Live Scottish Cup final action as St Johnstone take on Dundee United at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Liam McLeod and Steven Thompson commentate. Kick-off at 3pm.
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It is Anderson. The ball ends up in the back of the net. Frazer Wright.
What a goal from Nigel Hasselbaink. That was a wonderful counterattack
from Dundee United. It will be Dundee United against St Johnstone
at Celtic Park on May the 17th. Nadir Ciftci is round the goalkeeper
and will surely take Dundee United to the Scottish Cup Final. Stevie
May might have fired St Johnstone into their first-ever Scottish Cup
Final. Let battle commence. It is the 2014 Scottish Cup Final. The big
matches totally Tayside. St Johnstone are sampling the special
occasion for the first time in their history. Dundee United are looking
to do what they did for seasons back and then the season in the best
possible way. Will there be blue and white ribbons on the Scottish Cup
later today, or will we be talking hand during? This Scottish Cup has
been subtitled, the road to Celtic Park. Hampden Park is getting its
Commonwealth games make over. It was here that Aberdeen won the League
Cup. Last weekend, Celtic picked up their prizes Scottish Premiership
winners. In the next few hours, another name will go down on this
season's footballer honours list. The word Saint and Johnstone do not
appear on this special piece of silverware. This is uncharted
territory for the Perth team. Your essential cup coverage is right
territory for the Perth team. Your on the BBC. Michael Stewart is with
me in the studio, and so is the man who won the Scottish Cup for Dundee
United 20 years ago. Craig Brewster says he blasted the winner home from
25 yards. Amazing how time distorts the truth. Not at all. It was an
amazing day. It feels like yesterday. The club had been in six
cup finals and never been victorious. It was a 25 yarder
courtesy of Allan Preston which helped send St Johnstone to the
League Cup final of 1998. He is perfectly balanced guest. He played
for both teams. Are you torn between them? Not at all. It will be great
first and Johnstone. They have a tremendous chairman. He is backing
St Johnstone and we are more than a hundred minutes from kick-off. The
build-up is big. All those dreams, all that drama. Jonathan will talk
us through the definitive story of this season's Scottish Cup. How do
you fancy a Cosgrove carry out? Stewart goes back to his beloved
parents. -- Perth. The agony and the ecstasy. The Scottish Cup has
sparked mixed emotions for Dundee United fans over the years. Stevie
May and David Wotherspoon are local lives on the trail of glory. There
is comic content as we introduce some newly drawn cartoon characters.
We some newly drawn cartoon characters.
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William Hill Scottish Cup Final. Your coaching today. But you have
seen an off of Dundee United this season to know that the exciting?
Very much. When they get the ball down and pass it, they have good
energy. They can make it difficult for the opposition on the day. They
need to produce their best form. Some would say it is written in the
stars for St Johnstone in their first-ever Scottish Cup Final? I
would agree, the 17th of May, today's date, Stevie May, 17, it is
all written for them. I think St Johnstone can edge this with their
strength. I think people feared for the attendance at the time of the
semifinals, but we are talking about 28,004 Dundee United, 15,001st in
Johnstone and the neutrals. 50,000 in total. Yes, that was spoken about
a lot. Everyone has got behind the final. They are really enthusiastic
about it. It will be a tight game. There will not be much in it. St
Johnstone are more physical than Dundee United. Dundee United are
fantastic footballing team. It will be enjoyable to watch. St Mirren
striker Steven Thompson is part of the team as well. He knows how a
trophy can change the complexion of the season. He will be alongside our
match commentator, Liam McLeod. Good afternoon. You could forgive
these two teams for having slow ends to the season. It is one win in five
for both of them after the split. This is a massive deal for both
clubs. Dundee United can score goals. 12 times they have managed to
score four or more. One of their victims was St Johnstone in August.
As Michael was hinting, since then, Saints have the upper hands. -- the
upper hand. Today is a one-off. I think the players will have been
thinking of nothing but this game for weeks. Their preparation will be
meticulous. Coming into a cup final, the game in the past have no
bearing. The Dundee United players are just arriving. We are expecting
the St Johnstone team to be similar if not the same to the one that beat
Aberdeen in the semifinals. Stevie May has made all the headlines this
week, not just because of his name and the date. He has had a
phenomenal season. I personally think his strike partner does not
get enough credit, Steven McLean. He is vital to the way that St
Johnstone play. He links the play. He is a big player for them. Stevie
May got the goals in the semifinal. Steven McLean was superb as well.
The formation for St Johnstone has been the same all season. Yes, but
Dundee United have intelligent players. Paul Paton and John Rankin
do an excellent job. They allow everyone else to get forward. Gary
Mackay-Steven is a threat, Robertson on the outside of him. Both teams
have exciting former players. We will have the team News about two
o'clock. If you're coming to the game and a
strange man approaches you with a microphone and a Cameron -- and a
camera behind them, worry not, it is Jim Spence.
The business today is all about taking the Scottish Cup home. Who
will it be? I will be speaking to the fans shortly. This is all about
St Johnstone and Dundee United. St Johnstone or in their first-ever
Scottish Cup Final. Dundee United are trying to win for the first
time. Will the Scottish Cup beheading the Perth or Tannadice
Park? One thing is for sure, whichever of these teams wins the
Scottish Cup, tonight the famous old trophy will be resting somewhere on
Tayside. As you saw in the background, Dundee
United are the early. They are getting a feel for Celtic Park. He
knows that playing surface well. He was started in the past for Celtic,
Jackie McNamara, the Dundee United manager. They will be happy with
what BC in terms of the playing surface. Looks pristine. Jonathan
Sutherland is the man that will take you on a date tour of this season's
competition. The road to the final, right from the start. He is going
back even further. May 2013 saw 50,000 fans descend on
Hampden Park. Hibernian were out to avenge their defeat the previous
year. They met an unsympathetic Celtic side out to complete the
double. It is green and white from the West against green and white
from the East. Gary Hooper scores the opening goal. Gary Hooper again.
That might be the goal that takes the Scottish Cup to Parkhead. It is
party time for Celtic. Once again, the Scottish Cup belongs to Celtic.
The oldest national trophy in world football brought back here once
again. With Hampden Park out of commission, this is where the final
will be played. Only to make teams remain in the competition. September
sorrow and one get underway. The non-league clubs took centre stage.
This meant a 600 mile round trip for this team. Coldstream were mauled.
This was the goal of the game. It was scored by the skipper. Handbags
and marching orders before the end. 600 miles for six schools is sound
economics for any football fan. -- six goals. It was the Glasgow
students that went into the lead in this fixture. Paul Gallacher with
the strike. The opposition responded, equalised, and then find
the winner. This was a non-league Edinburgh derby. Spartans went
through to fight another day. More later as they rode to the final
continues. Getting Stuart Cosgrove to speak
continues. Getting Stuart Cosgrove to about St Johnstone is never a
problem. Especially with them limbering up for their first-ever
Scottish Cup Final. I have supported St Johnstone
throughout my entire life and remarkably it has taken hundred and
13 years to reach their first-ever Scottish Cup Final. It is unlock the
sense of celebration in Perth. I wanted to go home to find out why St
Johnstone are so special to the city, and why they are the perfect
community club. This is the first sign that you see when you come into
the town. May the 17th, I'm the back of the jersey of Stevie May. He
scored the goals to take St Johnstone to their first ever cup
final. The first stopping point is the only
place in Perth you're guaranteed to find Chinese lookalikes of Stevie
May. Tell us about this dish you have created for the final. It
contains chicken. It is to celebrate the final and getting behind the
home team. I have never felt that Perth has come together as much as
it has. There is a general well-being within the community.
Nothing has brought us all together like this. Where did the idea of the
weeks come from? What wakes? This is our real hair! You have got the
Dundee United ones as well. I am from the BBC, and environmental
health, and you are being arrested for selling Dundee United kicks. A
lot of people will be saying that. The Dundee United ones are not
selling. They are not doing too well, I must admit. It is pretty
clear they have not sold enough. I am standing at what was once known
the second round of St Johnstone. Back in the 80s, we were mocked for
selling out to a supermarket chain, but it turned out to be the best bit
of business St Johnstone has ever done. What a chance. St Johnstone
are back! There is only one player that the
fans universally called the legend. They see you giving your all in the
park. The team today, that is what they are all like. It has carried on
down to the town as well. Someone is always looking for a replica shirt
or a scarf and tickets are already going like gold dust. It is just
fantastic to see. Here eye and with a man who has a glorious nickname.
What are your feelings about the final? A lot of excitement, to be
honest. It has been a long time coming. We do not get the chance to
play in Cup finals very often. Really looking forward to it. The
first day the tickets went on sale here, people were queuing up to buy
tickets at eight o'clock in the morning. It is fantastic. A lot of
local business and support. Hope we can reward them. Thank you.
He has a tear in his eye and he will be excited as kick-off approaches.
You are watching the BBC build-up to the big match. Why are St Johnstone
called St Johnstone? Because they come from Saint John's town. You are
amazing. Tell me about the club and Tommy about how much this means to
them. -- tell me. Younger Christopher has been there a long
time. A real family environment. A wonderful club to be at. They do not
stress anything up. For me, they deserve a day like this. It will
bring a tear to the eye. If St Johnstone when, someone might break
down. They beat Rosenberg in Europe weight back when. I can barely
remember it. It could be a special ending for the season as well. I
think they have the advantage of having beat in the United States
Times out of four. Psychologically, -- beat Dundee United three times
out of four. An amazing spike the goal Cup Final, but they are
believing that they can win. You have a lot of facts. We heard
earlier from Mackay and Anderson. So much experience the core of that
defence. Could that be decisive today is the Mark they are going to
be up against -- decisive today? They are going to have to defend
well, but they have done that all season. Dundee United are an
expensive playing team and St Johnstone are built on a strong
foundation and they have got that threat up front with MacLean at help
them out. It is going to get busier and busier outside as we can hear
the pipes in the background as the fans begin to assemble outside
Celtic Park. The Scottish Cup 2014 approaching. Let's get back outside.
We are with Lavern Kelley -- Lorraine Kelly. I am so nervous
today. I always get nervous, though. I am shaky. Look, I have done my
nails. I am head to toe in tangerine. It is pretty bright,
isn't it? I got these shoes 20 years ago and I am hoping they will bring
us luck. It is all about the shoes. You are the key man?
us luck. It is all about the shoes. If we can play the way we know that
we can, and what I love about that, our babies, nothing frightens them,
they will really just go for it. What do you think it would mean for
them to win Mister Mark it means the world -- when it? It means the world
and a big party tonight and probably for the next year. It means
everything. I am just asking for them to give their best, that is all
you can ask of the team, and I a will. Give us your score prediction.
I cannot. I do not want to jinx it. She told me earlier
I cannot. I do not want to jinx it. first lady of television, Lorraine
Kelly. The Scottish Cup flashback is always
right of the build-up to the main event. Round 24 Albion Rovers
signaled the start of the fairy tale. -- round two.
signaled the start of the fairy So often the site of shock in the
signaled the start of the fairy play a Rovers side. It was a close
affair. One play a Rovers side. It was a close
teams. The Cup play a Rovers side. It was a close
begun her for Albion. play a Rovers side. It was a close
master class for the play a Rovers side. It was a close
opened the scoring with a kick. Harris added a second from close
range. Both teams would score before the hat trick was completed. A wild
lunge. Clyde are awarded a free kick, which
is taken by the left back. It is a goal. The first and only goal of the
match. What a day for Clyde, as Anderson holds the Cup.
They had the honour of having their names etched on the Scottish Cup
three times, but the last was in the 1950s. Light would emerge with a 3-0
win. -- Clyde. Stuart Macomber would round off the victory in the 90th
minute. The Highland league Derby, and the home side were lucky not to
take the lead. More clinical in front of goal. A former striker put
to the visitors in front after just six minutes. Their place was as sure
it when a 25 yard volley was cracked after 20 minutes.
The road to Birkhead has started to gain momentum.
We saw Dundee United and the edge of the Tibet earlier. They were here
early. St Johnstone are here now. -- edge of the pitch. Is the 50th game
for this man in charge. Its fate going to be smiling on them
today? I wonder. Let's get back outside, with a chance for Spencer
to prove he is king of the chat. Girl, you are all looking lovely
today. What is going to happen today? We are going to win.
Confident! Yes stop the sugar yes. A landslide. You have been rehearsing
this. -- yes. A landslide. You have been rehearsing this. What do you
think, ladies? Armstrong. Ciftci. He is a handsome fellow. It is going to
be a great day for stop -- great day. Lots of support. What will it
be like in that the if they win? It is going to be mental. Parties.
Where are you from? Why are you here? Why on earth would you not be
here? Where else would you be in Scotland today. You are you
supporting? I am not supporting anyone. I am just hoping for a good
game. Excellent. Good man. The first part of any bag pipe tune
is blowing up the bag. Bag pipe to soundtrack the Scottish
Cup final. Rooster has a place in the hearts of Dundee United fans. --
Brewster. Do not take my word for it. Here is the full history. Dundee
United have a great footballing tradition and they enjoyed a steady
stream of great football over the years. This will be the 10th
Scottish Cup final. Remarkably, it was 1974 before they researched --
reached the first one. This is the story of their Cup history.
A big game for Dundee United, the Cup Final, Jim McLean getting an
opportunity to win his first trophy as a manager. That was maybe a
factor in the game as much as anything else. We were delighted to
get there. A replay in 1981 saw Rangers victors. It is fantastic
when you have the crowd behind you. They were mass favourites. --
massive favourites. It was massive. You had the whole season. The
players got over it a lot quicker than the manager. He hated getting
beat. Four years later, it was Celtic who brought United house. We
looked as if we were going to break up dock. Then we equalised. The
Celtic fans seemed to take over. That caused a bit of a problem. Even
when United were favourites, could not get their hands on the
trophy. We were doing well in the league and most of the Cup
competitions. We were confident. We were in the final. Nine times out of
ten we would have beaten them. Celtic came from behind late on to
take the silverware in 1988. It was the final nail in the coffin. That
is when user thinking that it might not be every year that we get back.
-- you start thinking. United for the bridesmaid again. -- United were
the bridesmaid again. It was heartbreaking for us. You have to
give them full credit there. They were galvanized again and again and
got the dodgy winner. I actually got the winners medal. They give us the
wrong medals. That made it worse. We had to give the medals back. After
six final losses, United finalists -- finally broke the Scottish Cup
hoodoo. It made you appreciate what it meant. What everyone had gone
through, the United fans, the heartache. It was such a great
feeling. It was a great feeling to get the cup. It was relief. It is
what football is about. We felt like world beaters. We could play anyone
what football is about. We felt like and feel like we were growing to be
done. And Alan Thompson free kick in 2005 brought more Scottish Cup Final
climb, but five years later, it was a beautiful bay at hand and for the
Tangerines. -- a beautiful beer Hamden Park. The players did really
well. I was a nervous wreck before the game. All the
well. I was a nervous wreck before us. We had fantastic support. We
settled after the first goal, us. We had fantastic support. We
what a goal from David Goodwillie. Just
what a goal from David Goodwillie. the smiles on their faces. I
remember the civic reception in Dundee. These are memories that will
never be forgotten. I am looking forward to the final, every one is.
The fans are up for it as well. I want to see us get the victory. It
would be great to walk up as captain and lift the trophy. For myself, the
team, the staff, everyone at the club, and most importantly, the
fans, I want them to enjoy their summer. We will talk about Dundee
United in a moment, but let's have a look at St Johnstone. It is such a
historic occasion for the club. Some of these players were slapping the
moment on their phones, just to record it. Babies Stevie May. Could
he play a crucial role this afternoon? It is the first time in
more than 100 years of existence that they are through to this
special showpiece. We heard there from David. He likes a laugh. Yes,
he certainly does. When we played in the final, I had my nice sit on.
When I opened the door to the dressing room, he threw a bucket of
water over me. It was ridiculous. You were obviously feeling the pain
as we went back through those Dundee United years. You world his Lear
fan. You lived through lots of that. Yes, I was at the finals from the
early 1980s. Some amazing game. When we eventually won, it was brilliant
for the boys that had sampled defeat after defeat. It was a joyous day.
