Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Barrowman hoping luck keeps shining

If any member of the Ross County side can be described as lucky to be playing in today's Active Nation Scottish Cup final, it is Andrew Barrowman.

The 24-year-old was not even a County player when they kicked off this remarkable run to Hampden back in November.

Indeed, the forward could so easily have found himself cup-tied when he left Inverness to rejoin the Staggies back in February.

But the frustrating exile from the Caley Thistle team that ultimately led to Barrowman's departure proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Yet not even he could have anticipated the whirlwind three months that have brought County to their first ever major final when Derek Adams invited him to return to Dingwall.

“That was the selling point!” Barrowman joked. “Obviously, the way it worked out has been a dream come true. But I knew how good a club it was and how good a set of players we had here.

“I knew that we could win games and it's taken us to a cup final — although I didn't know that was going to be the case.

“I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.”

Barrowman was the star of County's Second Division title-winning season two years ago and he understandably jumped at the chance to test his mettle in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when Caley came calling.

But the striker found himself consistently on the bench as Inverness were relegated.

“I'd obviously fallen out of favour there with the manager,” he said. “I had a number of options and Ross County was one of them.

“Basically, I had enjoyed myself so much here before that my decision was made, really, as soon as their interest became apparent.”

Barrowman's departure from Inverness coincided with a run of form that ultimately saw them bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

But would he trade today's cup final appearance against Dundee United for an Irn-Bru First Division title-winners' medal?

“Absolutely not, absolutely not,” alluding to how bad things had got for him under Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas. “I'd rather be playing in the Third Division than listening to those two across the bridge!”

Dundee United manager Peter Houston has been boosted by the news that Mihael Kovacevic and Danny Cadamarteri are both available for the Active Nation Scottish Cup final.

Kovacevic (hamstring) and Cadamarteri (dislocated shoulder) have both recovered from their respective injuries and could be in the squad.

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