2014 Scottish Cup Final

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2014 Scottish Cup Final
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Pre-match ceremonies at Celtic Park
Event 2013–14 Scottish Cup
Date 17 May 2014
Venue Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee Craig Thomson[1]
Attendance 47,345
2013

The 2014 Scottish Cup Final was the 129th final of the Scottish Cup, the most prestigious knockout football competition in Scotland. The match took place at Celtic Park on 17 May 2014 and was contested by St. Johnstone and Dundee United.

After winning the game 2–0, St. Johnstone entered the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League in the Second Qualifying Round.[2]

This was St. Johnstone's first-ever Scottish Cup Final in their 130-year history, and Dundee United's 10th.[3][4]

Route to the final[edit]

St. Johnstone[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Fourth Round Livingston 2–0
Fifth Round Forfar Athletic 4–0
Quarter-final Raith Rovers 3–1
Semi-final Aberdeen 2–1

St. Johnstone entered the competition in the Fourth Round. They began their campaign against Livingston at McDiarmid Park. Stevie May and Sanel Jahić scored the goals that sealed the Saints' passage into the next round.[5] St. Johnstone then took on Forfar Athletic, winning 4–0, courtesy of goals from May, Frazer Wright, Michael O'Halloran and James Dunne.[6]

In the quarter-final St. Johnstone were drawn against Raith Rovers. Goals from Gary McDonald, Nigel Hasselbaink and Steven Anderson sealed a 3–1 victory.[7] In the semi-final at Ibrox on 13 April, St. Johnstone faced Aberdeen. A double from May sent St. Johnstone to their first-ever Scottish Cup final.[8]

Dundee United[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Fourth Round Kilmarnock 5–2
Fifth Round St. Mirren 2–1
Quarter-final Inverness CT 5–0
Semi-final Rangers 3–1

Dundee United entered the competition in the Fourth Round. They began their campaign against Kilmarnock at Tannadice. Andrew Robertson scored twice, with goals from Stuart Armstrong, Brian Graham and Gary Mackay-Steven sealing the Terrors' passage into the next round.[9] Dundee United then took on St. Mirren. United won 2–1, courtesy of goals from Ryan Gauld and Nadir Çiftçi.[10]

In the quarter-final Dundee United were drawn against Inverness CT. Çiftçi scored twice, with goals from Gavin Gunning, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong sealing a 5–0 victory.[11] In the semi final at Ibrox on 12 April, Dundee United faced Rangers. Goals from Armstrong, Mackay-Steven and Çiftçi sent Dundee United to the final for the first time since 2010.[12]

Pre-match[edit]

This was St. Johnstone's first appearance in the Scottish Cup Final,[13] while it was Dundee United's tenth appearance. United had previously won two Scottish Cups (in 1994 and 2010), and have been beaten in seven finals. The most notable meeting of the two clubs in the Scottish Cup until now was in the 1990–91 Scottish Cup, when Dundee United won 2–1 in a semi-final at East End Park and advanced to the 1991 Scottish Cup Final.

For the first time in its history, the Scottish Cup Final was played on a Sunday in 2013.[14] This was done to comply with UEFA regulations which prohibit televised matches being played on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final.[14] As the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final is being played on a different weekend, this meant that the Scottish Cup Final could again be played on a Saturday.

The redevelopment of Hampden Park for use as the main athletics stadium in the 2014 Commonwealth Games meant that the traditional home of the Scottish Cup Final was not available.[15] As with the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final, the Scottish Football Association opted to use Celtic Park instead.[13][15] 26,000 tickets were sold on the first full day of sales.[13] St. Johnstone received an initial allocation of 11,300 tickets, but almost all of these were sold after the first day of public sale.[13] Dundee United had sold about 16,000 tickets before commencing their public sale of tickets.[13] A JustGiving appeal to fund tickets for poorer fans raised over £14,000 within 12 hours of it being launched.[16]

A day before the final Dundee United announced they had broken their own record of ticket sales for a final by selling over 28,000 tickets. St. Johnstone, meanwhile, sold over 15,000 tickets.[17][18]

The match was shown live on BBC Scotland and on Sky Sports.

Match details[edit]

17 May 2014
15:00 BST
St. Johnstone 2–0 Dundee United
Anderson Goal 45+1'
MacLean Goal 84'
Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 47,345
Referee: Craig Thomson[1]
St. Johnstone
Dundee United
GK 1 Northern Ireland Alan Mannus
RB 2 Scotland Dave Mackay
CB 5 Scotland Frazer Wright
CB 6 Scotland Steven Anderson
LB 24 Scotland Brian Easton
RM 7 Scotland Chris Millar
CM 10 Scotland David Wotherspoon Substituted off 86'
CM 12 England James Dunne Booked 49'
LM 29 Scotland Michael O'Halloran Substituted off 73'
RS 9 Scotland Steven MacLean Booked 85'
LS 17 Scotland Stevie May Booked 53'
Substitutes:
GK 15 England Steve Banks
DF 19 Scotland Gary Miller
MF 4 Republic of Ireland Patrick Cregg
MF 8 Scotland Gary McDonald Substituted in 86'
MF 22 England Lee Croft Substituted in 73'
FW 11 Netherlands Nigel Hasselbaink
FW 25 Scotland Chris Iwelumo
Manager:
Northern Ireland Tommy Wright
GK 1 Poland Radosław Cierzniak
RB 12 Scotland Keith Watson
CB 2 Republic of Ireland Seán Dillon
CB 5 Republic of Ireland Gavin Gunning Booked 89'
LB 26 Scotland Andrew Robertson
CDM 6 Northern Ireland Paul Paton Booked 52' Substituted off 77'
CDM 8 Scotland John Rankin
RM 18 Scotland Ryan Dow
CAM 10 Scotland Stuart Armstrong
LM 11 Scotland Gary Mackay-Steven Substituted off 64'
FW 21 Turkey Nadir Çiftçi Booked 90+3'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Scotland Marc McCallum
DF 16 Scotland Mark Wilson
DF 20 Scotland John Souttar
MF 27 Senegal Morgaro Gomis
MF 19 Scotland Ryan Gauld Substituted in 64'
FW 9 Scotland Brian Graham Substituted in 77'
FW 29 France Farid El Alagui
Manager:
Scotland Jackie McNamara

Man of the Match: Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone)

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Craig Thomson to referee Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "St Johnstone make Scottish Cup history as MacLean sinks Dundee United". Guardian. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United: Steven Anderson and Steve MacLean goals seal first-ever Scottish Cup Final win". Daily Mail. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United". Scotsman. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "St Johnstone 2–0 Livingston". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forfar 0–4 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Raith Rovers 1–3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "St Johnstone 2–1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dundee Utd 5–2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dundee Utd 2–1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Inverness CT 0–5 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 1–3 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Ticket sales for Scottish Cup final hit 26,000 in a day". BBC News (BBC). 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Sunday switch for 2013 Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Celtic Park to host 2013/2014 Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport (BBC). 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dundee United fans raise £14,000 for final tickets". BBC News (BBC). 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "RECORD BREAKING TANGERINE ARMY". dundeeunited.co.uk (dundeeunited.co.uk). 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "ONE DAY AND COUNTING". perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk (perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk). 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.