Scottish Cup as it happened

Stevie May fires a double as St Johnstone come from behind to book their place in the Scottish Cup final.

13 April 2014 Last updated at 12:09

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As it happened

  1. 1210: 

    It's time to visualise your goal, take on plenty of fluids beforehand and ensure you've got what it takes to breeze past your opponent and cross that finishing line.

    No, not the London Marathon, but today's Scottish Cup semi final at Ibrox.

    A warm welcome to one and all.

  2. 1211: 

    St Johnstone and Aberdeen are vying for the right to face Dundee United in the final.

    We'll have live text commentary of the tie which is also being broadcast live on BBC Two Scotland. We'll embed the video in the live text too...

  3. 1212: 

    Today's question: what's your favourite/worst Scottish Cup memory?

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  4. 1213: 
    St Johnstone suffer injury blow
    St Johnstone's Lee Croft

    Bad news for St Johnstone fans travelling to Ibrox. Midfielder Lee Croft won't feature this afternoon because of a hamstring injury and will be replaced in Tommy Wright's starting line-up by Michael O'Halloran.

    "Lee felt his hamstring yesterday and it's too big a game to risk it. So, Michael O'Halloran has an opportunity and he's done well for me," Wright has told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.

    "It's disappointing for Lee but he'll want the team to do well."

  5. 1214: 

    Aberdeen, after winning their first silerware in 19 years with the Scottish League Cup, are hungry for further silverware.

    En route to their Cup final victory, the Dons accounted for Tommy Wright's side, with a 4-0 thumping in the semi-final at Tynecastle.

    However, Wright is plotting a Scottish Cup final appearance for the club...

  6. 1216: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Wright, Brian Easton, Wotherspoon, Millar, Dunne, O'Halloran, MacLean, May. Subs: Cregg, Hasselbaink, Banks, Miller, Brown, Clancy, Iwelumo.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Considine, Reynolds, Jack, Flood, Robson, Pawlett, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Shaughnessy, Robertson, Vernon, Smith, Low, Weaver, McManus.

    Referee: William Collum

  7. 1217: 

    Aberdeen, riding a crest of a wave this season, are unchanged from the side that ruthlessly dismantled Hibs at Easter Road.

  8. 1220: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "It's a big game and opportunity for both teams. St Johnstone have always proved a tough nut to crack. We've scored some very good goals against them.

    "I know how good some of their players are. We'll have to play well to beat them and get to the final.

    "Niall McGinn's scored three goals in the last two games and he can bring that bit of quality that can separate teams; hopefully we can see that again today."

  9. 1222: 
    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "We want the players to go out and enjoy the semi-final. I hope we do ourselves justice and play to our full potential. Training has been good this weekend and there's a bit of belief about us..."


    Bringthemonjpn: "Ally McCoist on Saturday: whole team to blame. Sunday: down to individuals. Did he watch a replay of the match?"

    It was a pulsating cup tie and Stevie Smith's goal just before the break made things very interesting...

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    Bringthemonjpn: "Best Scottish Cup moment. Johansen super strike in the fog, Cup final replay 1966..."

  12. 1230: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson believes the League Cup final victory has removed the pressure from Aberdeen shoulders this season. With one piece of silverware already accounted for, can they add a second?


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    Andrew Priestley: "Aberdeen have had a brilliant season so far, but I have a sneaky feeling St Johnstone could spring a surprise this afternoon. #bbcsportscot"

  14. 1240: 
    Dons fans at the ready
    Aberdeen fans inside Ibrox ahead of the semi-final

    Aberdeen fans are at Ibrox with no little expectation of a second cup final and the prospect of further silverware under Derek McInnes.

  15. 1242: 
    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Ibrox

    "Looks as though St Johnstone will play two up front against Aberdeen, which is a bold approach. There are match-winners on both sides, and this Scottish Cup semi-final will come down to which of the influential players stamp their authority on this game. Aberdeen have shown they have a big-game mentality, can St Johnstone? It's the Red Army who are dominating for now at Ibrox, which will give their players a lift..."

  16. 1243: 
    When the Saints go marchin in...
    St Johnstone fans at Ibrox

    Not long until kick off in the second semi final at Ibrox, with St Johnstone aiming to book a final against Dundee United.

  17. 1245: 

    Here we go!