The manager persuaded you that you could do anything? Yes, he believed
in his players. We beat Rangers at Ibrox 3-0 that season. It was
psychological. We knew that we could beat Rangers. He was saying all the
time, we are going to win the cup, and it came true. It is bad enough
losing the cart several times over for Dundee United, but especially
when the man from the Football Association gives you the wrong
medal. It was devastating. He came knocking on the door and said, can
you hand the medals back. I wonder what sort of reaction he got? It was
very disappointing. Dundee United are big club in Scotland. You want
to see the steam is doing well. This season, they have played fantastic
football. I wonder who the next guest is on the Jim Spence shall?
Let's find out. We are outside with Eve Muirhead, or Olympic Curragh.
She is a St Johnstone fan. I really think we will do well. We have had a
good run-up this final. It has been to refix season for them. Everyone
is looking to Stevie May as the talisman. He has had a great Steve
-- a great season. I know him quite well. I think he is confident, and
hopefully he can get the winning goals. There will be a lot of
pressure on the gallows. They are the underdogs. How do you handle
this top level pressure? What is the mentality? I think the hard work has
been done. It is basically finishing off the job. It is keeping the same
routine. Do not change too much. We found that worked well for us, not
changing the routine. If they can keep the winning formula going, it
will be good. It is the first Scottish Cup Final for St Johnstone.
What will it mean to the city? It would be massive. Perth is buzzing.
Everything is decorated in blue and white. It will be massive for the
club. It is great that they have got to the final. This is a lady who
knows about success, so I will not argue with her. Thank you.
Round three of this season's Scottish Cup was the stage where
Rangers entered the fray. The guessing game began about how far
they might go. Natural novel. -- Nacho Novo. That was a touch of
genius. The third round welcome some big names into the drop, none more
so than Rangers. The zero that day in 2009 was back at Hampden Park to
deliver his side's fate. Rangers were drawn against Airdrie. They
should the same killer instinct that they had in the league. Jon Daly was
the hero in a routine victory for Rangers. Two well taken goals. Then
the substitute added a third. 3-0, Rangers comfortably into the next
round. Then Berwick Rangers came to town. 600 hardy souls braved the
elements. The game went to a replay. This own goal meant that a replay
was on the cards. Seven days later, they met again. This time, the tie
was in no doubt. Berwick Rangers added a second goal. This composed
finish made it 3-0. Berwick Rangers into the draw. Montrose travel.
Because the meat Fraserburgh. -- Montrose travel to meet Fraserburgh.
As the weather worsened, the Highland league side levelled. This
was the winner for the hosts, right at the death, as the heavens opened.
Sir Alex Ferguson made the draw for the fourth round. He finished his
playing days at Ayr United, and they beat his first club, Queen's Park.
Some great moments from the early stages of this Scottish Cup
competition. Today, it is all stages of this Scottish Cup
the final. St Johnstone against Dundee United. Let's find out what
the fans are reckoning will happen today.
These are very lively bunch of St Johnstone supporters. How will this
pan out today? I think it will be even, it is difficult to call. But
with Stevie May, I think we can manage it. Do you agree with that?
Stevie May is the talisman? Years indeed. What are his strength? He is
really fit and fast. He can get past defenders. He is young and has a
long way to go in his career. I am with a bunch of Arabs. How is it
going to go today? It is definitely going to be Dundee United's day. We
are too good at midfield, with Nadir Ciftci upfront. Do you share that
are too good at midfield, with Nadir view? Yes, come on Dundee United. I
am hopeful today. St Johnstone are decent team, but I think we will
rise to the occasion. What would it mean
rise to the occasion. What would it everything. Will you be celebrating
tomorrow if you win this? Definitely. Give me a score
prediction. 2-1, United. 3-1 United. Enjoy today. Lots of love for Stevie
May foreign -- from the St Johnstone fans. Stevie May and David
Wotherspoon are both local lads who want to make Perth proud. It has
been a long time coming, but after 113 years, St Johnstone have reached
the final of the Scottish Cup. It is especially meaningful for
there to Perth born players. I started at the academy when I was
12. It was enjoyable, coming through. It made it more special
when I eventually managed to play my first game. I was here when I was
about 12 years old. I trained with the youth team at that point. I'll
was supported St Johnstone when I was young. We got into Europe,
playing against Monaco. At the time, I was watching quite
faithfully. Those are my happiest moments. It is a massive occasion
for Perth, and for the club. When you turn up to training and you turn
up to training and UCD cues coming out of the stands, it is great. All
the people say hello when you walk past. They are happy and buzzing. A
League Cup semifinal against Aberdeen did not go to plan for St
Johnstone. When teams The Met again in the Scottish Cup, Saints were
determined to make amends. When we got the first goal, that is when I
thought, this could be our time. Thankfully, the Scottish Cup went
better than the League Cup. A lovely touch from Stevie May. He might just
have fired St Johnstone into their first-ever Scottish Cup Final. St
Johnstone will be going to the final on May the 17th. Everything really
clicked before the semifinal. When we got through, somebody said to me,
and it clicked. The omens are looking good for the St Johnstone
talisman. He is hoping to add to his tally. Everything is about hitting
the back of the net. I can be happy if we win, but I am disappointed if
I do not score goals. David Wotherspoon joined his boyhood
heroes after four years at Hibernian. The fans will remember me
for scoring against Hearts. It was a massive deflection, but I will take
it. David Wotherspoon was distraught to be dropped for the big day at
Hampden Park after helping his side to the final. I just wanted to be
part of it. It is a massive occasion. Luckily I have another
chance. My football has been consistent, I feel, through the
season. I think that is down to the boys, and obviously the manager as
well. He believes in me, which is what I need. The manager has been
great. This is the most successful season we have ever had, I
semifinal, a final, and in the top six.
The last three years we have managed to beat them. Anything can happen.
On that day, who performs best will be left in the Cup. We would be
heroes, I'd think. Not just one of us, but all of us.
Wotherspoon seems like a player reborn, back with home team, and
Steve is macro is having an amazing season. -- Steve May. He just wants
to score goals. It is important here. He fires that ball forward. He
wants to get in and have a shot on goal. Everything about the guy
wants to get in and have a shot on direct. He wants to score goals. Set
pieces, he is sniffing out chances. Great feet as well. You see it on
this angle. When it drops to him, he has defenders all around him, he
shifts it, right but, finds the back of the net. A great play by May. A
wake-up play will stop you notice -- plate. Great player. He is almost
looking for this ball. He wins the ball in the air. An intelligent
player. He gets an early shot fired off. No chance to save its because
of that early strike. Anytime he gets the ball he is straight at the
goal. He is 21. You have to remind yourself that this is his first full
season of top-flight football. It is amazing. 27 goals is an amazing
contribution. He was out on loan. 40 goals at another club. Hamilton.
Over 40 goals for the two clubs. He scored 27 goals and he is going to
get stronger and stronger. It will be difficult for St Johnstone to
hold on to him during the summer. His development has been amazing and
dramatic. I believe he wants to stay at the club and he will get an
extension. He is a terrific young player, Young player of the year
this year as well, so he has a major part to play. Let's go back to our
commentators. We speculated earlier about the team and we were not to
far off. No surprises at all in either line-up. We will start with
St Johnstone. They are listed as the home team, if you like. It is the
exact same team that played Aberdeen in the semifinals. It is the back
for that is important for me, very competitive stop -- competitive.
Players that can go past players and create things as well. Tommy writes
was in the papers yesterday and he suggested that Souttar would make a
lot of headlines of the season and would not chart today. He does not
start today for McNamara today. We know what the four can do. Are you
surprised by that? Not really. I'd think Dow has been doing
exceptionally well and he deserved his place today. I am sure he will
play some part today. Another big decision was the right back. That is
the shape and that is the formation. That is the way that
Dundee has eased their whole season. Could it come down to who could
handle it better? I think it is down to to defend the best.
handle it better? I think it is down team defends the best will be the
team that wins. We are not even an hour away from kick-off and the fans
are beginning to come into Celtic Park. The first Scottish Cup final
here since 1998. It is Tommy Wright's first season as
manager. The big day is upon us. What are the feelings in the St
Johnstone dressing room? There has been a lot of excitement this week
but we came away from Perth yesterday with another success. I
think the lads have been detached from the real excitement. We are
totally focused and we have a job to do and I glad it has come around and
it is near to kick off time. There has been a lot of media attention
over the last few weeks and now we have to get down to business. What
were your final message be to the players? I want them to embrace the
occasion but I'd don't want them to be overconfident. Among them to be
organised -- I want them to be organised and caused Dundee United
problems. What would it mean to you to guide St Johnstone to their first
ever Scottish Cup victory? It would be nice but I would get a lot of
satisfaction out of seeing the players lift the trophy. Obviously I
will be proud, but I'd think there will be a lot of people who would be
more proud. We wish you luck. We will hear from Jackie McNamara
shortly. He was a former assistant. Steve Lomas was successful in his
time at St Johnstone on about the has been galvanised. What an
achievement. He is a 50-year-old man but he is like a boy at heart. The
players really like him. The attitude is always... He gets the
best of it, every single player and his staff. You see players like
him, right from the first game of the season, you can just tell that
they were buying into what he is trying to do. If Wright had not been
the manager, May would not have even been at the club. He would have been
away if Steve Lomas was still the manager. He would not be here today.
He seems to tell it like it is when he is speaking in front of the
camera and in the dressing room and players like that, straightforward.
I think he gets a lot of respect and he has a good staff to work with him
as well him and that combination definitely works. We were speaking
about May, he is the obvious player, but when you see McLean in
behind him, they may not play that way for the whole game, that is a
great combination, we have seen it already in the way they combine and
create goals. McLean has been brilliant. He is the one that takes
the bump up the big centre half. St Johnstone have got good players all
over. Mackay is ever present. I am just delighted. Two finals, and
thankfully today is the start of another one. A couple of months ago,
there are some players that fans would not have known. That is the
great thing about Kaddish for ball at the moment. There are the --
Scottish football at the moment. There are opportunities. They have
grabbed the opportunity with both hands, they have had the opportunity
and they have taken it. Let's hit rewind again as we reflect
on the Scottish Cup story so far. There was a big name to carry out
the draw. Sir Alex Ferguson lit the fourth
round of and fireworks at night. 32 teams in the draw and some cracking
ties. What ever the draw, you have to have
passion, determination and drive. The fourth round, it team dared to
dream. Dundee United have beaten Rangers. Queen of the South could
just not cross the line in 2008. Rangers have won and queen of the
south have given up everything. Falkirk fell. A chance for revenge
and a chance to knock out Rangers. Living the dream. This is where the
line will be drawn into thousand 14. But who will cross that finish line?
-- in a 2014. The holders of to Tynecastle and
they were rattles the -- rattled. Wonderful goal from Celtic.
That's the Fed, and what a fifth it was. And they have it. A hat trick
for Collins. Scott Brown leather 's seven into seventh heaven.
Sir Alex was not kind to the club when he made his name. An early goal
with the Aberdeen through. -- in early goal would see Aberdeen
through. Aberdeen have the lead. It is Aberdeen. Sir Alex Ferguson would
hand his old club a tie. And May would make his date with destiny
with a goal. Typical clinical finishing and then a header saw
the... Terry Butcher now at the helm.
Danny handling for Hibernian. Paul Tierney. Great run. Down he goes.
And it is going to be a yellow card. That is his second and he is off.
The full-time whistle has gone and Hibernian have their first ever win
against Ross County. Sir Alex Witt -- United would produce the kind of
informants that would get a sign from the -- smile from McLean.
We are on our way. Three goals. The game is squared. It is a wonderful
move from Johnston. He scores again. It is a football fairy tale.
Penalty, Dundee United. The goal is in the unguarded net and
Dundee United The goal is in the unguarded net and
Scottish Cup last 16. In a repeat of the 2009 final, Falkirk
Scottish Cup last 16. In a repeat of would go head to head once again,
this time at the Falkirk Stadium. Nikki Gleick. It is a red card for
Falkirk. And Rangers ago into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
David Templeton in the second-half stoppage time and sure is that
Rangers are going into the next stage. Queen of the South would
draw. The liked it. What an equaliser from Queen of -- equalised
it. What a goal from Queen of the South. For Albion Rovers fans, this
fixture was more than worth the wait. Gary Phillips scores. It is a
massive cup shock. A sensational victory, and Albion Rovers would
soon be back here New Douglas Park to face Rangers.
The fourth round of the Scottish Cup was Albion Rovers' round. They
knocked out Motherwell. It was a special moment for them. It was.
They had an amazing run in the Scottish Cup. It is good for small
clumps. It is a great tournament for small clubs. And they gave Rangers
afraid, not wanting to spoil the story for you! Yes, they took them
to a replay. We have not mentioned the Dundee United left back. He has
had a great season. He scored twice against Kilmarnock. Tremendous. He
could win the Scottish Cup with Dundee United, and we have spoken
about him being selected for Scotland. He plays as full-back, but
he scores goals and he is a good defender. We were talking about
numbers earlier on. About 28,000 four Dundee United. 15,000 for St
Johnstone. That is a massive chunk of the population of Perth. It is a
tremendous achievement for St Johnstone. They always said that
15,000 would be the target. It is some percentage turnout? Yes. To get
one in three of the time to come to the final, it is a great
achievement. We are just looking for the team to respond today. Let's
have a look at Dundee United out on the pitch. They are limbering up.
This is Nadir Ciftci. Craig Brewster, I am managing that you
like the look of him. He has gone under the radar for some people. We
have been speaking about the Dundee United youngsters. He is very
talented. He is pivotal to what Dundee United do in terms of shape.
He is strong, aggressive, he scores goals. I imagine that there will be
a few English clubs wanting to take him down the road, having started
his career at Portsmouth. Are you trying to sell have this Dundee
United team? Jackie McNamara will not like you! Let's hear from him.
You have an experienced paling at centre back. Was that influenced by
the effect that Stevie May has had on you in previous matches? Not at
all. It is the same starting line-up that one at Inverness. It has been
successful in the last few weeks for us. Give us an insight into what
you're saying to the players? The biggest thing is to enjoy the
occasion. They have got to make sure it does not get the better of them.
They have got to put in a performance and take the cup back
with us. You have had Scottish Cup success as a player. What we did
mean as a manager? It would be fantastic. My thoughts are for the
players. I wanted more -- I want it more for them, than anything. All
the best. You can see how it is shaping up.
The stadium is gradually filling up. Let's head back outside. It
looks like Jim Spence has got himself on the wrong side of the
law? I am outside Celtic Park with a
couple of well-known Scottish detectives. Are you going to do this
today? Who knows? It will be another hundred years if we do not. I think
it is the best chance that we will have. It is getting tougher by the
minute. It is getting wetter and wetter. It is going to be marred! --
it is going to be murder! Stevie May is the danger man. Yes, destiny is
on his back. He is the danger man. We were just in the pub. It was full
of Dundee United fans and Saints fans. It was a great atmosphere. Can
United handcuff Stevie May. I do not know. Very good. We have seen him
dance around Dundee United before. If we can keep it tight, we have
every chance. That sounds very technical. Give me a protect -- give
me a protection. -- prediction. 3-2, United. Thank you very much.
me a protection. -- prediction. 3-2, police plans you could possibly want
in a short space of time. By the time we had reached the fifth round
of the Scottish Cup, we were down to the last 16 teams.
When it comes to this stage of the Scottish Cup, it is a hard task to
get squat the outcome will be. -- to guess what the outcome will be.
Aberdeen were an impressive form. After being runners-up in the last
two cup finals, Hibernian were looking for that extra trick up
their sleeves. They played host to Raith Rovers. This certainly would
not be any pushover. For further athletic played St Johnstone. --
Forfar Athletic. Dundee United last tasted Scottish Cup success in 2010.
They played St Mirren. At this stage, anything was possible when it
came to the magic of the Scottish Cup. Rangers were dealt the opening
match. They beat Dunfermline. Rangers have the early initiative.
Jon Daly, a brilliant save. It is two for Rangers. David Templeton
adds some gloss to the scoreline. Rangers add to their already massive
lead. Celtic were the kings Rangers add to their already massive
cup, but they would be decked by Aberdeen. Brilliant. He batters the
ball past Langfield. Anderson, it is parity at Parkhead. 2-1, Aberdeen.
