airdrie United
Fairbairn Goal 79'
Baxter Red card 84'
Report di Giacomo Goal 53' Goal 75'
Central Park, Cowdenbeath
Attendance: 643
Referee: Stephen Finnie

7 September 2008
15:00
Livingston 0 – 2 Partick Thistle
Report Turner Goal 75'
Twaddle Goal 78'
Almondvale Stadium, Livingston
Referee: David Somers

7 September 2008
15:00
Queen of the South 0 – 2 Greenock Morton
Report Wake Goal 48'
McGuffie Goal 77'
Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Attendance: 2,991
Referee: William Collum

Semi-finals[edit]

The Semi-final draw was conducted on 11 September 2008.[7]

12 October 2008
14:00
Partick Thistle 0 – 1 Airdrie United
Report di Giacomo Goal 4'
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,761
Referee: David Somers

12 October 2008
15:00
Ross County 4 – 1 Greenock Morton
Craig Goal 6'
Daal Goal 42' Goal 62'
Dowie Goal 84'
Report McManus Red card 55'
Weatherson Goal 77'
Victoria Park, Dingwall
Attendance: 1,396
Referee: Mike Tumilty

Final[edit]

16 November 2008
15:00
Airdrie United 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
( 3 – 2 pen.)
Ross County
McKenna Goal 80'
Dowie Goal 103' (o.g.)
Report Nixon Goal 59' (o.g.)
Higgins Goal 113'
  Penalties  
Lynch Penalty missed
McLaughlin Penalty scored
Hazley Penalty missed
McDonald Penalty scored
Smyth Penalty scored
3 – 2 Penalty missed Winters
Penalty scored Higgins
Penalty scored Hart
Penalty missed Morrison
Penalty missed Scott
McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 4,091
Referee: Calum Murray

Media coverage[edit]

The Partick Thistle v Airdrie United semi-final was shown live and the final was shown live on BBC Alba.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dunfermline 2-3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Airdrie Utd 2-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dates for ties in Season 2008-2009.". Scottish Football League. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Challenge Cup - first round draw". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Alba Challenge Cup 2008-09". Scottish Football League. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Alba Challenge Cup". Scottish Football League. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "The ALBA Challenge Cup - Semi-Finals". Scottish Football League. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "BBC Alba to cover Challenge Cup". BBC Sport. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 

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