2018–19 Scottish Cup

The 2018–19 Scottish Cup was the 134th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what was the eighth season of a nine-year partnership, after contract negotiations saw the initial five-year contract extended for an additional four years in October 2015.[1]

2018–19 William Hill Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams95
Defending championsCeltic
ChampionsCeltic
Runners-upHeart of Midlothian
Matches played105
Goals scored350 (3.33 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Stephen Dobbie (7 goals)
All statistics correct as of 25 May 2019.

The cup was won for the third consecutive occasion, and a record 39th in total, by the defending champions, Celtic who had won the 2018 Scottish Cup Final on 19 May 2018.[2]

CalendarEdit

The calendar for the 2018–19 Scottish Cup, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[3]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 11 August 2018 7 95 → 88 19
Preliminary Round 2 1 September 2018 6 88 → 82 None
First Round 22 September 2018 18 82 → 64 30
Second Round 20 October 2018 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 24 November 2018 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 19 January 2019 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 9 February 2019 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 2 March 2019 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 13-14 April 2019 2 4 → 2 None
Final 25 May 2019 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary roundsEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the preliminary rounds took place on Monday, 16 July 2018 at Hampden Park and was made by Scottish National Team Head Coaches Alex McLeish and Shelley Kerr.[4]

19 clubs were involved in the draw, of which five received a bye to the second preliminary round, while the other 14 entered the first preliminary round. The teams competing in these rounds were made up of teams from the East of Scotland Football League (8), South of Scotland Football League (4), North Caledonian Football League (1), Scottish Junior Football Association (4) and the Scottish Amateur Football Association (2). Shortlees and Tynecastle took part in the Scottish Cup for the first time after winning the 2017–18 Scottish Amateur Cup and the 2017–18 South & East Cup-Winners Shield respectively.

There were three parts to the draw. The first part determined which five clubs, from the 14 eligible, received a bye to the second preliminary round. The clubs which did not receive a bye into the second preliminary round entered the first preliminary round. Seven ties were then drawn in the first preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 11 August 2018. The final part of the draw saw six ties drawn in the second preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 1 September 2018.

Clubs with a valid Club Licence at the date of the draw were eligible for a bye to the second preliminary round.[5] Teams in Bold advanced to the first round.

Clubs eligible for a bye Clubs participating in the first preliminary round draw
  1. Banks O’Dee
  2. Burntisland Shipyard
  3. Coldstream
  4. Girvan
  5. Glasgow University
  6. Golspie Sutherland
  7. Hawick Royal Albert
  8. Linlithgow Rose
  9. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
  10. Newton Stewart
  11. Preston Athletic
  12. St Cuthbert Wanderers
  13. Threave Rovers
  14. Wigtown & Bladnoch
  1. Auchinleck Talbot (2017–18 Junior Cup winners)
  2. Beith (2017–18 West Super League winners)
  3. Bonnyrigg Rose (2017–18 East Superleague winners)
  4. Shortlees (2017–18 Scottish Amateur Cup winners)
  5. Tynecastle (2017–18 South & East Cup-Winners Shield)

Preliminary round oneEdit

Girvan, Linlithgow Rose, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Newton Stewart, and Wigtown & Bladnoch received a bye to preliminary round two.

MatchesEdit

Preliminary round twoEdit

MatchesEdit

First roundEdit

The first round took place on the weekend of 22 September 2018. Along with the six winners from the second preliminary round, there were 30 new entries at this stage - 16 from the Highland Football League and 14 from the Lowland Football League.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the first round took place on Saturday, 1 September 2018 at Hampden Park and was made by former Scottish Cup winner Robbie Neilson and boxer Charlie Flynn. Selkirk withdrew from the competition before the draw was made so one team received a bye to the second round.[7]

Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

BSC Glasgow were drawn to receive a bye to the second round.

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Second roundEdit

The second round took place on the weekend of 20 October 2018. Along with the 17 winners and one bye from the first round, there were 14 new entries at this stage - two each from the Highland Football League and the Lowland Football League and all 10 from League Two.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the second round took place at Hampden Park on 22 September 2018. The draw was made by Olympic bronze medallist Eve Muirhead and Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup winning captain Ray Montgomerie.

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the third round.

League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

MatchesEdit

ReplayEdit

Third roundEdit

The third round took place on the weekend of 24 November 2018. Along with the 16 winners from the second round, there were 16 new entries at this stage - all 10 from League One, and six from the Championship.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the third round took place at Hampden Park on 20 October 2018 at 5:45pm.[14]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fourth round.

Championship League One League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League SJFA

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Fourth roundEdit

The fourth round took place on the weekend of 19 January 2019. Along with the 16 winners from the third round, there were 16 new entries at this stage - the remaining four clubs from the Championship, and all 12 from the Premiership.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the fourth round took place at Hampden Park on 24 November 2018 at 5:45pm.[34]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fifth round.