Aberdeen had knocked the holders out. The Scottish Cup was up for
grabs. Hibernian did not expect to fall flat against Raith Rovers.
Raith Rovers take the lead at Easter Road. Albion Rovers continued to
defy expectations. Albion Rovers score a second. Dundee United had a
tricky tie against St Mirren. Marian Kello was in sparkling form. This is
a chance for Dundee United. That is a great save. It is steered them by
Ryan Gauld. Dundee United take the lead. A penalty has been given. As
cool as you like. St Mirren or level. -- are level. That is a
wonderful save. Nadir Ciftci. Dundee United take their place in the
quarterfinal. St Johnstone shuffled through to the last eight against
four for athletic. -- against Forfar Athletic. Stevie May gets the vital
touch. Frazer Wright knocks it in. It will break came true for
O'Halloran. -- it will break kindly for. That was another terrific
introduction. Elsewhere, Dumbarton soph Alloa Athletic. -- saw off. 82
teams started the competition. Now only eight teams remain. The
complexion of the competition changed in that round, with Celtic
being out. Yes, when the big teams are knocked out of the competition,
it gives the other teams believe. They hope they can do well. Over the
last few years, Hearts, St Mirren, a number of teams, St Johnstone,
Dundee United, have one major trophies. That can only be good for
Scottish food bowl, -- Scottish football, to allow the fans to taste
success. Everyone is looking forward to this. Let's look at a couple of
players who are maybe not the obvious ones that you would think
would be significant to the final. Alan Mannus is one that always does
not get the praise that he deserves. What do you think? He has been a
great signing. Tommy Wright has known him for a number of yours. His
season will not be over. Add leave he will be grim to South America
with the national squad. He is a great shot stopper. If he has a
slight weakness, it is with the ball at his feet, but for me, he is a top
goalkeeper. On the opposition side, let's look at Sean Dillon. He has
not played lots this season. He has spent lots of time on the bench.
What does he offer alongside Gavin Gunning in central defence? He has
the experience of Gunning in central defence? He has
Scottish Cup. He will come some of these younger players down. Their
Hearts will be pounding. -- Hearts. Dundee United will be looking for a
big performance from them. Sometimes Dundee United try to play too much
football from the back. Yes. But with Gavin Gunning at centre back
and Sean Dillon, it will be a difficult defence to break down. If
you are good enough, you're old enough, and that has been Jackie
McNamara's mantra since taking over at Dundee United. Let's hear from
three of those younger players. Dundee United are on the break.
Robertson, Armstrong, Ryan Gauld. Jings, crivens! Those pesky Bash
Street Kids have invaded the pitch. He is stealing the half-time pies! I
think that's perfect. He has got the muscle definition. Where are you? I
am that one. The body tone is nice. What about you? I look like I am
mourning for not coming back. -- moaning. What do you recall from the
Scottish Cup competition? The first one was Kilmarnock. I got a goal. I
got a goal against St Mirren. Nadir Ciftci. It is steered and by Ryan
Gauld. We did well to get that result. St Mirren have made it
tricky for us a couple of times this season. Nadir Ciftci, he is a
character. Tell us about him. He has that expression of someone has not
passed to him. He has done well for as this season. People talk about
you being baby Messi. Does that get on your nerves? It is a nice
complement to hear. Calling me the best player in the world. Is he the
best player at Tannadice Park? Yes, after me.
That was a thrashing on the worst pitch possible. Armstrong, and it is
five. I1 against Inverness, it was a nice one. Stuart Armstrong. I'd do
not think we paid too much attention in the build-up. We had a great turn
out on the day. We knew ourselves that we did not play our best. We
knew the main objective was to get through. We are looking for a better
performance in the final. There is a very handsome man here. That is
Spencer! I think he plays with a philosophy.
Spencer! I think he plays with a ones. That is GMS. I think he will
be happy with that. ones. That is GMS. I think he will
ranking. He looks very tan. What do you make of St Johnstone? There have
been some puzzles you make of St Johnstone? There have
sides this season. -- titles. They have got the better of us so far
this season. The 1-0 win, that have got the better of us so far
be playing on the minds of our fans. It will be down to the day. Whenever
be playing on the minds of our fans. we have played them they have done
very well and have made it hard for us and so far that has worked for
them. We hope that we can create a few chances and take them on the
day. If you do that you will be legends in the city of Dundee. What
would it mean to you personally? For the club, it is a massive
achievement, and for the fans and the players, and that is why we
train and strive to get a result. This could be the only Cup Final of
our career so we have to try and take it while it is there. That is
what you dream of as a kid, being the hero in a Cup Final. If we can
win the Cup we will be seen as a hero.
Ryan Gauld will start this game on the bench. The Dundee United lads
all grew up together. I am sure it will be fun and games in the
dressing room. Jackie has given them a place. Go out and play and enjoy
them. How good a player has Stuart Armstrong become? He is a top
player. You heard him talking, he has got confidence. Good players
know they are good players will stop he has brought goals this season.
This one here -- players. He has broad goals this year. He gets a hat
on it. This one is very good to keep an eye on. Always moving, the ball
is getting headed back in. He is showing his composure. He just
passes it into the corner. It bounces high up. He does not panic.
Great composer. This one here, we just highlighted, a great
combination play. So symbolic of Dundee United's play. Tight areas,
good control. This is something that does not happen often enough in
modern football. Football -- players in his position want to run in, and
too many players want the ball to their feet. He is direct getting in
behind and he is a top player and has a big future ahead of him. He is
the best of the young kids in my opinion. He is the modern midfield
player. He is outscoring goals and goes beyond the strikers. There are
not many that want to do that now. Billions contribution from him. You
see his intelligence. Different class. Whether he plays a wide,
through the middle, and I think that is how he will play today, through
the middle. The final flashback is the round known as the
quarterfinals. Celtic were last year's Cup winners
and favourites, but they would succumb to the red revival in around
five. -- in round five. This game has been turned on its head.
Aberdeen needed to eat the defiant decide to have the Scottish comp --
Aberdeen needed to beat the defiant decide. They faced a tough challenge
against another membership side. A dominant display. Rangers, the most
successful side left in the competition. They were firm
favourites in the final four. Standing in the way, a lead to
team. It was an old partnership affair.
Both sides fought hard. Cierzniak -- Ciftci! Rovers rolled out the carpet
as they hosted St Johnstone. The visitors helped themselves to a
place in the semifinal. Nicely. What a start for Saints. What a goal!
That is special stuff. What a goal. It crept in on the near post. St
Johnstone have their place in the Scottish Cup semifinal. Three hours
and 150 miles to Aberdeen, and it was clear that they were not just
there for a joy ride. The dons for the new Scottish Cup favourites and
would eventually ever, Iain Murray's side, but only just.
Headed down into the ground. Aberdeen are into their second
semifinal this season. Adam Rooney. The match winner. United fans turned
up in their numbers to watch a performance from their team. A
Highland welcome from a very generous home defence. What a
chance. It is talked away beautifully. Have to be careful. It
comes back towards the goal. A penalty. Dundee United are into the
It is Armstrong and it is five. last four.
It is Armstrong and it is five. cruising through with ease. Rangers
welcomed Rovers. Would they pull off another minute mental shock? Rovers
have scored. S Rocco -- the ball ends up in the act of the net. What
a display from the man in red this afternoon. The Rovers rebellion
would be quelled. Rangers are in front in the 18th minute. A good
one. A fine header. A brave effort by Rovers. It is Rangers to come out
victorious -- who come out the Tories. Things were just getting
interesting. Those five goals created for Dundee
United in the quarterfinals could have been a timely warning for St
Johnstone about what could happen if this United team really start to
play. There is the captain. I guess no-one is going to be relishing this
occasion more than hen. He has been a semifinal loser so often. --
occasion more than hen. He has been than hen. Everyone looks up to him
and he than hen. Everyone looks up to him
terrific player. He than hen. Everyone looks up to him
the year. A terrific player. The battle between him
If he can force them back and will be a major plus for St Johnstone. It
is about to the forces the issue or who can issue -- forced the issue.
It is certainly anti-Robertson's game. Decent position. The opposite
fullback has to drop off and defend. That's could be the crucial aspect.
If Dundee United can dictate the play here, it will definitely suit
them, because this is a fantastic pitch to play football. I am looking
forward to seeing how Dundee United used their attacking and defensive.
Mackay couldn't see the threat from United down the left-hand side. He
is the young player of this season in the top flight and he is in the
Scotland squad as well. He is a modern-day fullback. They get
forward and create chances and he does all of that. A lot of the guys
who are out there today, we have spoken about the Wotherspoon, these
guys started the season just dreaming that they would take part
in the Cup Final today, so they are going to have a huge part to play on
all of these guys we have mentioned. He has watched a few finals. He is a
Perth lad and he deserves this. There has been heartbreak for the
last two years for him. He was really heartbroken. He has got a
chance today to go out there and maybe just scored the winner. At the
semifinal stage of the Scottish Cup final, let's get back.
St Johnstone. Aberdeen. Reaching the final, making that journey, it takes
a lot more than just luck. It is about crossing the finishing line.
The United can were unhappy -- camp were unhappy. A massive advantage. A
semifinal is a semifinal wherever you play. The football match got
played and what a football match it was. It is a home advantage with a
difference for the Rangers team. This could be dangerous. Dundee
United have a lead in the Scottish Cup semifinals. A free kick. It has
gone in. Around the goalkeeper. Dundee United are taking it to the
Scottish Cup final. The second semifinal with a hard act to follow.
For expecting an Aberdeen victory. Stevie May slams St Johnstone back
into the Scottish cup. Stevie May fires St Johnstone into their
first-ever Scottish Cup final. 130 years of waiting. The last step on
the road to Celtic Park is almost here. Only one name will be etched
on the trophy. Tonight, wherever you are, sit back and enjoy what remains
of the right. It's been a rather epic journey.
We are here at the final stage of this season's Scottish Cup
competition. Aberdeen probably had big expectations of being here,
maybe getting a cup double for the season. St Johnstone had other
ideas. And that will give them massive belief today. Aberdeen
dominated the first half then Tommy made tactical changes and moved
Stevie May close to Stephen McClane. They squeezed the midfield and two
terrific goals. That has to give them confidence. Aberdeen were the
favourites, and have knocked out the favourites. Who becomes the
favourite? I think it is a 50/50 game. I wouldn't know how to price
this one up as a bookmaker. It's an even money match. The other
semifinal was interesting. Dundee United felt they might have won with
some comfort, Rangers had chances early on, which might have been
taken and then it would have been totally different. Quite a strange
one. Dundee United going to Ibrox as the favourites. Quite rightly, they
are the better team. But in the second half they did start to get
nervous when they realised that they needed a little slip from Simmons.
Dundee United were the better team, no doubt about it. Dundee United you
get slightly nervous which might be a slight concern for Jackie McNamara
in terms of how they might handle the occasion. There is a
ruthlessness about Dundee United. We touched on it with a 5-0 game
against Inverness. They have that about them. They will have to come
out and win the battle. Hoping to play the open and expansive football
they play. That will be crucial in the early part of the game. It will
be interesting to see how the players handle the occasion. Could
set pieces play a big part? I think it could. A tight game set pieces
can be big. St Johnstone have been potent from set pieces this season.
They have guys who want to win the ball. There is Anderson getting the
knock-down, and Stevie May is always in around the six yard box. This one
again, Anderson getting on the ball at the front post. You need guys
that want to attack the ball with real purpose. St Johnstone have got
that. Frazer Wright gets on it again. A commanding centre half who
wants to win it. When you look at Sean Dillon playing, that is saying
something, Jackie McNamara realises he wants proper defenders in there.
Dundee United lack of them, and you need guys who will win the ball. St
Johnstone do that. They have guys that want to win the ball and attack
it. They have the delivery as well. I have good delivery, because if you
only have one side of it, guys who want to attack the ball, if you
don't get a good ball into them, nothing comes. This just shows you,
the delivery they have, through Wotherspoon, the quality he has from
set pieces, bang, into the top corner. So the quality they have got
from set pieces, Dundee United out to be careful. I don't think the
goalkeeper is that strong all commanding with the high balls. The
two centre halves have doubled a performance if they're going to stop
St Johnstone scoring. You've got three quarters of the back four who
are a threat at the set pieces. So you have plenty happening at set
pieces. Plenty the Dundee United to think about. They have got
goal-scorers all over the place. He scored a few free kicks in his time,
McKay. He is the one who does not really contribute at left back, but
from the defence, to the middle, to the attack, they will score today, I
think. Will that be a big concern of the Dundee United? Will that play a
big part in their preparations getting ready for set pieces and
tackling them? Without a doubt. That is why he has Sean Dillon partnering
Dunning in the centre defence. From open play, St Johnstone will swing a
lot of balls -- gunning. Coming. From open play. We talked about the
flair players were Dundee United, , but they hinge so much on the base
that Paul but they hinge so much on the base
them. The but they hinge so much on the base
off-the-cuff. It is natural ability. What we are highlighting, Payton and
ranking -- Rankin, they have to work on that and
ranking -- Rankin, they have to work foot to go and express themselves
and really hurt teams. Without that, they can't do their business.
You see John Rankin, good composure and every one of these clubs, less
than ten yards. That is vital to give them the platform. We are
talking about the back four, the centre halves who might be a bit
suspect. If you have that in front, there's all sorts of benefits. With
the fullbacks charging forward, you have to have somebody who will come
in and cover. And winning balls high up the park. If you want to nullify
Stevie May and McLean, you have to push up high, and that is what
Rankin has done. I was watching Dundee United and it was Paul Payton
in the first game of the season who was playing as a loan holding
midfielder Andy was rebuked -- and he was for a few games. Maybe Jacqui
has learned what is best system is Azeez, long. -- Jackie McNamara. If
wonderful what -- fullback weatherboard, the other one toxin
I've seen -- if one fullback goes forward the other one toxin. Having
the license to do that, and protect, if they go forward they
know that they are secure the back and Paul Payton will drop into an
area where the Right back and Paul Payton will drop into an area where
the writeback will be an John Rankin can drop whether left back will be.
-- Paul Paton. The players don't play them to win awards, but they
are valuable in the setup. There is discipline in that formation, the
fullbacks bombing on. I had John Rankin at Inverness and I would love
to see him pick up a winner 's medal because he's a fantastic role model
for everybody, fantastic attitude and I'd love to see him get the
credit he deserves. We were talking about Paul Paton starting on his
own, and sometimes the best formation comes about organically.
The manager recognises it. They have found the system and it suits the
players the best. You've probably seen enough of us. Let's have a look
at what is happening outside. Because it is building up very
nicely indeed. There is that wall of tangerine around Celtic Park, and
15,000 in blue and white as well. Let's continue the thread of the
discussion, because we have spoken about developing talent from both
teams, and Stevie May at St Johnstone. Jackie McNamara falls
into the category as well, doesn't he, as a developing talent as a
manager? He is a refreshing young manager. Very attacking minded.
Lights to get bodies in the box and score goals. He has taken that
velocity on from Partick Thistle. If you go much Dundee United, you are
guaranteed chances at both ends, because he can throw caution to the
wind -- he has taken that on, that philosophy. But his position is that
if you score four goals, I will try and score five. Don't be so cool --
formed by the schoolboy looks of Jackie McNamara, there is a steely
determination. I was with him at Aberdeen, a well-respected bloke by
everyone. He is a winner. He proved it with Celtic over the years and I
hope he proves it today for Dundee United. Is there a bit of needle
between the two managers? They have had the odd spat. I think this
needle in here between those two. But rivalry is good in football, you
want some needle between people. As long as it doesn't go over the top.
I hope it might carry onto the pitch and we end up with a result like
Alan is talking about, 5-4, because that could be enjoyable for
everybody. There is Jackie McNamara in the tunnel. He has experienced so
many big matches as a player, maybe that he can transfer that to the
players. This will not faze Jackie McNamara at all. You can see him,
still looks as though he could play. He will be going and giving the
young boys behind him all the experience, opening ten minutes,
don't take chances as a defender. Nice easy passes, don't hit World
Cup balls, and if you're a striker get a touching early. The problem
you have, you have to be careful. Yes, have fire in your belly, but
you have to be calming your head. You could use -- lose your rag after
five or six minutes and you could be red carded and the team is under
pressure. Craig, you know about playing and scoring in a cup final.
