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St Johnstone win Scottish Cup for first time ever

ESPN staff
May 17, 2014
St Johnstone players eagerly await captain Dave Mackay lifting the Scottish Cup for the first time in the club's history © Getty Images
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St Johnstone lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time in their 130-year history after they defeated favourites Dundee United 2-0 at Celtic Park.

Steven Anderson gave the Perth club the lead on the stroke of half-time before, with eight minutes to play, Steven MacLean forced the ball home after initially being denied by Dundee United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak in a one-on-one.

It sparked delirious scenes among the 15,000-strong St Johnstone support at Celtic Park, which played host to the final due to Hampden - the traditional Scottish Cup final venue - being prepared to host athletics during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

St Johnstone had never even been in a Scottish Cup final before and rode their luck at times - United hit the post in the first half and saw a superb free-kick by Nadir Ciftci in the second half hit the underside of the bar and the back of St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus yet somehow failing to cross the line at any point.

However, St Johnstone had a goal ruled out in the second half for handball against Stevie May, who had scored both goals in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen.

Olympic bronze medal curler and Perth native Eve Muirhead was one of the first to celebrate her team's success on Twitter:

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