Premiership Championship League One League Two Other

Lowland Football League

SJFA

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Fifth roundEdit

The fifth round took place on the weekend of 9 February 2019.

DrawEdit

The draw for the fifth round took place at Tynecastle Stadium on 20 January 2019 following the Hearts v Livingston match live on BBC One Scotland.[35]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Premiership Championship League One SJFA

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-finals took place on the weekend of 2 March 2019.

DrawEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals took place at Victoria Park on 11 February 2019 following the Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle match live on BBC Two Scotland.[36]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Premiership Championship

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals took place on the weekend of 13 April 2019.

DrawEdit

The draw for the semi-finals took place at Firhill Stadium on 4 March 2019 during 'The Nine' live on BBC Scotland.[37]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Premiership Championship

MatchesEdit

FinalEdit

The final was played on 25 May 2019 at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Heart of Midlothian1–2Celtic
Report
Attendance: 49,434
Referee: Willie Collum

BracketEdit

The following is the bracket which the Scottish Cup resembled. Numbers in parentheses next to the match score represent the results of a replay, and numbers in parentheses next to the replay score represents the results of a penalty shoot-out.

 
Fourth Round
19–20 January 2019
29 January 2019 (replays)
Fifth Round
9–11 February 2019
19–20 February 2019 (replays)
Quarter-finals
2–4 March 2019
12 March 2019 (replays)
Semi-finals
13–14 April 2019
Final
26 May 2019
 
                  
 
 
 
 
East Fife2
 
 
 
Greenock Morton1
 
East Fife0
 
 
 
Partick Thistle1
 
Partick Thistle4
 
 
 
Stranraer1
 
Partick Thistle1 (1)
 
 
 
Heart of Midlothian1 (2)
 
Heart of Midlothian1
 
 
 
Livingston0
 
Heart of Midlothian4
 
 
 
Auchinleck Talbot0
 
Auchinleck Talbot1
 
 
 
Ayr United0
 
Heart of Midlothian3
 
 
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle0
 
St Mirren3
 
 
 
Alloa Athletic2
 
St Mirren1
 
 
 
Dundee United2
 
Montrose0
 
 
 
Dundee United4
 
Dundee United1
 
 
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle2
 
Motherwell1
 
 
 
Ross County2
 
Ross County2 (2) (4)
 
 
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle2 (2) (5)
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle4
 
 
 
East Kilbride0
 
Heart of Midlothian1
 
 
 
Celtic2
 
Aberdeen1 (4)
 
 
 
Stenhousemuir1 (1)
 
Aberdeen4
 
 
 
Queen of the South1
 
Dundee1 (0)
 
 
 
Queen of the South1 (3)
 
Aberdeen1 (2)
 
 
 
Rangers1 (0)
 
Kilmarnock2
 
 
 
Forfar Athletic0
 
Kilmarnock0 (0)
 
 
 
Rangers0 (5)
 
Cowdenbeath1
 
 
 
Rangers3
 
Aberdeen0
 
 
 
Celtic3
 
Raith Rovers3
 
 
 
Dunfermline Athletic0
 
Hibernian3
 
 
 
Raith Rovers1
 
Hibernian4
 
 
 
Elgin City0
 
Hibernian0
 
 
 
Celtic2
 
Celtic3
 
 
 
Airdrieonians0
 
Celtic5
 
 
 
St Johnstone0
 
St Johnstone2
 
 
Hamilton Academical0
 

Media coverageEdit

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in the UK and Ireland by BBC Scotland and Premier Sports (EIR Sport in the Republic of Ireland). BBC Scotland has the option to show two ties per round, with Premier Sports also showing two ties per round; Premier Sports show both semi-finals live with one of them also on BBC Scotland, and both channels screen the final live.[38]

The following matches are to be broadcast live on UK television:

Round BBC Scotland Premier Sports
Fourth Round Auchinleck Talbot v Ayr United[39]
Heart of Midlothian v Livingston[39]
Cowdenbeath v Rangers[39]
Celtic v Airdrieonians[39]
Fifth Round Aberdeen v Queen of the South[40]
Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle[40]
Kilmarnock v Rangers[40]
Celtic v St Johnstone[40]
Rangers v Kilmarnock (replay) (delayed coverage) (also on FreeSports)[41]
Quarter-Finals Dundee United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle[42]
Partick Thistle v Heart of Midlothian[42]
Hibernian v Celtic[42]
Aberdeen v Rangers[42]
Rangers v Aberdeen (replay) (delayed coverage)[43]
Semi-Finals Heart of Midlothian v Inverness Caledonian Thistle[44] Heart of Midlothian v Inverness Caledonian Thistle[44]
Aberdeen v Celtic[44]
Final Heart of Midlothian v Celtic[45]

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