Some players handle it, some don't. What an amazing day it is, and he
will say to his players, be calm, because they will be so excited and
his experience is vital in the first five minutes of the game. We will
see who comes out victorious. Setting the tone is important, isn't
it, Michael? Of course it is. All big games you have to put down a
marker and earn the right to go and play. It is a mouthwatering game
coming up, and I'm really looking forward to it. I think it will be a
tight one, but if I went one way I think Dundee United will make this
one. We were looking at the people with a St Johnstone ties up -- on in
the directors box, and they deserve this day. 25 years as chairman, he
moved them up here. A great club, never in debt, and they would go
down a lot, but they would bounce back up. He was very loyal to the
managers over those periods and he has handed the club onto his son.
He's the man rubbing his hands at the row. He will be nervous, they
can say to his dad, you didn't do it, but I have the chance of being
the chairman of a Scottish Cup side. Maybe he has had on offer the Stevie
May and that's why he's rubbing his hands. This is not about emotion,
that will not decide this today. The players up a focus on the jobs they
have to do. They can get carried away with the atmosphere but they
have a job to do and they have to do it to the best of their ability. We
are all set, and it is Tommy Wright's St Johnstone against Jackie
McNamara's Dundee United. Talking us through it, Steven
The waiting is just about over four St Johnstone and Dundee United.
Uncharted territory for the Perthshire side who have floated
with this scenario many a time but have always come up short in the
last four, until now. Tommy Wright, with more than a little help from
Stevie May, helped crack the semifinal who do. They now find
themselves plotting their way towards a first piece of major
Silver Roque -- silverware. The club is celebrating its 130th birthday
this year. The Scottish Cup sitting proudly in the trophy cabinet would
be a perfect present. But it is a World Cup year, and that means the
omen is good for Dundee United. Both times they have won this
competition, it has come just before a World Cup finals, in 1994 and then
in 2010. The names of Brewster, Conway and goodwill ER written in
the folklore. The pictures on the walls at Tannadice. The 2014 will
have gazed at those in the last few weeks -- the 2014 team. They know
that it could be them. Jackie McNamara won this piece of
silverware three times as a player and scored in one of the finals
himself. He knows what it takes. Tayside tussle in Glasgow for the
final honour of the Scottish football season. Is it going to the
fair city, or the city of discovery? History beckons for one of these
teams. That is the St Johnstone team that
beat Aberdeen in the semifinals. Done and Millar were brilliant in
the midfield. So were McLean and Stevie May. The latter is 27 goals
have been more than pivotal throughout the campaign for them
this season. Sean Dillon and Watson along with Morgaro Gomis are the
only survivors from the side that won the competition four years ago.
Ryan Dow is preferred to Ryan Gauld. Shifty -- Ciftci is through
Ryan Dow is preferred to Ryan Gauld. middle. Hasselbaink and Lee Croft
have to do with missing out on the starting spot, as do the much
heralded youngsters, Ryan Gauld and John Souttar for Dundee United. The
referee is 41-year-old Craig Thomson, his third Scottish Cup
final having presided over the versions in 2009 and 2012. Steven
Thompson with me, former Dundee versions in 2009 and 2012. Steven
competition with Rangers in versions in 2009 and 2012. Steven
and Dave Mackay, he was in the beta and side that day, playing for
Dundee, what is going through their minds -- the beaten side? They
cannot wait for the whistle. They've been waiting for weeks and weeks.
The build-up to the game is huge. You go around, seeing people in the
communities, the town is buzzing and you get your clothes fitted. Various
things that keep your mind off the game, but ever since these guys woke
up, they want to hear the whistle. As soon as you hear the whistle, the
nerves disappear and you are playing. The skippers go through
Tommy Wright is just about set. A big David Lynn, less than a year
after replacing Steve Lomas, his compatriot -- a big day for him.
all that is left now is the game of football itself. Seconds away from
the start of the 129th Scottish Cup Final. A wonderful atmosphere inside
Celtic Park. 255 years of combined history, for just the Tours fourth
time since they have met in the Scottish Cup. The Tangerines in
their new kit today. 2-1 up on that Scottish Cup. The Tangerines in
particular day. Celtic Park, tang row and black to the right and blue
and white to the left. United get an early feel of the ball. Looking for
the run of Armstrong. Dugout by Dunne. Wot wot, finally getting a
chance to play in this final. He missed out on the last two. With
Hibs. May, first touch of the ball for him. You always know he is
trying to get a shot away. Trying to play a pass inside. Overcooked. It
they have to be aware of Stevie May. Tries to get shots off. First time
the Scottish Cup Final has been away from Hampden Park since 1998.
Pre-match nerves. The wonder of what might happen. Waking up for some of
the players in the middle of the night think you have won it or lost
it. The passing of the last few weeks has taken a little bit longer
for supporters of both. This is Ryan Dow. He couldn't hold
onto it. Fabulous play from Dow. Sprinting down the wing. A fabulous
ball. Mannus comes out. Shakily gets a hold of it. The danger is cleared.
A great start from United though. They won't need too much
encouragement, will the Tangerines. Ciftci fouled by Anderson. Ciftci,
such a strong boy. He holds the ball up so well for Dundee United. He
will be a handful for the St Johnstone players today. What is
Alan Mannus thinking now Not the start he is being looking for. He
will want another cross so that he can put it right. Dillon deals with
it. Brian Easton. A couple He went for the team that
won the semi-final. That is the right call. He wondered
offside. Good play from May. Working in to out. Looking for a killer
pass. Plays it in. He's offside. A yard offside.
Some of the St Johnstone didn't see the flag, they are appealing for a
penalty there. Watson for Armstrong. Paton, ,
Ciftci, Armstrong. He won the free-kick. He is a strong boy,
Stevie May. Unfortunate there, showing his strength against Dillon.
He had a couple of loan spells at Hammill tonne. It will stand him a
world of good. This year he filled out and matured. He
world of good. This year he filled attribute you could want as a
professional footballer. He has a level head as well. I'm sure his
future will be big. He might well be staying. He wants contract clubs
with the talk. They want to keep him. A local lad. This will mean a
lot to him. Very different surroundings for him
today. Taking it all in. Anderson beats Ciftci.
Rankine. Mannus. Took a Anderson beats Ciftci.
bobble away from Alan Mannus. He should have been expecting that
conjectory of the ball. He wanted a touch of the ball again after his
mistake at the front. I'm not sure that is the touch he was wanting. He
has had a shakey start so United will want to keep test him.
St Johnstone on the counter. Too Dow, over it.
St Johnstone on the counter. Too much on it for May. Over hit the
pass. Not a bad ball in. One thing that St Johnstone do very well is
defend set-pieces. They have a lot of tall, strong players. Generally,
if the ball is not excellent and the movement is not excellent. They will
clear the ball. When the ball is played in the defence
clear the ball. When the ball is usually food and drink for them.
He is limping a bit. He will be winded. A big strong boy. Shout for
a handball. It wasn't forthcoming. United have seen more of the ball in
the early stages. Frazer Wright making his 100th
appearance for St Johnstone this afternoon. He tries to nudge Frazer
Wright out of the way here. It's harder to do than it looks. United
have started OK. St Johnstone are really pressing them. In their faces
every two second. As we expected. The players are talented. Any player
getting pressed does not like it. St Johnstone have started with a really
good tempo. His eyes on the ball there. No
intention. He was watching the ball the whole time. He just caught him.
Maybe caught him in the upper part of the leg. He is OK. The referee is
right just to wave that one away. 19years of age, Andrew Robertson,
made his senior international debut against for Scotland against Poland.
Wonderful from MacLean. He has found wot wot.
Dunne gets it back for MacKay. MacLean, Dunne. Space for Brian
Easton. O'Halloran. Pick pocketed by John
Rankin. It has come through to MacLean. Wot
wot and May. He couldn't squeeze it through. He does the right thing.
Pulls it on to the shoulder of Robertson. Great movement. He takes
a wee second too long before he gets his cross in. As soon as he
controlled the ball, he should have flashed it straight back across
goal. That whole move involved 25 passes from St Johnstone. Switch of
play. Fantastic build-up. Armstrong, showed too much of that to Frazer
Wright. MacLean finds May. He is on his own right now. Support arriving.
He is capable of it. Not from that distance. Maybe too far out. His
first shot. Gets the shot away. Steve MacLean linking up the play
with him. He will be delighted to get his first shot off. He looks to
get a shot off at every single opportunity.
Steve MacLean heavily involved in this. Wanting a free-kick here. Good
movement from him. He can chop back on to his left foot or deliver the
ball back into the box. That is what he is looking for. Robertson pulls
him back. I don't know if the referee didn't see it. He pulled him
back. Steve MacLean was on the bench for
Rangers in 2003. Playing on bench that day, he didn't get on. You did.
I have played with Steve at Rangers and Cardiff for six-months. His
linkup play for me is the best in the Scottish League. Phenomenonal.
He is an unsung hero for St Johnstone. Into double figures as
well for the season. Let us not forget his goals as well.
Ciftci. He has been brilliant for Dundee United this season. Sometimes
plays wide. In the middle today. It seems to be where he is most
effective. Too much on it. A good run again
from Stevie May. The ball just skipping through. It's been raining
here this afternoon, the surface will be greasy. It won't hold up. He
can go long, come short, link the play.
Four goals in the Scottish Cup for May.
Again the pressure from St Johnstone's midfield is superb. They
are pressing the game so high. Every time a Dundee United midfielder or
defender gets the ball, they are under immediate pressure.
Almost found Watson, did Paton. O'Halloran. He has been in terrific
form for St Johnstone in recent weeks. Since that semi-final.
Ball for Easton, two waiting. One of them is MacLean. He was onside. Well
won back. Oh, what a save from Cierzniak. It comes from an overlap
from Brian Easton. Good ball into the box. Here is the run. I don't
think Steve MacLean can get a shot. Nobody on the edge of the box. It
breaks. He catches that sweetly. In the end, tipped over the bar by the
keeper. Great move from St Johnstone. They have looked the more
dangerous of the two sides. Johnstone. They have looked the more
a big worry for United. For me, St Johnstone is one of the best teams
in the league from set-pieces. They are a real threat. Good
in the league from set-pieces. They them and attacking them. Wot wot
takes. Right across for Frazer Wright. I don't think he sees it
until late. No time to react. The ball in isn't the best one. It
until late. No time to react. The time. Foul by May on Mackay-Steven.
It is all set up. Another fine season for Gary Mackay-Steven, some
injuries he had to deal with. He is fit today although he was a slight
Back to Mackay-Steven. Just snatched doubt.
Back to Mackay-Steven. Just snatched it a little. That kind of ball into
the box will suit St Johnstone. 60 -- Ciftci does well when it comes
in. We just drags it wide. United, certainly the front four, they
haven't had time to get on the match, and they do enjoy time and
space on the ball and St Johnstone are denying that at every
opportunity. That is a great save. Tipping it over the bar, and the
connection with the ball was almost better than the save. O'Halloran. He
shields it well. He finds Eastern. -- East on. Dundee United's Achilles
he is has been conceding. They score a lot, but they concede a lot. Only
one clean sheet in the quarterfinals against Inverness.
one clean sheet in the quarterfinals only got six
one clean sheet in the quarterfinals games before this one. Mannus
slicing it away. Not his best start to a match. It comes from Frazer
slicing it away. Not his best start the halfway line. He has definitely
had a nervy start to the match. Slicing that clearance there. 15
Thousand St Johnstone fans Slicing that clearance there. 15
him and the expectancy is huge. Mackay-Steven, for Ryan Dow.
Secretary -- kitschy -- Ciftci. That is a free kick. Not much in that
funny. Just clumsy from Ciftci. He gave the ball away at the edge of
the box and was chasing to get it back and he sweeps his leg away.
Definite foul, but back and he sweeps his leg away.
Another local lad, Wotherspoon. Returning to his local club. Had a
long spell at Hibernian. Stephen Anderson, another one waiting for
this weekend. That is a good take by a O'Halloran. Should he have hit it
the first time? Looks as though he would get a shot away. Good battling
back by Ryan Dow. That helped a lot. Ciftci takes it down well. They are
so good on the counter, Dundee United. Armstrong, looking for
Mackay-Steven. Mackay-Steven did enough.
Just nothing between the teams. There were five points between them
in the league. United finishing the campaign in fourth, and St Johnstone
were six. Watson. He was encouraged to shoot there, John Rankin. He
finds MacLean. No way through against Robertson. Mackay-Steven,
this is promising for United. Gavin Gunning played in the Scottish cup
final for Motherwell a few Gunning played in the Scottish cup
ago. Almost scored with an unbelievable shot, I seem to recall
will stop however, they lost to Celtic that day. He is underneath
that as well. Calmly done, for Paul Paton. That is a 50/50. Stevie May
fancies his chances against Sean Dillon. Good defending in the end.
He knows May is faster so he has to get his body in front and it clears
the danger. -- he clears the danger. Good defending by Watson. Didn't
give Stevie May a split second. MacLean. May. A touch rash, not a
lot in it. Every time Stevie May finds the ball, he finds MacLean and
likewise, MacLean seems to be linking with Stevie May when he
finds the ball. They are a great foil for each other. There is a
threat here are St Johnstone have a few players who can hit the target
from this range. I know Dave Mackay is good from set plays. There is an
opportunity here. All three are more than capable of
causing Cierzniak problems. Stevie May looks like he is eyeing it up.
Thomson sorting the wall out eventually. A O'Halloran is right on
the edge of the wall. It is still going to fall for St Johnstone.
Wotherspoon! And Cierzniak holds on for dear life. Brilliant from
Wotherspoon, cutting inside when he thinks there's a shock. This is
excellent. Cutting inside and that's great defending from Gavin Gunning.
He does ever so well, and it's lucky that when it hits his foot it might
have gone in. It's good defending, but at the same time he could have
scored an own goal easily. Lucky for United. United look rocky at the
back. Sean Dillon deals with that. David Wotherspoon must've thought he
was putting them in front. He did everything right. He cut inside and
solve the dummy, rolled it to the corner and if it had not been for
the intervention of Gavin Gunning it would have been almost certainly 1-0
four St Johnstone, which on the balance of play might have been
deserved. John Rankin sweeps it back to the
Poll. Millar. We mention at the top of the programme that Dundee
United, free scoring have beaten St Johnstone 4-0. But since then,
Saints have won the three meetings, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0. Mackay-Steven. Play
on says Craig 1-0, 2-0, 3-0. Mackay-Steven. Play
for Stuart Armstrong. Good refereeing, letting the play carry
on although Armstrong runs out of options he doesn't have the
overlap. It takes the shot on and it's a touch ambitious. United have
been limited to shots from distance. They are not really getting to the
byline apart from in the first minute when Mannus dropped the ball.
That's what they sobered up definite foul. Clumsy from Dunne.
That's what they sobered up definite is on loan from Stevenage. Ryan Dow,
try to sneak through Dunne, who stunned the fingers of
Jersey had earlier on -- Cierzniak early on. The only real shot on
There was only one MacLean, a bit hopeful from Brian
Easton. Play on for Dundee United. Dunne trying to
Celtic, Jackie McNamara, a former captain of the club. Cheap again
from Dundee United. They need to have better possession of the ball.
They don't seem to have any passing patterns together. Not getting the
They don't seem to have any passing dangerous players on the ball, which
is to do with St dangerous players on the ball, which
and it has to improve. That point being made by
Some up some industrial language,
Some we say, so apologies if you heard
that. we say, so apologies if you heard
hopeful. These are the type of balls that Frazer
hopeful. These are the type of balls those all day long.
hopeful. These are the type of balls to come up with something more
hopeful. These are the type of balls imaginative to test them. Dundee
United bar and imaginative team. They are created. -- creative. They
seem a bit stifled at the minute. When United have been good this
season they have been very very good. United supporters can forgive
their team when they have had the good. United supporters can forgive
odd blip in the league campaign, but they can't afford that today. No,
they can't through the season they have been excellent. The consistency
has been superb and they are such an entertaining team, they attack in
numbers and they have gifted players in the team. But they cannot nod off
today. Armstrong, to Robertson. Rankin. Twisting and turning away
from Anderson. Armstrong. Great ball across, Saints cannot get away. A
big shab handball as well inside the box. Calamitous is one word. Great
skill from Ryan Dow. The cutback is good to clearances of their players,
and luckily for them, the ball falls to their own player. The ball does
strike his hand but it's not intentional. In the end, Mannus
picks the ball up. Last-gasp defending. Frazer Wright delighted
and James Dunne delighted that there was no one in tangerine waiting to
snap it up. I don't think that will have done Frazer Wright's broken so
many good. But scrappy defending. That is the first time Dundee United
have cut through them. You always want to get somebody pass the front
post, that is vital. Wonderful support for both teams. Dundee
United with 30,000, the biggest ever gathering of air support, we hear.