    Dougie Kinnear: "Ball Boys AND multiple balls? The Scottish Cup is obviously a better competition! #bbcsportscot"

  19. 1247: 

    Aberdeen are enjoying the lionshare of possession in the opening minutes of this semi-final but Ibrox is being battered by high winds. Supporters will have to staple gun their bunnets at this rate...

  20. 1250: 

    St Johnstone's Chris Millar upends Peter Pawlett and Aberdeen have a great opportunity to get a strike at goal from about 25 yards out...

  21. 1251: 

    Barry Robson trots up to the ball and fires the free-kick into the St Johnstone wall and the combative midfielder gets a second bite of the cherry but his shot whistles past the post.

    Dons boss Derek McInnes was bouncing up and down in his technical area like Tigger there.

  22. 1253: 

    "Totally different start to yesterday's game," opines BBC Sportsound's Willie Miller. "This tie has been a lot more cultured and structured."

    The atmosphere is less frenzied than the Rangers v Dundee Utd boiling pot but a goal will raise the decibel level...

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    Anonymous: "Favourite cup memory was the day Brechin drew 2-2 with St Johnstone at the world-famous Glebe Park. Hopefully Aberdeen go one better today. #TheMightyReds

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    Tom Watson: "Favourite cup memory: McGeachan's 75th minute strike for Hibs against Celtic in the 1902 final."

    Ah, was that when you were in your early 40s Tom?

  25. 1300: 

    Aberdeen are probing for an opening in the sea of blue jerseys in front of Alan Mannus's goal but St Johnstone aren't allowing Niall McGinn any room in which to work his magic.

    Willo Flood tries to let fly from about 30 yards but a battery of Saints, snapping at his heels, snuff out the danger.

  26. 1301: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    The Dons break the deadlock with a beautiful move that slices through the St Johnstone defence like a knife through butter. Adam Rooney controls a long ball from defence, dabs it into Peter Pawlett who feeds Niall McGinn who is coolness personified as he slides a shot beyond the helpless Alan Mannus.

  27. 1303: 

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes likes what he's seeing and offers his troops some support with a quick blast of thunderous applause on the touchline. Just as St Johnstone were handling the Dons well, that man McGinn pounced again.

  28. 1304: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller has urged St Johnstone to "up the tempo" if they want to get back into this semi-final tie.

    How much are the Saints missing the injured Lee Croft I wonder?

  29. 1306: 

    Aberdeen are playing with a cocky confidence, according to BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson and it's hard to disagree. The Dons are beginning to motor while St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is having a wander in his technical area as he plots how his side can step up their attacking threat.

  30. 1309: 

    What a save! St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus rushes out to block Adam Rooney's shot following a sweeping Aberdeen counter attack. Hardly time for those inside Ibrox to pause for breath before St Johnstone almost grab an equaliser when Stevie May is denied by the diving Jamie Langfield. What a cup tie we have!

  31. 1311: 

    St Johnstone appear to have thrown off the shackles after that Stevie May chance and the long-haired striker gallops down the right before angling inside and rifling in a shot. Aberdeen remain in front, courtesy of Niall McGinn's goal, but Saints are warming to the task with 20 minutes of the first half remaining.

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    Graeme Wyllie: "Collin Samuel's hat-trick for Falkirk v Hearts in 2003. Brockville Park was rocking."

    Stuart Harvey: "Best cup memory? Beedie's stunning volley for Dundee Utd v Dons, 1985 semi replay. Greatest goal I've ever seen. #bbcsportscot"

  33. 1316: 
    Boy Don Well
    Aberdeen hail goalscorer Niall McGinn

    Niall McGinn's enterprising run paid dividends for Aberdeen with the opening goal just as St Johnstone appeared to be handling the livewire...

  34. 1317: 

    It's St Johnstone's turn to threaten as David Wotherspoon, about 30 yards from goal, attempts a speculative effort that Dons keeper Jamie Langfield deals with comfortably.


    Duncan Young: "Always nice to score at Ibrox..."

  36. 1320: 

    St Johnstone, still trailing by a goal to nil, are beginning to find their rhythm in the middle of the park but remain at risk to lightning Aberdeen counter attacks.

    You get the feeling Stevie May will get a chance to test the Aberdeen rearguard soon...

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    Chris, Airdrie: "Fav Cup moment. As a Falkirk fan beating Celtic 1-0 in 97 Cup replay at Ibrox. Going all misty eyed just thinking about it..."

