2014 Scottish Cup Final
Official programme cover
|Event||2013–14 Scottish Cup|
|Date||17 May 2014|
|Venue||Celtic Park, Glasgow|
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.
Route to the final
|Fifth Round||Forfar Athletic||4–0|
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. St Johnstone then took on Forfar Athletic, winning 4–0, courtesy of goals from May, Frazer Wright, Michael O'Halloran and James Dunne.
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. 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.
|Fifth Round||St Mirren||2–1|
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. Dundee United then took on St Mirren. United won 2–1, courtesy of goals from Ryan Gauld and Nadir Çiftçi.
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. 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.
This was St Johnstone's first appearance in the Scottish Cup Final, 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. This was done to comply with UEFA regulations which prohibit televised matches being played on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final. 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. As with the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final, the Scottish Football Association opted to use Celtic Park instead. 26,000 tickets were sold on the first full day of sales. St Johnstone received an initial allocation of 11,300 tickets, but almost all of these were sold after the first day of public sale. Dundee United had sold about 16,000 tickets before commencing their public sale of tickets. A JustGiving appeal to fund tickets for poorer fans raised over £14,000 within 12 hours of it being launched.
17 May 2014
|St Johnstone||2–0||Dundee United|
Man of the Match: Steven Anderson (St Johnstone)
- Assistant referees:
- Graham Chambers
- Michael Banks
- Additional assistant referees:
- Fourth official:
- 90 minutes
- 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
- Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
- Seven named substitutes
- Maximum of three substitutions
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