St Johnstone with about 15,000 -- of their support. We believe the
roundabout just outside Perth was in a colourful state, shall we say,
earlier on today. The stadium looks fantastic, it really does. Hampden
Park as a nostalgia, but the atmosphere in this stadium is
certainly better, because you are right on top of the pitch, and so
far it has been excellent. Going shortly Wotherspoon. Sean Dillon
heads away. That is Mackay, and that has not even comparable kick. How
much would he have loved that to go in. When it falls doing, he is
technically a good player, but he does not get the connection he
wants. That is the one he's been dreaming of the last three weeks. A
good striker of the ball. He is. St Johnstone keeping the
pressure on here. MacKay. St Johnstone's Mr
This is Stevie May. The wasn't in the SPFL Team of the Year.
This is Stevie May. The aforementioned Robertson scoops it
clear. Tremendous flick to put it over his shoulder. Mitt A lovely
ball from Wotherspoon. Up and under. Trying to get himself onto the bar
there. Took advantage of the of the slip from Armstrong. Rankine kick it
is away. Difficult to defend against balls like that. The balls are up in
the air for so long. Managing to get it away. It's chess-like at the
moment here at Celtic Park. Almost half an hour in, nothing each.
Robertson from Ciftci. Good defend, MacKay. Dundee United corner kick.
Good defending from Dave MacKay. One thing Robertson has not done enough
in the game today. They are used to see him bomb down that left hand
side. He's so fast. This was flailing. Gunning puts it past. He
mansion to get a head on it. It was always going wide. St Johnstone
mansion to get a head on it. It was him under enough pressure. Anderson
comes in at the last-minute, gives him a nudge. Not a clean header. If
you are not going to win a ball, as a defender, put your opponent off.
you are not going to win a ball, as That is what they did. In the end,
the header goes harmlessly by. You could see here the rain back on.
Glasgow's East End. Greasy surface. Dow, he gets on to that. Ciftci has
made the run. Anderson read it. Good touch by Armstrong he finds
Paton, back to the United number 10. Ciftci. Armstrong. Then Rankine.
Better from United. Yeah. It's Robertson's ball in. Brilliant ball.
Brilliant ball! It's Ryan Dow. It isn't going to down count. It came
off the inside of the post. What a fabulous move. Is incredible! That's
incredible! How unlucky can you get? The best move of the game
incredible! How unlucky can you get? Dundee United. Off the inside of the
post. Looked like it had gone in from this angle. As the corner comes
in. Headed over by Watson. That was more like the Dundee United we know.
Five, six, seven, eight passes. The corner coming in.
Just headed over the bar. The chance before. Look at that touch from Dow.
Again, he would have been dreaming of that. The move deserved the goal.
It looked like it was in. Jackie thought it was in as well. Dundee
United unfortunate not to have taken the lead. Best move of the match
United unfortunate not to have taken from Dundee United. So unlucky not
to go in front there. That is when they are at their best, mayinging,
short, sharp passes and getting their wide players on the ball.
St Johnstone trying to respond to some decent pressure from their
opponents. A bit wild from May. He has hit them
before and getting them on target. Cleared by United. Stevie May
before and getting them on target. the headlines. What have you made of
it? I think up until the last five or so minutes St Johnstone
it? I think up until the last five have been pleased with the way they
started the game. I think the tempo has been excellent. They have
pressed Dundee United very, well. Dundee United unable to get
their flare -- flair players into Wotherspoon herspoon will leave it
for MacKay. Wotherspoon. Trying to get the cross
in. Came off him last as well. Ryan Dow so close to putting United
ahead, just a couple of moments ago. The closest they've gone.
Free-kick. Dow into the back of the MacKay here after he wins the
header. Can't see there is too much in that. Signed a new deal did Tommy
Rowe. Jackie McNamara has been pleased with the way he came into
the team, in particular the second-half of the season. He had a
slow start to the season. He wasn't really involved. Since he had his
chance he grabbed it with both hands. He deserves
It's Wright. Ciftci. Won't come down for Frazer Wright. Better from
Dundee United, pressing high up the pitch and putting St
Finds Armstrong, wouldn't fall for him. His pass was a good one. For
Armstrong it was just behind him. Steps away from the player. A great
ball. Just behind Armstrong. He couldn't take it in his stride. The
chance is gone. They were here last week Dundee United, a few
alterations from Jackie McNamara they lost 3-1 to Celtic. Good
performance, by in large, by United. Played back to Easton for Dunne.
It's been a good five minutes for Dundee United. Saints look respond.
Wotherspoon. MacKay for MacLean. Now, Dow.
They are starting to find more space.
He was keen to get the ball back. Dundee United starting to find
players in positions there that they want them. Which is what they need
to do. They need to find space. This is May, Dow takes it from him.
Mackay-Steven. It's Robertson. This is May, Dow takes it from him.
can see he is trying to think it over the top of the defender to get
it on the other side. Good layoff, not quite got it right. Again,
better from Dundee United. Andy Robertson wasn't a regular for
the whole of last season. He came to Dundee United and made that position
his own. He has. A tremendous season. What he does best is get
forward and support Gary MacKay season. What he does best is get
makeover lapping runs. When he does that he is such a player. Incredibly
quick. I think most of the headlines that he has got this year has been
for his attacking prowess. A modern-day full-bock has to be able
to get forward and put balls in the box, not just defend. -- full-back.
I think Anderson has hurt himself here. He has. Don't know whether he
landed on his ankle. They will show it here. Yes yeah, that left ankle.
Looks as though he has rolled it. Strong boy. What a
Looks as though he has rolled it. players. First real chance they had.
All-action. No goals yet. Both teams have had a good chance a piece.
MacKay has lost five semi-finals with St Johnstone. Anderson,
MacKay has lost five semi-finals semi-finals, before he got a place
in the showpiece of a Cup competition in Scotland. He
in the showpiece of a Cup excellent season.
in the showpiece of a Cup Unsung hero really for St
in the showpiece of a Cup The only option they had in
in the showpiece of a Cup move Dave MacKay. They
in the showpiece of a Cup him going, that is for sure.
Watson, not seen too much of the ball in this first half. Into the
final few moments of it. This might work though. He didn't realise he
had plenty of time to get it away. He put it out for the corner anyway.
When the ball breaks, everyone things it will go out. Great
anticipation. He flashes that across the face. There was nobody in the
right place at the right time. To take. United's third of the
afternoon. -- Dow. The Something might be in
the offing Another corner. Dundee
finishing the half the stronger team.
Up goes Mannus. . Call for handball. It looked as though it hit
of Wotherspoon. Great play again from Dow. He has been the standout
player for Dundee United half. Without a shadow of the doubt.
It hits his chest. I think the Dundee United fans... In it comes!
As I was saying, Ryan Dow, for me, has been the pick of the bunch in
this half. He has been at the heart of everything that has been created,
certainly for Dundee United. Yeah, that wasn't a penalty kick. Cod
recovery challenge as well from David Wotherspoon. A
minute-and-a-half of the first half to go. As we were with the Cup
final. Robertson gets it away. Might not
have heard Cierzniak. O'Halloran does well again, putting the ball
into the box. It didn't fall for Stevie May. Dillon clears it in the
end. Two minutes to half-time now. Saints looking for the opener before
the break. Good defending by United, Watson gets it clear.
Stephen Anderson has recovered from the ankle knock earlier on.
Ryan Dow has been impressive, justifying his inclusion. Here comes
Easton. Great ball in, and away by Robertson. Fabulous ball in. We saw
it early in the first half. Putting the ball into a tremendous area, and
then good defending, it just would not fall for one of the St Johnstone
players. Bit of defending to do before the corner kick. The keeper
misses it, and Stephen Anderson heads St Johnstone into the lead. A
Scottish cup final goal for Stephen Anderson, and the blue and white end
of Parkhead erupts. We talked about St Johnstone from set pieces.
Cierzniak does not get anywhere near it. Anderson climbs on top of
what's's back, and it's a dream moment for him. You have to ask
questions about Cierzniak coming off his line. If you come off the line
that far, you have to get something on the ball. A good effort from
Anderson, and we mention it from the outset, from set pieces St Johnstone
are dangerous. Stephen Anderson's fourth goal of the season and is
most important goal for St Johnstone will stop after so much heartache in
the past in the cup competitions, for Anderson and St Johnstone, they
have given themselves a massive shot in the arm right at the end of the
first half of the Scottish cup final. And Anderson header from the
Wotherspoon corner. The perfect time to score, some say, on the stroke of
half-time. That was after James Dunne had gone close, and Ryan Dow
had hit the post. It rolled agonisingly across the six yard
box, but Anderson has the final say in the first of the East End of
Glasgow, and a half time it is 1-0 two St Johnstone.
I was about to say, all this game needs is a goal, but not now. In
stoppage time at the end of the first half, those are the
celebrations which tell you that St Johnstone are in front in their
first-ever Scottish cup final. Stephen Anderson, and 1-0 for the
team from Perth halfway through. Let's get the thoughts of our studio
guests. Craig Brewster, Allan Preston and Michael Stewart. Well,
we have had to calm you down and get you back in the seat. What a moment
for St Johnstone. Absolutely tremendous. They started the game
really well when United hit the post and they dominated after that. The
goals change games and team talks. You look at 0-0 at half-time, and
that is an identical goal to the one highlighted earlier. Anderson around
the back in the keeper is all over the place. Anderson, ten years at St
Johnstone, very fitting to get the gold but the mag. It has been a
strange first half -- get the goal to put them ahead. St Johnstone
dominated, and then Dundee United got back in, and then when I got
back in St Johnstone score. That is a killer for Dundee United on the
stroke of half-time. They dominated possession for the last 15, and
looked dangerous and created a few opportunities. To lose that goal, as
we have just said, highlighted in the previous game carbon copy, back
post header. If the goalkeeper stays on his line, he takes it, so Jackie
will be disappointed with that. I do believe a certain member of the
panel picked out set pieces as a threat and a big plus two St
Johnstone, and what a plus. A massive plus Diskerud before
half-time, that is a huge lift for them and a killer blow for Dundee
United. It changes the game completely because we have been
speaking here about them -- the momentum swinging back to Dundee
United, but in the first of St Johnstone were all over Dundee
United. One giving them any opportunity to play the open and
expansive game we like to see them play. Ryan Dow hit the post and then
it swung back in their favour. When games are tight, set pieces are
vital. It's a horrendous goal to lose.
vital. It's a horrendous goal to Watson was at the back post, so
vital. It's a horrendous goal to him deal with it. Radoslaw Cierzniak
is out watching -- washing the windows. Maybe he was bored and
wanted to take part in the game. He is nowhere near him. Watson has to
do better. Look at what's on, his eyes are focused on the ball. Not a
clue where Anderson is. He is up early, and it's a tremendous header
into the back of the net. Earlier in the game there was a corner from the
other side, not a great corner, but they didn't deal with it right. They
ended up with Cierzniak making the say. But it told you something,
there was an alarm there. They have to do better at set pieces, and
writer half-time they haven't. There is another argument that there is
nobody on the back post. There is a big debate about whether you have
guys on the post or not. Someone on the back post might have been able
to clear it. Doesn't matter how organised you are at a corner kick,
because you can't legislate your goalkeeper missing it by a country
mile. Definitely not. The players are deflated and Jackie has a big
job to do to build a back-up. The Dundee United fans played a big part
with about half an hour gone, they made a big sustained attack and it
gave made a big sustained attack and it
then, from that they were dominant. It is a reward for St Johnstone
roaring out of the blocks. It is a reward for St Johnstone
to do with the front two. It is a reward for St Johnstone
Every member of the midfield and the front to getting
Every member of the midfield and the ball, maybe 18 or 19 passes of the
Every member of the midfield and the state going from one side of the
pitch to the other. Looking very playback. We talk about Dundee
United playing good passing football, but as we have seen, 20
United playing good passing passes or so and it ended up with
MacLean at the back post. It all starts with that platform upfront.
It was along the ball up to there. It sets up Stevie May and MacLean
and allows them to play in the opposition half. St Johnstone a
experience and have Stevie May, but they have demonstrated in the first
half that there is more to them than that. They looked confident from the
word go, and when you see them passing, they are confident, moving
the ball and Dundee United sitting deep, so Dundee United cannot then
receive the ball and have any sustained possession. Horrific
build-up that led to the first serious threat on goal, which was
the shot from James Dunn. Tremendous play, very confident, everybody
looking for the ball as much as they can. Everybody is shouting for it.
When you look up, and that is a problem with United, they've only
got one striker. When you look up you got players to play for, patient
play, popping it. Trying to get you got players to play for, patient
many involved as they can. Shunting them about from one side to the
other. A great ball from Brian Easton. Wotherspoon does well. What
a strike that is. That is one for the cameras. That is what has caused
Dundee United problems, they are not static, they are interchanging. This
is the corner we were talking about. The guy at the front post from
Dundee United here, you have to deal with that better. He ended up being
able to fall onto it, but that's an alarm bell. Zon Johnson are
dangerous from set pieces. Michael speaking about the front four and
the interchanging, and it's all the things we were saying about Dundee
United. We knew they would put balls in the box, St Johnstone, and they
have done it. The big fear was that creating all of the chances, and
here is another one arising from Stevie May's free kick, was when you
don't score when you have that much of the game it can go against you.
It was a sucker punch. That was great play from Wotherspoon. Lovely
composure. Sucks the defender in. You have to give credit to the
United defender who gets a great block. That was going in the bottom
corner. This epitomises the first half-hour, they were first to react.
Wotherspoon got onto the loose ball and created a great opportunity
beckons. It says something that it took Dundee United 28 minutes to
cause anything like a scare in the St Johnstone penalty box. They were
closing down, the back four were solid. Then suddenly United got a
bit of decent possession, worked it well. A great roll back from
Armstrong to Ryan Dow. Cut back, then suddenly the game was on. The
United fans got a lift. I think the players got a real belief from that
and they grew in stature. Shelter handball there, but no chance. One
yard away from the ball, no chance. Only the most optimistic Dundee
United supporters thought that was a penalty. But Ryan Dow was in a
fraction of getting penalty. But Ryan Dow was in a
the game. This is what they had not been able to do in the first half an
hour. They were able to get the combination pass
hour. They were able to get the the right-hand side, coming out the
other side and a fantastic ball in from Robertson. A real deft touch
from Ryan Dow to get across the centre half. He is lucky it did not
end up in the back of the net. Watson was also coming in, so both
fullbacks are pushing forward. That was a terrific effort. He has been
really good in the first. He is one whether you wondered that he might
move on because he's been there a long time, on the fringes of things
but when he has got in he has taken his chances will stop I thought he
was a real spark. He was in the middle of it. He was really
unfortunate. How many times have we seen a comeback of the post and hit
the goalkeeper and going west will Jackie McNamara be disappointed not
just with the scoreline but with way Dundee have played. As some of the
play being a bit aimless? It was half an hour or so. Just aimless
balls over the back, trying to turn St Johnstone. The first five or ten
minutes of a game, you can understand it, you want to stretch
the game and give the players space to play. But St Johnstone was so
much on top in the game that Dundee United could not get a rhythm. The
first half and that there were only balls like that. That is bad for
Dundee United, but Jackie will take confidence from the fact that we
highlighted that chance and they started to get back in the game and
then there is the sucker punch but the set piece that comes in against
them. You have to give St Johnstone credit for shaking them out of their
stride. I didn't think Dundee United expected them to play it as well as
they did. They got the ball down, past it, and the midfielders could
squeeze up and support the strikers. Crosses coming in the box, St
Johnstone playing really well in the opening half-hour, the Dundee United
are very much in this game. They need more from Armstrong. Robertson
has done reasonably well going forward, but Watson has to provide
the ammunition for Ciftci. I want to talk about the atmosphere, which has
been fantastic. A terrific turnout from both sets of support, maybe
more than 28,000 per Dundee United. This horse shoe of tangerine around
Celtic Park, and the other end of the ground, 15 Thousand Johnstone
fans. It really is a good atmosphere. Maybe it is an
atmosphere that is better here than it would have been a Hampden Park
because the stands are closer to it would have been a Hampden Park
pitch. There's no that when the stanza further away -- the stands
are further away, it takes the atmosphere away, so to have this
many fans in at Celtic Park, it is conducive to having a good
atmosphere and it has certainly been that today. They have got the game
they deserve. Dundee United fans won't feel that at the minute, but
plenty of time for their team to respond. But with that is the
backdrop to what is happening, it has been at that end of that first.
