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Dons and Caley make cup progress

Aberdeen were 2-1 winners at Motherwell in the Scottish Cup fourth round, while Inverness beat local rivals Ross County by the same scoreline.

Rory Fallon returned to torment Motherwell in the Scottish Cup as Aberdeen claimed a 2-1 victory in the fourth-round at Fir Park.

New Zealand striker Fallon, scorer of both goals in the Scottish Cup quarter-final win at Fir Park last season, netted a sublime 51st-minute strike and 10 minutes later Joe Shaughnessy completed a flowing move with the second, his first for the Dons.

Michael Higdon's stoppage-time penalty was merely a consolation as Motherwell, the 2011 runners-up who had lost just once in 13 prior games against Aberdeen, tumbled out of the cup to the same opponents for a second successive season.

Billy McKay's double was enough for Inverness to beat local rivals Ross County 2-1 in the Scottish Cup on a sub-zero night at the Caledonian Stadium.

The 24-year-old has now scored seven goals in his last five games with his brace setting up a last 16 tie with Kilmarnock.

McKay fired home an early penalty before Iain Vigurs' sublime finish levelled things just before half-time, but a spectacular curler from the hosts' in-form striker settled things nine minutes after half-time.