    Muz, Edinburgh: "Willie Young pointing to the spot in the 1st minute in 98 final Colin Cameron scored and Hearts went on to win. The monkey off our backs!"


    Robert Hutton: "Mightily impressed with Niall McGinn at Aberdeen. He, Willo Flood and Barry Robson + the kids have made Aberdeen a superb team."

  39. 1327: 

    St Johnstone's attacks continue to fizzle out in the final third but manager Tommy Wright will undoubtedly be encouraged by how his troops have reacted to following behind.

  40. 1328: 

    Aberdeen bring another St Johnstone foray forward to an abrupt halt, 30 yards from goal. But Stevie May's free-kick sails into the grateful arms of Jamie Langfield.

    We've got two minutes plus added time remaining in the first half.

  41. 1331: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen

    Dons fans will be dreaming of another cup final after the predatory Niall McGinn nudges their noses in front in an even first half at Ibrox. St Johnstone responded well but striker Stevie May has been feeding on scraps so far.

    Stats from Ibrox
    BBC stats

    St Johnstone have have more shots on target but Aberdeen lead at the break by virtue of being more ruthless in front of goal...


    Bringthemonjpn: "The other Reds also 1-0 up."

    They're on fire at the moment. Favourites for the title?

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Ibrox

    "Aberdeen hold the advantage at half-time, and their front four have been sharper and more dynamic. St Johnstone need to get more midfield support up to MacLean and May, but the score is finely balanced at 1-0 to Aberdeen..."

  45. 1347: 

    We're back under way at Ibrox. Aberdeen and St Johnstone are vying for a Scottish Cup final place against Dundee United on 17 May at Celtic Park.

  46. 1348: 

    St Johnstone come haring out of the traps after the break, with Frazer Wright and Stevie May looking to drag their side back level but the Dons survive. Can Tommy Wright's men fashion an equaliser?

  47. 1351: 

    Chris Millar is penalised for halting Peter Pawlett in his tracks. The St Johnstone midfielder is far from happy with the decision and the Dons force a corner from the resulting free kick.

  48. 1352: 

    However, the Dons fail to profit from the set piece and they remain a goal to the good. St Johnstone need a flicker of genius from somewhere to get back into this tie.

  49. 1354: 

    St Johnstone press again with Stevie May testing Aberdeen down the left but the striker lacks support and the Dons gain a throw off of the industrious marksman.

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    David in Moray: "On way home to Motherwell from final in the quietest football bus I'd ever been on. We we all emotionally exhausted after beating D.Utd 4-3 after extra time."

  51. 1356: 

    Great football again from Aberdeen as Logan finds Pawlett inside the penalty area but his clever back heel fails to find a red jersey and St Johnstone clear the danger.

  52. 1358: 

    Aberdeen spurn a golden chance to double their lead as Niall McGinn spears deep into St Johnstone territory before finding Peter Pawlett who slices a shot at goal that ends up trundling out for a throw-in! Will the Dons eventually rue that miss?

  53. 1400: 

    Chris Millar breaks for St Johnstone but, 25 yards from Jamie Langfield's goal, there's a sea of red jerseys to thwart Miller and his eventual shot drifts wide.

  54. 1402: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen (May)

    St Johnstone are level. Striker Stevie May controls a cross stone dead before rifling an unstoppable drive beyond Jamie Langfield. Game on!

  55. 1402: 

    Stevie May almost makes it two goals within a minute as his shot is pushed away by Jamie Langfield. Suddenly, St Johnstone are swarming all over a shell-shocked Aberdeen who are really under the cosh. What a cup tie!

  56. 1406: 

    Aberdeen are facing a different challenge now against a St Johnstone side with their tails up and striker Stevie May looking increasingly menacing.

  57. 1409: 

    What a chance for the Dons. The unmarked Barry Robson, rising like a salmon, can only send his free header into the arms of Alan Mannus. Howls of frustration from the Aberdeen fans inside Ibrox. This game could end up 4-4...

    Eye of the Tiger?
    Aberdeen fan at Ibrox

    This fan wants Aberdeen to bare their teeth in front of goal after seeing St Johnstone CLAW their way back into this semi-final...


    Andrew Priestley: "Stevie May, goal machine! #bbcsportscot"

  60. 1412: 

    The Aberdeen fans were on their feet about to acclaim a second Niall McGinn goal. But the in-form hitman heads wide after rising unchallenged to meet Barry Robson's sumptuous centre. What a chance, what a chance...

