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Northern Ireland star Liam Boyce helps Ross County to historic first cup success

Hibernian 1-2 Ross County

By Gavin McCafferty

Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce added another medal to his collection as Ross County got the better of Hibernian in yesterday's Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park.

The former Cliftonville ace, who collected two League Cup honours alongside a brace of Premiership medals with the Reds, was substituted just before the hour and looked on with glee as strike partner Alex Schalk tapped home a last-gasp winner.

The Dutchman said: "It's not for me as an individual, or for anyone else as an individual. It's for people who are Ross County fans all their lives.

"We worked so hard. Five minutes before I got cramp and I couldn't really walk any more. Then, the last sprint of the game, I saw the ball going into the box, the defender made a mistake and I tapped it in.

"All the emotions, it was blank, all black, the fans were screaming. It was an amazing feeling. It couldn't be better for me."

Liam Fontaine had cancelled out Michael Gardyne's opener just before the end of a first half which Hibs dominated, and Schalk admitted County had come through some difficult moments.

"To be honest, we were a bit lucky," the 23-year-old said. "We weren't playing the game we are used to playing. Me and Boycey as strikers weren't holding the ball up as well as we did in the last couple of games, so we needed to improve that to help the team and get more of the ball and get it in wider areas and crosses in the box, because that is our type of play.

"A few hard words were said in the dressing room at half-time and we improved in the second half."

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