Ross County’s Mullin excited by season so far – Podcast

 

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Flying high at the top of the Scottish Championship, Ross County have turned their fortunes around this season after last year’s relegation from the Premiership.

One of the team’s shining players this season, Josh Mullin speaks exclusively to EN4 News ahead of three matches in the next week for the title chasers.

Listen to the podcast below:

Snowman Rally cancelled due to “unsafe conditions”

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Opening round of Scottish Rally Championship has been called off (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

The opening round of the 2019 Scottish Rally Championship has been cancelled tomorrow due to “unsafe conditions.”

The Snowman Rally in Inverness is traditionally the first Scottish rally of the season, with 76 crews entered to contest the 42-mile gravel event this year.

However rally organisers took the decision to cancel the event due to the recent snowfall in the Highlands.

Clerk of the Course Graham Provest said: “Further to an extensive review of the stages all week, we have had to take the decision to cancel the Snowman Rally.

“We have tried everything in our power to keep the event running but to no avail.

“The decision is due to extremely unsafe conditions – all the stages have a thick covering of ice over them and it would be irresponsible to take such a risk with with people’s safety.

“We are aware many will be disappointed with this decision and we can only apologise for you having to cancel your plans for a weekend’s sport.”

Gordon Adam, the Chairman of the Scottish Rally Championship, added: “The Scottish Rally Championship is fully behind the organisers of the Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally and their decision to cancel the event.

“Of course we were all looking forward to what is always an exciting start to the year, but safety is paramount for our competitors, marshals, safety crews and spectators and we have a duty to ensure the risk to them is managed properly.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the organising team who have made a crucial decision in time to ensure minimal disruption to competitors and officials.”

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Garry Pearson backs the decision to cancel the event (Credit: Lindsay Photo Sport)

Garry Pearson, one of the frontrunners in the Scottish Championship, admits he’s “gutted” not to be competing tomorrow but respects the event’s decision.

“Of course I was gutted when I heard that we won’t be heading to Inverness this weekend but I respect the event’s decision wholeheartedly,” he said.

“Safety is everyone’s priority and we have to make sure the spectators and organisers are just as looked after as we are in the car.

“The Snowman is always a challenge that’s for sure and if it was just snow then we may have been able to go but ice is another matter and so very unpredictable.”

EN4 News says..

What are the implications of this decision for those involved? Well, there don’t appear to be any winners, but the decision has been made to ensure there are no major losers.

Check out the video below for more detail.

 

Edinburgh City boss admits injury scare ahead of cup replay

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James McDonaugh looks ahead to tonight’s cup replay. Photo by Ross Cowper-Fraser

Edinburgh City manager, James McDonaugh admitted that his side could do without tonight’s Scottish Cup replay as they fear potential injuries.

City travel to the Highlands to play Inverness Caledonian Thistle and while a cup run is of importance, their focus will also be on retaining their two point lead in League Two.

McDonaugh spoke ahead of tonight’s third round replay.

He said: “Because we are struggling with injuries, tonight’s match is one that we could do without. I guess so far it’s okay because we keep winning, but at some point we’re going to be really struggling if we get a couple more injuries or any suspensions.

“We haven’t been able to give any of our first team players a rest over the past six weeks, so we’ve had to stick with the same core of players for our last few games. Of course the team keep winning games but we could easily lose a player or two to suspension, and then we’d really be in trouble.”

City drew the first meeting 1-1 at Ainslie Park against John Robertson’s side and hope they can do it again as they travel to Tulloch Caledonian Stadium for the 19:45 kick off.

They’re coming off the back of Saturday’s 2-0 win against Queen’s Park. A performance that certainly pleased McDonaugh going into tonight’s game.

He added: “I thought we were very good in the first half, playing on the front foot and at a good tempo. We always looked like a threat going forward.

“In the second half, the game turned very scrappy and we didn’t play as well but to be fair, we were 2-0 up because of a lot of hard work in the first half.”

“Overall, the players deserve a lot of credit for securing another three points.”

Inverness CT come into tonight on the back of only their third defeat of the season, and their first in the league. They lost to 3-2 to McDonaugh’s former club, Falkirk over the weekend.

But despite that setback, the Highland side will be fancying their chances to progress at home to lower league opposition.

And McDonaugh expects it to be a very tough task against their Championship opponents.

“For us to have a chance against Inverness, every player for us must perform at their best, and we need them to have an off day, and a bit of luck as well. We would need all three to go our way. Of course we can win, but the chances of it happening are very minimal.”

Should Edinburgh City come through tonight’s match, they will be rewarded with a home tie against Lowland League side East Kilbride in the fourth round.

IRN-BRU Cup Quarter Final Draw: Holders Dundee Utd Draw Crusaders

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Dundee United have been drawn at home against Crusaders in the IRN-BRU Cup Quarter Finals draw. 

The holders face Northern Irish opposition for the second consecutive time, following a 1-0 victory over Linfield in the previous round.

Crusaders ran out comfortable winners in the last round beating Cove Rangers 3-0, but should expect a tougher tie when they travel to Tannadice.

In other notable ties, Queen of the South face a daunting away trip to Welsh Champions New Saints who hammered Elgin City 4-0 in the previous round.

Two all Scottish matches make up the rest of the draw with Inverness taking on Falkirk and Dumbarton playing Raith Rovers.

 

FULL DRAW:

Dundee United v Crusaders

The New Saints v Queen of the South

Inverness Caley Thistle v Falkirk

Dumbarton v Raith Rovers.

 

Ties to be played on the weekend of November 11th and 12th.

 

 

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