2013 Scottish League Cup Final

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2013 Scottish League Cup Final
Scottish League Cup final programme 2013.jpg
The match programme cover.
Event 2012–13 Scottish League Cup
Date 17 March 2013
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Man of the Match Paul McGowan (St Mirren)
Referee Craig Thomson
Attendance 44,036

The 2013 Scottish League Cup Final was the 67th final of the Scottish League Cup.The final took place on 17 March 2013 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The clubs contesting the 2013 final were SPL clubs, St Mirren and Hearts.

As Hearts finished in the top five of the SPL, they entered the League Cup in the third round. They made a convincing start, defeating Livingston in third round. A much tougher test awaited the Jambos in the shape of Dundee United in the quarter-finals, although they defeated the 2008/09 semi-finalists on penalty kicks. Hearts came up against Inverness CT in the semi-finals at Easter Road and were again victorious on penalties.

St Mirren finished 8th in the SPL and entered the League Cup in the second round. They too made a fantastic start, thrashing Ayr United. Hamilton were the Buddies' opponents in the third round and Danny Lennon's men sneaked through after a goal in stoppage time. The quarter-finals saw the Saints take a trip up to Pittodire to face Aberdeen, and after a 2–2 draw after extra time, the men from Paisley won on penalties. A trip to Hampden Park for the semi-finals saw St Mirren run out 3–2 winners against Celtic and set up a final against Hearts. St Mirren won the final 3-2 against Hearts.[1][2][3] It was their first major trophy since the 1987 Scottish Cup victory.[4][5][6]

Route to the final[edit]

Hearts were one of the five Scottish Premier League sides who entered the League Cup in the third round. St Mirren finished 8th in the Scottish Premier League the previous season and entered the League Cup in the second round.

St Mirren[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Second round Ayr United 5–1 (h)
Third round Hamilton 1–0 (h)
Quarter-final Aberdeen 1–1 (4–2 p) (a)
Semi-final Celtic 3–2 (n)

In the second round St Mirren faced a home tie against Second Division team Ayr United. Five different players got on the scoresheet for the Saints and saw them through comfortably.[7]

In the next round St Mirren faced First Division team Hamilton at St Mirren Park. Lee Mair's goal in the 92nd minute gave the home side victory.[8]

St Mirren drew with Aberdeen in the quarter-finals, but were victorious on penalty kicks.[9]

St Mirren beat Celtic in the semi-final with a magnificent display. Paul McGowan, formerly of Celtic, was one of the Saints' three goalscorers.[10]


Round Opposition Score
Third round Livingston 3–1 (h)
Quarter-final Dundee United 1–1 (5–4 p) (a)
Semi-final Inverness CT 1–1 (5–4 p) (n)

In the third round Hearts faced a home tie against First Division team Livingston. Two goals from Marius Žaliūkas and one from Danny Grainger saw the Jambos through comfortably.[11] In the next round Hearts faced fellow Scottish Premier League team Dundee United at Tannadice. Callum Paterson opened the scoring for Hearts before Johnny Russell equalised for the home side.[12]

Hearts beat Inverness CT on penalties in the semi-final. Andrew Shinnie put the Highlanders ahead shortly after half time, but debutant Michael Ngoo struck the equaliser for the Gorgie club.[13]


17 March 2013
St Mirren 3–2 Heart of Midlothian
Gonçalves Goal 37'
Thompson Goal 46'
Newton Goal 66'
Report Stevenson Goal 10'85'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 44,036
Referee: Craig Thomson
St Mirren
GK 1 Scotland Craig Samson
RB 2 Republic of Ireland David van Zanten
CB 14 Scotland Marc McAusland
CB 6 Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin (c)
LB 3 Wales Paul Dummett
RM 21 Scotland Gary Teale Booked 83'
CM 10 Scotland Paul McGowan
CM 24 England Conor Newton
LM 29 Scotland John McGinn Substituted off 81'
CF 9 Scotland Steven Thompson Substituted off 77'
CF 77 Portugal Esmaël Gonçalves Booked 39' Substituted off 90+2'
GK 16 Scotland Grant Adam
DF 5 Scotland Lee Mair Substituted in 90+2'
MF 11 Republic of Ireland Graham Carey Substituted in 81'
MF 17 Scotland Kenny McLean
FW 19 England Sam Parkin Substituted in 77'
Scotland Danny Lennon
GK 1 Scotland Jamie MacDonald
RB 19 Australia Dylan McGowan
CB 6 Scotland Andy Webster (c)
CB 4 Scotland Danny Wilson
LB 29 Scotland Kevin McHattie
RM 7 Scotland Ryan Stevenson Booked 83'
CM 5 Scotland Darren Barr Substituted off 70'
CM 10 Morocco Mehdi Taouil Substituted off 80'
LM 14 Scotland Jamie Walker Substituted off 64'
CF 21 England Michael Ngoo Booked 69'
CF 9 England John Sutton Booked 90+4'
GK 13 Scotland Mark Ridgers
DF 28 Scotland Brad McKay
MF 15 Scotland Jason Holt Substituted in 70'
MF 18 Lithuania Arvydas Novikovas Substituted in 64'
FW 37 Scotland Dale Carrick Substituted in 80'
Scotland Gary Locke


  • Referee: Craig Thomson
  • Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross
  • Assistant Referee 2: Derek Rose
  • Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy


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


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  2. ^ "St Mirren's Cup win worth the wait". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "St Mirren 3 Hearts 2: Saints write their names in league cup history after 67 years". Daily Record. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Saints survive dramatic finish to lift League Cup and win first trophy for 26 years". Daily Mail. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "St Mirren 3 Hearts 2: Trophy hunt finally ends after 26 years". The Independent. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Scottish Communities League Cup final: St Mirren 3 Hearts 2". Daily Telegraph. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "St Mirren 5–1 Ayr United". BBC Sport. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "St Mirren 1–0 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Aberdeen 2–2 St Mirren (2–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "St Mirren 3–2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hearts 3 – 1 Livingston". BBC Sport. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dundee United 1–1 Hearts (4–5 pens)". BBC Sport. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Inverness 1–1 Hearts (4–5 pens)". BBC Sport. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013.