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St. Johnstone Confirm Double Win With Scottish Cup Triumph

Callum Davidson's St. Johnstone have won the Scottish Cup, which pairs nicely with the Betfred Cup trophy secured back in February.

The game started at 14:00 on Saturday as the longest day of our lives dragged on up until kick-off. Young referee Nick Walsh was in charge for the occasion in his first ever Scottish Cup final.

First Half

Saints started the half positively and although 'Hibs' did keep up some good early pressure it was only St. Johnstone who looked like threatening. An early Chris Kane chance was fired miles over the bar following a neat flick on from Bryson.

Middleton nearly broke the deadlock following some trickery on the right flank, he found himself inches away from an opener if it wasn't for a last-ditch Gogic intervention.

[Middleton battles with Doig]

Hibernian had a half chance themselves following a back post cross almost finding Boyle but Kerr nodded it over and to safety. Jackson Irvine had Hibernian's biggest chance of the half when a fortunate bounce landed to the Australian international a few yards out on his left foot. However, Zander Clark stood firm and a quick reaction save with his feet kept the teams level.

In the 32nd minute Callum Booth heroically won the ball twice to keep St. Johnstone in possession of the left flank, with play breaking to 'Spoony' who did his famous chop inside to send Gogic into a different post code and swung a delightful cross deep to the back post. His delivery was attacked by Betfred Cup final hero Shaun Rooney who met it in mid air and headed home past a helpless Matt Macey!!!!! St. Johnstone were ahead!!!! 1-0.

Rooney's goal came at the exact same time as it did in the Betfred Cup final in February, a good omen perhaps?

The rest of the first half was well managed by Saints who were well organised as usual and didn't give Hibernian any time or space on the ball which prevented any chances as Davidson's side controlled the remainder of the half well.

[Shaun Rooney celebrates his goal]

Half Time: 1-0 St. Johnstone

Second Half

Hibernian came flying out of the traps in the second half but despite all of their intent they never ever threatened Zander Clark and following a "penalty appeal" from 3 or 4 players following the ball hitting Jamie McCart's knee (ridiculous I know) St. Johnstone counter attacked and 'Hibs' were lucky not to find themselves 2 behind as Middleton drove forward but a Joe Newell challenge thwarted the Rangers loanee just in time, with Rooney's follow-up effort also being blocked by the Englishman.

In the 75th minute St. Johnstone won a penalty following a McGinn foul on Kane inside the box, the following penalty was taken by Middleton as all regular takers were on the bench. The young winger's effort wasn't bad but was well saved by Macey as well as Kane's follow-up. Hibernian were still in the game.

Hibernian looked flat and although Saints began to tire late on the team from the Capital never took advantage as St. Johnstone ran out eventual winners and lifted the Scottish Cup!

[St. Johnstone celebrate the final whistle]

This cemented a famous cup double becoming only the 4th team in Scottish football history to do this - along with Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers. Over the course of the game few could argue that the Perth outfit didn't deserve the win as we enjoyed large periods of the game and Hibernian rarely questioned the Saints backline.

Full Time: 1-0 St. Johnstone

Man of the Match - David Wotherspoon

Canadian international and Saints legend David Wotherspoon was outstanding. The most decorated player in St. Johnstone history and the only player to start all 3 cup winning finals delivered on the big stage once again.

Not only did Wotherspoon assist the all important goal but he was also outstanding throughout the match, he was a joy to watch and was a key part of the teams success.

Everyone played well and just about anybody could have won MOTM, nobody put a foot wrong again.

[Wotherspoon dances forward]

What This Result Means

This result confirmed that St. Johnstone won the 2021 Scottish Cup and secured a historic cup double. Although no fans were in attendance, Saints fans still celebrated today's game in style (no, not in George Square) and it will be a year that lives long in the memory.

Winning today meant that St. Johnstone have now won 2 trophies in the last 3 months - more than the previous 136 years combined. Callum Davidson and his squad should be immensely proud and Perth will celebrate this amazing success in the summer as it is deserved.

[St. Johnstone lift the Scottish Cup]

I still can't quite comprehend what has happened, but St. Johnstone have won a cup double with the smallest squad in the league!

Saints will now 100% enter Europa League qualifying in the summer.

Manager/Player Reaction

There were plenty of player and manager interviews following today's historic win, here are some of my favourites:

David Wotherspoon

'Spoony' is a Perth lad and his interview was particularly emotional, if you don't tear up at this you are simply lying!

Shaun Rooney

Rooney was once again scoring the winner in the final and was absolutely buzzing. He has plans to enjoy the summer and boy does he deserve it.

Callum Davidson

The gaffer was full of pride following this monumental achievement and although he retained his cool, calm and collected demeanour he was smiling from ear to ear.

Match Highlights

Here are the official BBC match highlights:

What a time to be a Saintee.

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