  61. 1414: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "St Johnstone have upped their work-rate and you can't tell which way this semi-final is going to go next."

  62. 1418: 

    Aberdeen continue to look dangerous on the counter but Willo Flood whips in a cross to no avail as Ryan Jack can't get on the end of another inviting delivery.

  63. 1419: 

    Stevie May, who has the scent of goals in his nostrils now, is about to wind up to volley Michael O'Halloran's cross but an Aberdeen head manages to deflect the ball away from the St Johnstone striker.

    With 15 minutes remaining, this cup tie is wide open. Who fancies winning it?

  64. 1425: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-1 Aberdeen (May)

    They've done it! St Johnstone take the lead as Stevie May heads the ball onto Steven MacLean before collecting the return and rifling the ball past Jamie Langfield. What a goal!

    The Perth Predator
    St Johnstone striker Stevie May

    Striker Stevie May has proved a thorn in Aberdeen's side in the second half: two superb goals and never giving the Dons' rearguard a moment's peace. Has he fired them into their first ever Scottish Cup final?

  66. 1428: 

    What a turnaround in this semi-final. St Johnstone are now looking to absorb Aberdeen attacks and hit on the break for the impressive Stevie May and Steven MacLean to cause the Dons problems. Three minutes plus added time remaining.

  67. 1432: 

    Patrick Cregg comes on for Michael O'Halloran as Tommy Wright makes a late St Johnstone change. The Perth outfit are within touching distance of a Scottish Cup final against Dundee United.

    Scott Vernon comes on for Andrew Considine in a final throw of the dice for Aberdeen.

  68. 1432: 

    Two minutes of added time at Ibrox....

  69. 1434: 

    St Johnstone fans are whistling in unison; they want the final whistle... now. Still we play on.

  70. 1435: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 2-1 Aberdeen

    Saints are through to their first Scottish Cup final in the club's history. Their fans are going bananas inside Ibrox as manager Tommy Wright gallops onto the pitch to salute his players.

  71. 1436: 

    Contrasting emotions at Ibrox as the St Johnstone players run over to applaud their fans; Aberdeen winger Adam Rooney, with a rueful shake of the head, tries to comprehend how the Dons have lost this one.

  72. 1438: 
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "They were magnificent and I don't think anyone can begrudge us that result. That was 130 years of hurt that got released today. I had a dream in hospital that we'd win 2-1 but I got it wrong! I dreamt Michael O'Halloran scored the winner..."

  73. 1440: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "They deserve their victory. Aberdeen had their chances but didn't really do enough or put St Johnstone under enough pressure. Tommy Wright changed his side's shape and played Stevie May on the left. And it worked."


    Robert Hutton: "Great result for St Johnstone and indeed for Tayside Football. A lot of security needed in Perth and Dundee."

    Colin Gray: "Brilliant Saints! And I'm a Hibby:-)"

  75. 1448: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "The Saints fans will be going absolutely mad tonight on their way back to Perth. The storylines in Scottish football seem to be getting better and better."

  76. 1450: 
    St Johnstone striker Stevie May

    "It was a hard-fought win, but it makes it all the sweeter to come from behind.

    "(To score two goals) I can't ask for much more, but the main thing is we're in the final. It's about history for us.

    "A lot of people wrote us off before today and they'd have been writing us off even more before half-time, but we managed to come out and win the game."

  77. 1455: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "I don't think we got to grips with the second half but no-one can deny St Johnstone were determined enough to make it their day.

    "The second goal always alleviates anxiety and we were culpable of not doing more with our chances. We never got the goal to show for it now we're licking our wounds and scratching our heads."


    Ben Picard: "Will the Tayside derby cup final of 2014 be as fun as the salt and sauce final of 2012? #bbcsportscot"

  79. 1500: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "To finish your season with a Scottish Cup final, there's not a better place to be..."

  80. 1505: 

    What an afternoon. Niall McGinn's early goal looked to have Aberdeen on course for a second cup final this season but St Johnstone and Stevie May had other ideas.

    A tactical reshuffle at the break saw May score two and, alongside Steven MacLean, cause havoc for the Aberdeen defence.

    Saints fans can look forward to a first Scottish Cup final in the club's 130-year existence.

    They'll face Dundee United at Celtic Park on 17 May.

    Highlights of today's semi-final will be on our website later. Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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