Fantastic spectacle and both sets of fans playing their part. A response
from Dundee United, do you think? fans playing their part. A response
One goal, it can happen in a split-second, so there's definitely
plenty to play for four Dundee to United and I'm sure they
plenty to play for four Dundee to out the way they ended the half
apart from that corner kick. Here is the story so far. It's the showpiece
occasion to end the Scottish football season, certainly the last
piece of major silverware that is upper grabs. It has been compelling
stuff so far. Ryan Dow with that glancing shot. It
might have gone in off Alan Mannus in the end. To Jackie McNamara
disappointment it came off the post. To the joy of St Johnstone and their
supporters. Anderson heading in for 1-0 right on half-time. Tommy Wright
will want the same again? Clean sheet, we have won the Cup we will
go up the room. The players will have their hairs standing up. He
will be telling them, every single one of them, defend properly. Do
your job. Take no chances. We are away with the Cup as simple as that.
What will we get from Dundee United second-half They are capable of
better? Dundee United needed to play in St Johnstone's half and get
Payton and Rankine on the ball to dictate, allowing the full-backs to
get forward. Obviously, stop cross balls coming in their box. Highcle,
what are you expecting? How will it develop? I expect the way the
second-half, the first half finished, to continue into the
second-half. Dundee United have to get onto the front foot. As Bruce
pointed out. From Dundee United Perspex thif are up in St Johnstone
half and putting them under pressure. Might have to change their
shape, Dundee United. They have Graham there. They may go 4-4-2.
They need men forward. It will help St Johnstone. They are
counter-attack against them. What St Johnstone can't afford to do,
Michael, is sit-in and think, we are 1-0 up, ahead, protect it? Exactly.
That is dangerous. If Dundee United push up, then they will get more
support to Ciftci. He has been too isolated at the moment. If they play
in St Johnstone's half he will have more support. St Johnstone can't
back track and set up camp inside their own box. A great spectacle
first half. We need goals from Dundee United. Jackie McNamara will
have some words to say to his Dundee United team during that half-time
interval. His team is one goal down, half way through this 20114 William
Hill Scottish Cup Final. St Johnstone have their noses in front,
courtesy of Steven Anderson. Now we can go get to the second-half.
COMMENTATOR: Up to 10, five now for the season for Steven Anderson. He
was at Dundee United more than 10 years ago. Long servant with the
Perth team. Six semi-final defeats at the club. A goal in the William
Hill Scottish Cup Final. The 300 appearance. Huge moment for him and
potentially St Johnstone Football Club in their ever first Scottish
Cup Final. They have never won a major trophy. Jackie McNamara
changed dramatically in the final few seconds of that first half? I
imagine it would have. Going in at half-time 0-0 the game evenly
balanced. St Johnstone had the better start. United came more into
the game as it progressed. Worse thing to lose a goal right on the
strike of half-time. I know it's a cliche. They have work to do. The
good thing for United. They have options from the bench. They have
impact players that can come on and make a difference. Graham, Gauld, El
Alagui. They will have to push for this goal. At what point they really
throw caution to the wind remains to be seen. You have to make sure St
Johnstone don't counter you. St Johnstone are happy to defend deep.
Changes for either at the break. It has been 10 years since the team
that scored first lost the Scottish Cup Fooinal that was Dunfermline in
2004. Robertson making a good run. He is just onside. The he needs to
do more of this half. He is one of their main threats. He slips off.
They need to to commit more numbers to the box. Jackie McNamara was a
defender who scored in a Scottish Cup Final for Celtic against Hibs.
An early goal he came on as a sub that day. A foul there. May just
using his strength. Yeah, two hands on him. A swan-dive over the top of
him. Definitely a free-kick. The goalscorer fancies another one.
Easton takes for Wright. It's MacKay. And Chris Millar. Away
by Watson. MacKay, blocked by Armstrong. United throw. Good
pressure again from St Johnstone. The MacKay just getting blocked.
Much tighter final than we have seen in recent years. Last four Scottish
Cup Finals have been pretty one-sided affairs. John Rankin
pumping it forward. Look at Ciftci. No, it's not. It looked like a
free-kick. Ciftci hauled to the ground. Plays on says Craig Thomson.
This time it's a free-kick. There was something that happened off the
ball that I didn't see, involving Ciftci and Frazer Wright. That one
is, without a shadow of a doubt, a booking, and a free-kick. Something
did happen. I'm not sure. Wright with a yellow card. Not sure what it
was in the box. Frazer Wright went with a yellow card. Not sure what it
down. Here is a great opportunity. A fabulous opportunity. Dunne, booked.
That was for the foul on Dow. Dundee United, four minutes into the
second-half. Having conceded right on half-time have a chance for
immediate retaliation here. Gunning can hit it. Mackay-Steven can,
Ciftci as well. Ciftci fancies it. The roar goes up from those in
tangerine and black. Mannus waits. The fans have to wait a little bit
longer. Not much longer though. Ciftci, eyeing this one up. Oh, he's
so unlucky! Mannus holds on. He does absolutely everything right. A
textbook free-kick. Reverse it is straight into the top corner. It
comes down. You are sure it is in. It bounces and how happy was Alan
Mannus to turn and see the ball sitting behind him and not in
Mannus to turn and see the ball goal. A brilliant effort. Wonderful
free-kick from Nadir Ciftci. 17 goals this season for Dundee United.
His first at the club. He was inches away from drawing United level in
the 2014 Scottish Cup Final. His technique is wondering. He does
everything right. It hits the under side of the bar. Maybe that is a
sign. The man who brought him to Jackie McNamara's attention was a
former Celtic striker. He scored a winner in the Scottish Cup Final
former Celtic striker. He scored a himself. The Ciftci, away from
scoring in one of these himself. Payton -- Paton flies into Dunne.
How has Craig Thomson viewed this foul? He went in hard and fast. I
think he takes the ball. It was two-footed though. I didn't see it.
He wins the ball. It's definitely two-footed. I think he's lucky he
didn't catch the player. You see that thing punished with a red card?
You do. He didn't make contact with the player. I think if he had he
could have been looking at a red card. He will need to watch what he
is doing now. I didn't realise it was two-footed. Paton joins Dunne in
the book. He is so combative is Paul Paton. He followed his manager from
Partick Thistle, from across the city here, up to Tannadice. Has a
word with Craig Thomson before taking up his post. Attacking sense.
In from Wotherspoon. Loads of space taking up his post. Attacking sense.
for Wright. He put it in with his hand. Is it already in? That
for Wright. He put it in with his question. Is the ball already in?
Craig Thomson is trying to sort this out. Stevie May thinks he has put St
Johnstone 2-0 up here. Craig Thomson is
Johnstone 2-0 up here. Craig Thomson the looks of things, has given St
Johnstone a 2-0 lead. Is he changing his mind. It looks as though he has
given it here, the referee. Or has he? It's over the line. The
given it here, the referee. Or has is over the line, I think.
Confusion reins. There is the best view. Well Craig Thomson. It's not.
It's not over the line. A view. Well Craig Thomson. It's not.
handball. The goal was given. Then it wasn't. Then it was again. Then
it was flipped away from Stevie May. You have to say then, great
refereeing. A bizarre situation really. The official behind the
goal, he has made that decision there for Craig Thomson who
initially gave the goal. Eventually, gave the free-kick for Dundee
United. A big, big moment in this final. Remember, Craig Thomson gave
a penalty in an Old Firm Cup final a few years ago before rescinding it.
Ciftci hits it. He has been given a free-kick. St Johnstone think that
is soft. They think that is a dive. I have to say, I thought it was a
dive also. He comes inside. He has. He's dived. Looked for the
free-kick. In a dangerous area for Dundee United. He has bought the
free-kick and Craig Thomson has fallen for it. You can see why the
St Johnstone players aren't happy. Might that be a tide Turner? It's
back to 1-0. Dundee United have a free-kick, again, on the edge of the
St Johnstone penalty area. I would have said, looking at Ciftci, it was
more suited to a left-footer. He might try what he did the last time.
He hit the bar last time. Can he go one better here?
Nadir Ciftci. A sea of tang row and black behind Alan Mannus's goal.
This time it's over the bar. Wasn't as good as his last one. I think
that should have been a left-footer taking that free-kick. The angle
wasn't right for him much he puts it over the bar. It has been certainly
an explosive start to this second-half.
an explosive start to this stuff. This is the big moment. He
doesn't even need to put it in with his hand. He could stick it in with
his knee, his body in front or get it in somehow. It's a reaction thing
really. You didn't bargain on the official behind the goal-line seeing
it. Craig Thomson didn't see it. The goal was initially given. The
concern for Dundee United is, when the ball came into the box. The
chance comes from Frazer Wright heading the ball across the keeper.
There wasn't a single player near Frazer Wright inside the box. You
want to mark him when the ball is going into box. In the end an
instinctive save from Cierzniak. The could Stevie May have knocked it in
with his tummy, anything, to get it across the line. Frazer Wright,
taking it back, that free-kick that led to that situation, the free
header for Frazer Wright, just at the back end of the box? That is
what I'm saying. You can't give Frazer Wright that space in the box.
He is the first person, when you should ensure he is being picked up.
Mackay-Steven is pressuring him. He is going to get hauled back to the
free kick. I think he's unlucky. He puts Dave McKay under a lot of
pressure, and he should puts Dave McKay under a lot of
of the ball before he did, and when he does win it, there is no free
kick. He is very unlucky. That goes right through to chairs
near -- Cierzniak. Radoslaw Cierzniak, just six clean
sheets this season. They didn't defend the corner right on half-time
which has given St Johnstone the advantage. Away by Armstrong.
which has given St Johnstone the might have hurt himself there. It
was a spectacular looking clearance. I think he has winded himself when
he landed after the overhead kick. He has had such a good couple of
seasons, Stuart Armstrong. One of the scorers when United beat
Inverness 5-0 in the quarterfinals. And also in the semifinal victory at
Ibrox against Rangers. Mackay-Steven Ciftci with the other goals there.
It has been a tough route through to the final for Dundee United.
Premiership teams all the way through to the semifinals, then
Rangers on their own turf. St Johnstone's route to the final has
been difficult as well, not quite as broad as Jackie McNamara's team. You
can only beat who you are drawn against. St Johnstone knocked
Aberdeen out in the semifinals. MacLean. Intelligently done.
Dunne. A little bit too much on it for me. The right idea.
Dunne. A little bit too much on it right area but overhit
Dunne. A little bit too much on it bit now. And I think Dundee United
need to get their forward players on the ball. Robertson has pushed up on
the left, almost playing like a secondary winger. At one point they
will have to commit to the game to get a goal back.
will have to commit to the game to options on the bench.
will have to commit to the game to for them if they need it. Well
worked by Ryan Dow. Finds Mackay-Steven. The challenge across
by David McKay. He has had a great match, against a player who
one-on-one is very difficult to play against. That is solid defending,
nothing more than you would expect from Dave Mackay. I think he didn't
do much, no malice may be just rolled his ankle in the challenge.
That is an hour gone. Still a third of the final, but Mackay-Steven
looks like he's struggling. He is struggling. You can see he's in a
lot of pain. Whether he his ankle in the challenge. Ryan Gauld is warming
up. All three of the forward players the challenge. Ryan Gauld is warming
away on the counter. Look at the run from Dunne inside. It is
end stuff. What a final. 29 minutes end stuff. What a final. 29 minutes
we could have here. Robertson going all the way here. He forces Mannus
into the save. This is unbelievable. First
into the save. This is unbelievable. ball. A great curling effort, and to
into the save. This is unbelievable. breaking with the ball. The shot is
just straight down the keeper's wrote. Ryan Dow's corner kick. Swept
away by Easton. Anywhere will do. Back in by Robertson. Gavin Gunning.
McKay heads it away. Back in by Robertson. Gavin Gunning.
it away. Mackay-Steven is back on the part, but not moving freely.
Sean Dillon had to win it, and he does. He read the situation very,
very well. This game has really opened up. Both sides going forward,
and St Johnstone are very capable on the counterattack. The fire has been
lit under the 2014 Scottish cup final.
Plenty more tales to tell in this game, you feel.
Ciftci. Still St Johnstone holding the lead. They hold the keys to the
silver. Ryan Gauld will come on, and it will be for Gary Mackay-Steven.
He has been hobbling since he took a knock. He will be disappointed, in
such a big game, not having the impact he would have wanted to have
in the match. He has been reasonably quiet by his standards but it gives
Ryan Gauld an opportunity. He would have been disappointed not to start
the match. He's such a talented young man. He has absolutely
everything. He could really make an impact here and be a Dundee United
hero. Listen to the reception for Ryan Gauld as he comes on. A
wonderful talent. 18 years of age. He is going to slot into the
position just in front of Ciftci. Armstrong will go to the left and
Ryan Dow on to the right. He has had a lot of headlines,
called -- Ryan Gauld. He could add a point to that if he finishes the
season like this. He will be disappointed with that ever because
he's only 20 yards out. The ball as across his body and sitting
perfectly. Great play by MacLean. This linkup play is good. We could
have opened his body up, and he will be disappointed not to hit the
target. Another opportunity for St Johnstone. The big man from Belfast
watchers on. -- watches on. His team still lead. O'Halloran showed too
much of it to Robertson. Craig Thomson bringing that back.
O'Halloran, back to what the spoon. O'Halloran again. A real burst of
pace. -- to Wotherspoon. Corner. Great play, turning and trying to
commit players. Him and Wotherspoon have done that from the wide areas
very well today. That is what you want to see players do. Committing
their defenders, and another set piece from the St Johnstone team who
are deadly from them. Already scored from a set piece today. That man's
gaudy, and he's looking for another. Almost dropped to Frazer
Wright. Stephen Anderson, what a good game he is having. Too much on
it that time from Wotherspoon. One man who changed the course of the
semifinal against Aberdeen was Michael O'Halloran. And we saw it in
a corner kick that they got eventually. In the second half
against Aberdeen he changed it, just giving St Johnstone something, but
Lee Croft and give them that. But he gives them another dimensional. What
he has got is that he is very direct. He can play as a more
traditional winger. He is a very technically gifted footballer. Look
at his workrate to get back on the ball. It is a St Johnstone ball. The
United fans beginning to get frustrated. Yes, they can sense that
time is running out. John Rankin certainly took the ball. Craig
Johnstone's third Scottish cup final. Not quite nail-biting time
yet, but close. The final quarter of the Scottish cup final. No guts, no
Glory, they say as Anderson heads it away. Gavin Gunning. Armstrong. Ryan
Gauld, first touch him. Stuart Armstrong, playing on the left-hand
side remember. Ryan Dow. He was encouraged to shoot, and did so.
Armstrong takes a corner. Ryan Dow is in a hurry to take it. Up comes
the skipper. In from doubt. Rankin knocks it back in. Dowell comes, and
Anderson gets a clear. Brian Easton there as well. Robertson. He
Anderson gets a clear. Brian Easton keep it going for United. Headed
away by Brian Easton. Back Mannus. It just won't fall
away by Brian Easton. Back Mannus. United. Keith Watson. Really brave
from Ryan Dow because he knows he has a six foot five goalkeeper
coming on and he tries to put his head in front of it just determined
to play here. St Johnstone like defending like that, the last-ditch
defending. They defending like that, the last-ditch
onto a lead. They have never been in the Scottish cup final, St
Johnstone. Just the two league cup finals in the past. Just their third
major final. They have lost both those finals, 1-0
major final. They have lost both 2-1 to Rangers. And here in 1999,
major final. They have lost both now an assistant coach at the
Jose earthquakes in the states. United try to apply pressure.
