Scottish League Cup: Motherwell stunned by Airdrie as Dundee continue perfect start



A Rhys McCabe free-kick from distance gave Airdrie a second-half lead in the Lanarkshire derby
A Rhys McCabe free-kick from distance gave Airdrie a second-half lead in the Lanarkshire derby

Third-tier Airdrieonians claimed a memorable Scottish League Cup upset with two superb strikes to down Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell.

Last season’s runners-up Livingston needed a bonus point on penalties to keep their last-16 hopes alive after being held at home by Raith Rovers.

Dundee are all but through after seeing off hosts Montrose 2-0 for a third victory out of three.

Ross County belatedly kicked off their season with a 1-0 win at Brora Rangers.

Falkirk forfeited their Group E tie at Edinburgh City after a Covid-19 outbreak left the visitors unable to field a team.

In Group F, Motherwell had won their opening two ties but were stunned by Ian Murray’s Airdrie in the sides’ first meeting for 14 years.

Rhys McCabe’s stunning 30-yard free-kick and an unstoppable debut goal from on-loan Hearts midfielder Scott McGill earned derby victory over the top-flight visitors.

It leaves both sides with one game to play while trailing a point behind leaders Queen’s Park, who have completed their fixtures.

Livingston salvaged what could be a crucial bonus point as they triumphed 6-5 on penalties against second-tier Raith, who stay top of Group D.

Livingston are three points adrift in third and must beat Cowdenbeath on Saturday to have a chance of progressing.

Dundee went top of Group C with Jason Cummings opening the scoring after the break with a penalty before fellow substitute Luke McCowan sealed victory at Montrose.

Ross County are out of contention for the knockout stage after forfeiting their opening two games following a Covid-19 outbreak. They finally got their season up and running with Alex Iacovitti’s header edging out Highland League Brora.

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