Alloa 3-2 Ross County: Wasps claim shock win over holders

Jon Robertson grabbed the second goal for Alloa after 11 minutes
Jon Robertson grabbed the second goal for Alloa after 11 minutes
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Alloa produced a major shock as they toppled League Cup holders Ross County in a ding-dong battle.

The lower league side capitalised on some shaky defending by County before holding firm at the back to record a famous victory.
Alloa opened the scoring with just over 60 seconds on the clock when Greig Spence picked out the on-rushing Jordan Kirkpatrick, who burst into the penalty area before firing into the bottom corner to shock their Premiership 
opponents.

Despite that wake-up call, the visitors fell further behind on 11 minutes. This time a slack pass by County goalkeeper Scott Fox was latched on to by Wasps winger Iain Flannigan, who wasted no time finding Jon Robertson to shoot home from ten yards.The Dingwall side sprang to life and the deficit was halved after 14 minutes when Michael Gardyne crossed for striker Brian Graham who volleyed home from close range. A frantic first 21 minutes culminated with the Staggies drawing level, Alex Schalk powering home from six yards after a Chris Routis pass in the box.

The Wasps almost restored their lead before the break but Kevin Cawley couldn’t convert his header from close range as it dipped over the bar.

Chances continued to flow at both ends on the restart but it was the home side who went back in front after 73 minutes.

Substitute Graeme Holmes found Scott Taggart in the box and the full-back picked out Calum Waters, who controlled in space before slamming the ball home from 12 yards.

The hosts might have extended their lead with seven minutes remaining as subs Jamie Longworth and Isaac Layne linked up but the latter’s effort cannoned off the post.

County huffed and puffed seeking a leveller but Alloa held out to claim a famous win.