Jose earthquakes in the states. Wotherspoon. Completed by Stevie
May. Maybe a bit too Wotherspoon. Completed by Stevie
He gets away with it. John Rankin. He knew the challenge was coming.
It's sit straight to Easton. That He knew the challenge was coming.
a free kick. Sean Dillon coming through the back of him, and Dundee
United through the back of him, and Dundee
numbers. It was almost one against one with MacLean, and should he get
control, he would be exposed. Probably a clever foul in the end
because it gives him time to get the team behind the ball again. St
Johnstone are one of the best teams in the
Johnstone are one of the best teams the lead. It is a lead that they
possessed with a less than 20 minutes of the Scottish cup final to
be played, and the referee is over because
be played, and the referee is over McNamara. Out of shot
He was alerted by the fourth official there.
Just a word in the ear of Jackie McNamara. He knows the clock
continues to tick down on him. Gavin Gunning gets it away. Michael
O'Halloran wins the corner kick. Yes, St Johnstone had another spell
in the match, just before this. There was a chance to put the ball
in the box. But they have won a corner. I think Michael O'Halloran
is coming off in a moment. Lee Croft is getting ready to come on.
There was just too much in the header. He was trying to headed back
to a dangerous area. O'Halloran can be pleased with his contribution to
the team. He has worked really hard. He deserves the standing ovation he
is getting. Lee Croft will give them something a little bit different, in
terms of allowing them to drift wide and get more crosses in. Lee Croft
was a first-team squad member at Manchester City. That was ten years
ago. He played under Kevin Keegan and Stuart Pearce.
United still have Brian Graham and Farid El Alagui on the bench. He has
stuck to his defensive task well. That was brilliant. He looks quite
composed. They do not. They are clock watching. So the St Johnstone
supporters, but for entirely different reasons. They have never
won a major trophy. The game is going through a lull
just now. At what point does Jackie McNamara throw caution to the wind?
This will suit St Johnstone. That was aimed for Nadir Ciftci. Not
quite. It was good movement of the back of Frazer Wright. The ball just
get out. We have seen that several times today. I think Dundee United
need to be more imaginative. Brian Graham is ready to come on for
Dundee United. They need us are at -- they need inspiration from
somewhere. That is a goal kick. It came off Robertson last. Yes, this
time it is not David Mackay doing the defensive responsibilities. It
is Lee Croft, who is fresh. You are right, it hits Robertson. Maybe Lee
is Lee Croft, who is fresh. You are Croft was brought on for that
reason, to help David Mackay. Paul Paton is coming off, and Brian
Graham is coming on. Brian Graham was a prolific goal with Raith
Rovers. 27 goals last year in the second tier.
He definitely gives them a different option. They can go in the air. He
is tall and strong, he holds the ball up well.
Stevie May, sizing it up. I was going to give him the benefit of the
doubt, and say that that was a cross, but it was not, it was
assured. That is no problem for St Johnstone. It is another
It is not happening. No, they are not finding that spark. Jackie
McNamara is trying to shuffle his not finding that spark. Jackie
front four. The creative players are not getting on the ball. They are so
threatening, but at this time, it is not happening. You have got to
credit St Johnstone for pressing them.
Brian Graham! He takes his first touch ever so well. It is its from
Gavin Gunning. Brian Graham, onto his left foot, and he is looking for
the far corner. It is just wide. He his left foot, and he is looking for
cannot wrap his food around it. That was a big chance. -- his
it. Dundee United have to try and conjure something
it. Dundee United have to try and are moving into the last ten
minutes, plus injury time. There is always an opportunity in the last
stages of games. St Johnstone have been defending very well.
He cannot get the ball across. Brian Easton was in front of him, blocking
the cross all the way. This is torture for the Dundee United
supporters. How close was that? That was inches
away. Fabulous play from Ciftci. It was wonderful. He skips past tea-mac
men. When he gets the shot away, you think it is going into the bottom
corner. Dundee United are really turning the screw, committing men
forward. -- skips past two men. Ciftci has gone
forward. -- skips past two men. second half for Dundee United.
St Johnstone had three men in the box. Lee Croft is normally so good
at finding his team-mates, but he just hit the first man there, which
is a cardinal sin. You have got to get the cross into the box.
There are people like St Johnstone who do not feel they get enough
credit for what they do. They finished third in the top flight
last season. Sixth place this season, but not too far away from
their points tally of the last campaign. David Wotherspoon is going
to come off, to be replaced by Gary McDonald.
That will surely win the Scottish Cup for St Johnstone. It is their
first major trophy. Steven McLean with the goal that may well turn him
and his team-mates in the legends. You have to say that it is all over
for Dundee United. The ball breaks kindly for Steven McLean, but she
shows great opportunism. It is a good run for -- from is -- from
Stevie May. The ball just falls for Steven McLean. He does well to get
it in. This came of John Rankin. He was very unfortunate. Steven McLean,
having been on the bench for 2003, while he was at Rangers, he has
played a Stanning role for Tommy Wright this afternoon. Look what it
means to the big man from Belfast. So many St Johnstone managers have
failed to get this club to silverware, the major silverware,
but he is so close now. Steven McLean's contribution today has been
epic, in terms of leading the line for St Johnstone. He is an unsung
hero. His linkup play is set in the none in this league. -- is second to
none. He was yellow carded for taking his top off in celebration.
He will not give a job. -- not give a jot. Dundee United have five
minutes to try and score twice. Ciftci blocked, and when it's not
your day, it's not your day. Ciftci blocked, and when it's not
love defending, and they have defended so well. Dundee United only
love defending, and they have go for it. -- they
Ryan Dow putting it straight to Mannus. Another good bit of play
from Ryan Dow. He has been a standout. Going past man, getting
the shots away, but not today. The St Johnstone funds perhaps
cannot believe what they are The St Johnstone funds perhaps
They've never seen it before. They are not celebrating as yet. They are
not very close now. The Jackie McNamara it is just not happening
his team on a ground he knows so well, on which she had so much
success as a player. A few of them have looked at the clock. They
success as a player. A few of them there is an long left.
success as a player. A few of them he had so much success.
ball. Ryan Gauld puts it through but there
ball. Ryan Gauld puts it through but pass. Here comes Ryan Dow.
finding top form in this game, and that is why they
finding top form in this game, and able to get the creative and
influential players on able to get the creative and
that is down to the way St Johnstone have pressed the game. The way they
have defended has been impenetrable. For me, they thoroughly deserved to
lift the cup. Dejection only
supporters. Elation for those who have made the journey from
supporters. Elation for those who and I'm sure from further afield, to
come to this special occasion. As this cup final
St Johnstone have defended this very easily. United with a couple of
St Johnstone have defended this very opportunities in the second half and
the yellow card is going to come out here for Gavin Gunning. Three
minutes added here for Gavin Gunning. Three
from winning the Scottish cup. Just frustration from Gavin Gunning more
than anything. We know how much it means to the players, the Scottish
cup final. And you can see that it is slipping out of their grasp.
Another loser 's medal for Gavin Gunning. Three minutes of injury
time confirmed. The scarves and the flags among the St Johnstone end.
All being hoisted above their heads. There will be one or two people who
will talk about the shortcomings of Dundee United, but the fact is, St
Johnstone have played this cup final like a fiddle. You can't take
anything away from St Johnstone. All of the players reached peak
performance on the day, and you can look at the workrate of the St
Johnstone team. Their organisation has been exemplary, and the
defending has been incredible. Chancellor Armstrong to pull one
back. Frazer Wright doing Chancellor Armstrong to pull one
does best. He's been doing it for years and years. Sees danger
does best. He's been doing it for throws his body on the line. Right
to the end, 2-0 up. That, right there sums it up. That is the
biggest chance of the day, and unfortunately for Graham, he has had
to since he came on and he has to hit the target. St Johnstone
disappointed to lose it near the front pose. And he knows himself who
should be hitting the target. That does sum up their day. It really
hasn't gone to them. The one they hit the bar and comes back. They say
losing semifinals is the worst feeling. Surely losing the final is
worse than that. Talk about a great day out, it's only a great day out
if you win it. And Stephen Anderson won't be feeling any pain in and it
also as Ciftci goes into the book. won't be feeling any pain in and it
Macro -- clumsy challenge, deference -- desperate challenge. I'm sure
Anderson will be all right when he is heading towards the St Johnstone
fans. They are seconds away from the
biggest St Johnstone cheer there has ever been. Tommy Wright knows it.
Stephen Anderson, right on half-time. Stephen MacLean, late on.
Their names are about to be etched into St Johnstone folklore. Craig
Thomson has already checked his watch. St Johnstone your time has
come! History has been created. And boy, they have had a long wait for
this. For a crack at this boy, they have had a long wait for
wait till they get their hands on it, which they will do now. A first
Scottish cup final in their 130 year history and the silverware is going
to Perth. We can hear immediately from Tommy Wright.
130 years without a trophy, so sum up how that feels question the lads
were absolutely superb. The first half, chances were both teams, but I
can't thank those lads enough, what they've done for me since I got the
job, and the rest of the staff. I'm so pleased that so many people. The
chairman, all the staff, I am proud. There will be a lot of people a lot
prouder than I am today as well. You took this job a year ago and did you
envisage that you would end of the season like this in your wildest
dream he did say jokingly that I should
win a trophy in my first year. And I said I will, jokingly. But as it
went on we had a belief we would win the cup. I watched the chance in the
first than I thought it was in. It hit the ground and just spun away,
and then I knew it was going to be our day. Go and enjoy the
celebrations. Well done. Wait worth waiting for this
generation of St Johnstone supporters. Tommy Wright succeeding
where some of the St Johnstone greats have failed. Even the great
Willie Ormond did not manage this. Tommy Wright and his team are now St
Johnstone legends. A sparkling chapter in the club's history has
been painted by Tommy Wright. The Scottish cup is going to McDiarmid
Park. So many men held in huge esteem in the club, but as the name
of Tommy Wright and Callum Davidson, his assistant. All of the 11 men,
and the substitutes as well who came on, McDonald and Croft. The
and the substitutes as well who came division title triumphs, the
European ties against the like of Monaco this season. A new standard
has been set. Fraser, sum up how that feels for
you and the boys? Absolutely delighted. We've waited a long time,
so we will savour it. You came into the match as an underdog, but did
you feel you were coming in a second favourite Christmas we didn't
deserve to be second favourites. The last three games we beat them doubly
and they did not score against us. We did it again. The media hype them
up. Tommy Wright with a huge impact in his first season. Tell us what he
has done for you guys? The gaffer came in and said he trusted us and
he knew we were hard-working boys, so we repaid his trust. Look at the
fans behind you, what they've them. We have waited a long time that this
and they deserve it. A wonderful day for St Johnstone
football club. You can see what it means to the supporters and players.
They have one their first major trophy it finishes 2-0.
Well, the party has been 130 years in the making, so it should be quite
a shindig in Perth and the district for all of the St Johnstone
supporters inside Celtic Park, and lots of you watching on television
and listening on the radio as well. A joyous moment, and nobody inside
the studio has enjoyed it more than Allan Preston. Absolutely delighted.
The best players on the Allan Preston. Absolutely delighted.
Johnstone. They thoroughly deserved the victory. They rode their luck a
little bit, the shot off the post and the crossbar, but take nothing
away from them. What they have done for St Johnstone as a bubble club,
it is a family, it's not just for St Johnstone as a bubble club,
players on the substitutes, it's the coaching staff, the office staff,
the fans. A real family club with a wonderful achievement and I'm so
the fans. A real family club with a happy for them, especially the
family but the money into the club and move them to McDiarmid Park and
they have their wishes and move them to McDiarmid Park and
have won a honour. Craig Brewster, you are bitterly disappointed the
Dundee United, but what a fantastic final. Yes,
Dundee United, but what a fantastic deserved it. From the first minute
they were at it and deserved it. From the first minute
was winning the midfield battler St Johnstone did. The back four were
solid and defensively they never gave United anything to hang onto
Dundee United had a few unlucky moments but overall, St Johnstone
deserved the win. A special moment for Jeff Brian and his boy who runs
the club, but they for Jeff Brian and his boy who runs
have ploughed so much into the club financially and otherwise, and today
comes that big reward, and it was such a big day for St Johnstone.
Their first-ever Scottish cup final. It often happens when you work so
Their first-ever Scottish cup final. hard for it, they delivered a
massive performance. They delivered a massive performance and that was
what was needed. They did not allow Dundee United get into the game at
any point. They closed down and stop the creative players from getting
involved, and it was thoroughly deserved. I am delighted for St
Johnstone at the club. Everything Allen said was spot on in regard to
St Johnstone. It is a just reward for what Tommy Wright has done this
season. He has clearly gone in and galvanised the players. They want to
play for him, and you can see with performances like that they believe
in what he's trying to do and I cannot emphasise enough how much
that was a deserved win for St Johnstone. Some people will have
seen a side of St Johnstone today that they did not know existed. They
can certainly play, and they that they did not know existed. They
ugly side well. The fitness levels were phenomenal. I said to Michael
and Craig that they cannot sustain it, but they did, they kept going.
They seemed to get energy from all over the place man the second goal
gives your adrenaline left, but from start to finish the tactics were
spot on. -- gives your adrenaline a lift. They got a goal from the set
play. I thought MacLean was excellent. Anderson was man of the
match, but MacLean was tremendous. Dave Mackay, that is our captain
plays. A wonderful display. Tommy Dave Mackay, that is our captain
Wright and the team have done so well. It's time to pick up their
prizes, and at the end of it, the big prize. Back to Stephen and Liam.
Yes, the guys summing it up well. It will take a while for this to sink
in for Tommy Wright. He took Lisburn distillery to their first-ever
Northern Ireland League Cup when they defeated Portadown and that was
three years ago. He has just led St Johnstone to their first-ever major
trophy. The presentation party will be out in a moment or two. They are
up on stage. It takes a little while for that to be built.
up on stage. It takes a little while tears. I saw one of the Dundee
United. They will get their runners-up medals in a moment.
United. They will get their heartbreaking. It really is. All
they will have done is think about today in the last two weeks, and
lifting the trophy. Do not get it, they are so dejected, and my heart
goes out to them. They would have been full of
confidence. They have entertained this season. Without a doubt, they
will be back. They have these very talented youngsters tied up the
decent contracts. Ryan Dow has signed a new contract. Ryan Gauld,
Gary Mackay-Steven, most of them have got a couple of years. It will
cost money for clubs to prise them away from Tannadice. Stuart
Armstrong has been so consistent over the last couple of seasons. All
of those flamboyant performances and unbelievable scorelines this season,
they will be scant consolation. Just like the runner-up medal for Nadir
Ciftci. But they will be back. Without a doubt. Footballers full of
highs and lows. -- football is full. They have a great squad and a great
manager. You feel that they can achieve things over the next few
years. The nonexecutive director of William held there. Presenting the
medals. -- William Hill. The referees get the medal as well. They
had a good game. Yes, all five of them, is specially the touchline
official and the goal line official, for calling that
correctly. We assumed it had gone over the line as well. There is the
man that made the call. It did not end up being a crucial call. Finally
we have seen behind the goal line official make a big decision. Tommy
Wright leads St Johnstone onto the podium to receive the William Hill
Scottish Cup. What a moment for them. This will live with them
forever. St Johnstone's 24th manager is Tommy Wright. He replaced Steve
Lomas one year ago. That European run, because it felt like a run at
the time, St Johnstone began their season in the middle of July. They
knocked out the Norwegian giants Rosenberg in European qualification.
They will enter European competition at the same stage this year. Not
perhaps the longest summer break that they have ever had. But there
are fewer in the Scottish game that deserve what is about to happen to
David Mackay here more. Beaten finalist at Dundee 11 years ago, and
at the age of 34, he is going to lift the Scottish Cup trophy, the
oldest club competition Trophy in the footballing world. The 2014
William Hill Scottish Cup belongs to St Johnstone.
This means so much to the players and the manager, but what does it
mean to the Brown family? It is a massive day for St
Johnstone, and a great day for the family. You have got one over on
your old man now, haven't you? You could say that. But he laid the
foundations. Lots of hard work was done before I took over. You have
been around the club for so long. done before I took over. You have
What does this mean to you and the done before I took over. You have
club as a whole? It means a lot to the people up there. Perth is never
seen as at football city. Let's hope this will change things. 130 years
without a major trophy. How crucial to this was Tommy Wright?
without a major trophy. How crucial competition he has been involved in,
he has done really well. Tommy was really confident before the game. He
was in no doubt that we would win the game. He has been fantastic.
was in no doubt that we would win are containing your
Congratulations. They are delighted, and more than a
little emotional as well. Photographs are being taken around
the ground. The air is turning blue and white around Celtic Park. The
awards of tangerine clad supporters have disappeared into the early
evening. It is all about Perth and St Johnstone, and this glorious
moment. David Mackay will have enjoyed it.
Getting sent Johnson to their first major trophy, how does it feel?
Unbelievable. We have worked so hard for it. -- dating St Johnstone. What
do you think of the backing from the fans? It is incredible. It is one
third of the population of Perth. We are delighted to reward them with
the trophy. Hopefully he will be a future St Johnstone player. Take
your fingers out. Thank you, enjoy it. David Mackay kept Gary
Mackay-Steven very quiet. What are showing. It is difficult to pick out
one man, because this was such a polished performance from St
Johnstone. The two centre-halves were immense. You are right. You
cannot pick out one person. I thought Steven McLean was how voters
-- was head and shoulders above the rest of them, but you have got to
say, nine out of ten for everyone else, and ten out of ten for Steven
McLean. Tommy Wright went into this game with real confidence. Frazer
Wright as well. It looks like they were correct. They had a right to
believe, because they have beaten Dundee United three times this
season. On the day, they won every battle on the pitch. They were
worthy winners. Brian Easton is next.
The rain is on, but it will not dampen the celebrations. Definitely
not. It is some feeling. We have put in hard work. Europe earlier on, and
now we are Scottish Cup winners. You could not have imagined it at the
start of the season. You have seen your friends go on to great things
in England, but now you have a Scottish Cup winners' medal. It is
brilliant. I am proud of them in the FA Cup, even though I was a little
jealous. My family are here to Jesus on. It is brilliant that they get
this feeling as well. You will be celebrating for a few days after
this? Yes, at least a few days. That is the season over. It is great to
finish on a high. We can enjoy the summer now. Thank you.
There is Mark Millar, enjoying his summer now. Thank you.
moment as well. Chris Millar, I should say. All of the St Johnstone
players in front of the supporters. It is special. The team story is
overriding everything else. Brian Easton, he left Hamilton heading for
big things in England. He had to come back, relaunching his career at
St Johnstone. Now he is a Scottish Cup winner. So many of the team have
had ups and downs in their career. David Mackay, he went down side, he
was homesick. He has been a great servant for them. David Wotherspoon
left Hibs on a down. He has found a manager who believes in him. A
fantastic performance right across the board from St Johnstone. It was
a thoroughly deserved victory. They deserve to enjoy it for at least a
couple of weeks. He is Steven Anderson. -- here is. How did it
feel when the goal went in? I was delighted. It was a crucial time to
get a goal. It changes so much? Yes, it changes the influence. You have
something to hang onto. And believable celebrations for you
guys. You have had to wait for more than a hundred years for this, for
St Johnstone. It is good to be a part of history. It is all about
memories and women in games. -- and winning games. Giving the Scottish
Cup a couple, Tommy Wright. St Johnstone are winners, Dundee United
losers. This is Jackie McNamara. That must be gutting for you. Give
us a flavour of how you are feeling. I am very disappointed for the
players, after the effort they have put in, not just today, but to get
is here. I need to congratulate St Johnstone for winning the trophy. It
just was not our day-to-day. Thin margins, hitting the post, the
crossbar. They got the goal at half time. -- our day today. How crucial
was that, when the ball hit off the crossbar, and after the free kick?
Yes, it is small margins. That is what separated us in the game. I
still think we can play better than we did today. There was no real pace
at some times. They seem to have mastered the art of knowing how to
play you. Yes, it is lot easier to stop them to create. They have had a
fantastic season, credit the Tommy Wright and his players. I want to
congratulate them on winning the trophy. Thank you.
Disappointment for Jackie McNamara. Gracious as well. Praise for St
Johnstone. Richly deserve. This is the man that got the second goal,
Steven McLean. It was a tight game throughout.
Your goal put St Johnstone on the road to victory. How does it feel?
To score the second goal in a Scottish Cup Final, what a feeling.
For you guys, coming into this match, perhaps as underdogs, did you
feel there was less pressure on you? We were quietly confident.
Everyone else made as underdogs. We know that we are a good side. No one
turns silver. Dundee United have great qualities. They were
unfortunate couple of times today. Sometimes you need a bit of luck,
but we deserved it in the end. Some upward Tommy Wright has done for the
team? He is a fantastic manager, a great leader and a nice guy. The
transition for -- the transition from Steve Lomas to him has been
smooth. He is a great guy. This is your strike partner, Stevie May. No
goals today, but I am sure you will get that opt for the cup? Yes,
regardless of how we won it, it was about getting the victory. How has
it been this season? There about getting the victory. How has
lots of headlines about you and your goal scoring exploits? Did you
lots of headlines about you and your any added pressure? No, I was just
excited for the occasion and the chance of winning a trophy. I am
happy for the boys. We have been unbelievable all season.
happy for the boys. We have been indicated that you want to stay
here. Can you categorically say that you will be a St Johnstone player
next season? I would like to think so. It is out of my hands slightly,
but I am happy here, playing football and winning trophy. There
is no reason to think otherwise. Stevie May's hometown will
is no reason to think otherwise. happy place. It is party time.
Europe will come calling again in mid-July for St Johnstone, going
into the qualifiers and it seems so long ago that they beat Rosen Borg
in the same competition. That long ago that they beat Rosen Borg
the moment. There is a lot of partying to be done. They probably
played more games than anyone else, getting to the latter stages of the
league cup, then the Scottish cup final, then started in Europe early,
and then a full season. These lads have stepped up to the plate. People
say Stevie May might need to leave to win something, but he doesn't,
you can win trophies at St Johnstone, and it's been proved
today. The St Johnstone fans thoroughly deserve it. They have
been ridiculed for the lack of numbers that turn up to the games,
but they have backed them vocally today and I spoke to Tommy Wright
this morning, and he told me and the cameras and the chairman they would
win the cup, and he was proved to be right. You can see the emotion all
over the faces of the St Johnstone supporters. The older they are, the
more they feel it, because they have been through disappointments, and
today it is the ultimate success. It's not easy to win this trophy.
130 years, and you look at these players, and you look back 20 years,
and you have to enjoy this occasion. Some of those players might not get
back to a Scottish cup final and there is nothing better than
enjoying that success. They have do really Sample and savour every
minute of it. One third of Perth was here, and the other two thirds of
Robbie watching in their living room as well. -- two thirds of Perth were
watching. I think the whole town, Hull City, their areas. The whole
city will be absolutely over the moon -- the whole town, the whole
city. When you have waited for a long time a major trophy like this,
you deserve it. We spoke through the whole programme that St Johnstone
were the better team. Their players are put in a great performance.
Tommy Wright clearly has the affection of the players, and they
all like him. That combination, a manager the players want to play
for, that means they will but the performances in. That was what was
needed today and that is what the St Johnstone players have done. The end
result is they have lifted the trophy. Here is another of the local
lads who will have enjoyed this more than most. David Wotherspoon.
Tremendous day for St Johnstone. Is all the sweet of you having missed,
-- missed out on the cup finals? Massively sweeter. I was thinking
about them walking out there and it just puts it into perspective will
stop you can bounce back, no matter what. I think I have proved that
this year. Scottish cup winners 2014, that just puts everything to
bed. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? What does it mean to you as a local
lad? Coming back to Blaby or home time -- town. -- coming back to play
for your hometown. It is fantastic. They have been through a lot. It is
massive now. Everybody will be behind them and I'm sure there will
be a lot of support and they have been fantastic the whole season.
It's well-deserved. A massive party in Perth tonight am ago and enjoyed.
I think the St Johnstone fans might have to be persuaded to leave sooner
or later. They have no desire to go anywhere at the moment. They want to
share this with Tommy Wright and his team. It has been all about blue and
white today and it has been St Johnstone's day. A bit of ill
health, Tommy Wright recently. He has picked up since then. He is not
going to get a better pick me up than this one. I said to him I would
go and have a pint with him if he wins it and he told me he would be
having that point. He has good guys under him, Alec Clelland, Callum
Davidson. This all-star. -- the whole staff. It's not about the
individuals, it is the whole staff, the whole support group that helps.
He's done a wonderful job because Steve Lomas had lost the changing
room, to be honest. Some of the players didn't like his attitude.
Tommy came in and transform the club. They are all in it together
and the team spirit is second to none. We talked about set pieces in
the build-up to the match and no great surprise that it was one of
those on the stroke of half-time that brought us the opening goal.
That is what won the game. St Johnstone started the brightest,
then United got control and that killed the game for me. It gave them
the belief in the second half. We tote that spoke about Tommy and the
team, and have we seen a real team today? Jackie was very gracious
about St Johnstone, and maybe there was a resignation midway through the
second half that it was not going to be their day. Yes, he tried
everything, but it wasn't to be. His individual players did not perform
today and you need that. You need the performance from the players and
the work. And some luck. It came back off the post. The big one was a
half-time when they lost the goal. St Johnstone forced the issue. It's
not like Dundee United handed it to them on a plate. They made this
happen right from the kick-off. Definitely. You look at the previous
fixtures between the two teams, clearly St Johnstone have got the
upper hand. They know how to play them and they have taken that
tactical idea and used it in today's game and imposed themselves from the
off. As we said in commentary, we create your own luck. -- you create
your own luck. Dundee United were unfortunate, they hit the post, the
crossbar. Those little bits that St Johnstone got, they worked for it.
When that happens you get your own luck. We wondered if Dundee United
might scramble the game luck. We wondered if Dundee United
time but all doubt was removed when MacLean scored this goal. At this
point they are playing a five-man midfield. Stevie May runs in and
gets a break and it goes through to MacLean. The keeper comes out and he
reacted brilliantly. He is on the ground and gets the right footing.
Very brave, and he reacts first. Sean Dillon is two yards deeper than
Gavin Gunning. He is playing him on site. We spoke about it at the
beginning of the game, the centre half partnership being important
today. Little things like that, yes, it was a break of the midfielder,
but you can see Sean Dillon on the edge of the box, you can't have the
two centre halves in lines like that because you will eventually get
punished. There goes Tommy Wright down the touchline on the way to his
own individual celebration. We should give plaudits, and we have
done during the game, let's do it again to Alan and the refereeing
team for getting it absolutely right with what looked like a second St
Johnstone goal and wasn't, but what a good spot and suddenly we see the
value of having an assistant referee. A huge call from the
officials and spot on. It was the right one. Watch this from the
Dundee perspective. Frazer Wright is in five yards of space, nobody
marking. From the perspective of the officials, a great call. That is so
difficult to tell and asked in the studio, we thought it was over the
line. But it clearly had his hand and that is a huge call credit to
him you see the officials behind the goals, and he stepped up and got it
spot on. The referee on the assistant on the far side was to
give the goal. The referee gave it, and it was Alan Muir behind the
goal, so spot on them. Set pieces are something the Dundee United to
address. All of their free-flowing football, they need to defend, and a
struggle. You would think that they have a man to mark before the game,
but as you see, Frazer Wright, in five yards, nobody near him. They
have to defend better. Sometimes it is the break of the ball, and Dundee
United could is the break of the ball, and Dundee
when you think of the is the break of the ball, and Dundee
They have to deal better with them. They have to deal better with them.
Looking at that I wonder if Ryan Dow could have reacted. He was away
celebrating, but he could have reacted quicker and got the rebound.
I think he was celebrating scoring. That's the fine margins. It could
hit the bar and go out and then it lands on the goalkeeper. Armstrong
is going in to knock it in the back of the net but it lands on the
keeper. On both occasions you think it will hit the keeper and going, so
there is an element of luck. We heard the guys talking after the
game in the interviews and they said you knew -- do need some luck to win
this. When you put in the amount of effort St Johnstone put in, you
create your own luck. Maybe the quality of the game was underlined
by this moment in the second half when we could have had the goal at
either end. The game went from one end to the other and we had
Wotherspoon threatening at one end, then Robertson. What a run from
Wotherspoon. He commits, tries to get into the box. He does not almost
know where he's going. If you're going to criticise the shop, it
should have been low and across but then go United, at the other end.
You look at the run that MacLean made to take Robertson's eye of the
ball. But there was a counterattack from St Johnstone and they have six
players around the box and then Dundee United have gone of the park
and counted, and what a save from Robertson. That little snippet
epitomise what happened through the game. One end, over to the next,
countering each other and a great game to watch. There are far too
many games where you see the team set their stalls out they will not
be broken down. But today, it was you have an attack, we have attack,
and a good spectacle. Jackie McNamara was right about fine
margins deciding games, but I don't think many of us would suggest that
St Johnstone did not deserve it today. Not at all. The team ethic
was right for St Johnstone. They went in believing, they won the
personal battles and it was crucial. For me, Dundee United could
switch off at times, allowing set place -- pieces and free players in
the box. We talked about setting the tone before the match and they did
it before the kick-off. There were battles all over the park, they got
bossed by the St Johnstone place. Dave Mackay was exceptional.
Mackay-Steven has given him some problems before, but not today. I
expected more from Armstrong. Even Ryan Gauld, he could not get
involved. Ciftci looked a frustrated loan striker at times. Everything
that St Johnstone have put into their plan worked to perfection. You
have to give credit to St Johnstone for that. It's not a fluke that they
turned up and Dundee United's players didn't play well. They were
the architects of that. They deliberately closed down the space
between midfield and defence. No gaps between the units and they were
all connected. The end result, when you do that, that has been worked on
and you get a good result and they've lifted the trophy because of
it. Champagne moment in the dressing for St Johnstone. Well, these are
traditional pictures may be for winning teams in the big events, but
not for St Johnstone. A special day and this is a special moment. A good
champagne soaking for everyone. If you want to relive what happened
today at Celtic Park, and if you are St Johnstone fan of you will be up
to see them often enough, and if you are Dundee United than you might
want to avoid 10:35pm as the celebrations continue for St
Johnstone in their first-ever Scottish cup final, and they have
won their first major trophy. They poured their heart and soul into
this and have rewritten the record books. Goodbye for now.
St Johnstone v Dundee Utd (Kick-off 3pm)
Live from Celtic Park, Glasgow
The showpiece event of the Scottish football season is a Tayside derby which sees Tommy Wright's St Johnstone take on Jackie McNamara's Dundee Utd for the oldest national trophy in the world. With the National Stadium at Hampden out of action as it prepares for the Commonwealth Games, Celtic Park is the venue for today's game. The Perth side have never reached a Scottish Cup Final in their 130 year history so this is a landmark occasion for them. The Tangerines have lifted the trophy twice, in 1994 and 2010. Both sides finished in the top six of the SPFL Premiership and the Saints had the upper hand in their league meetings, winning three of the four. Meanwhile United have a wealth of exciting young talent in their squad who have won plaudits and admirers throughout the season.
On the way to today's match the McDiarmid Park side defeated Livingston, Forfar and Raith Rovers. And in a dramatic semi-final against Aberdeen they came from behind to win 2-1, with both goals coming from their top goalscorer Stevie May. In their early rounds the Tannadice side enjoyed victories against top-flight opposition in Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In the semi-final they beat Rangers 3-1 at Ibrox with goals from Armstrong, Mackay-Steven and Ciftci. The Sportscene team will be telling the story of how this season's Scottish Cup unfolded from the first goal last September all the way to today's final tie. Key players from both teams talk about their cup campaigns and aspirations. We take a walk down memory lane to tell the Cup history of both clubs. And we'll bring you all the team news and tactical analysis as kick-off approaches.
Introduced by Rob Maclean with former Dundee Utd striker Craig Brewster, ex-St Johnstone midfielder Allan Preston and Michael Stewart.
Commentary from Liam McLeod & Steven Thompson.