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PremierLeague-News.Com - Goals from Chris Kane and Glenn Middleton netted the Perth side a Scottish Cup semi-final win at Hampden
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! St Johnstone will return to Hampden later this month with the chance of completing the cup double. Let that sink in. The pride of Perth rose further into dreamland on Sunday afternoon by booking a prized Scottish Cup final ticket. Having already lifted the League Cup this season, it really is remarkable. Second half goals from Chris Kane and Glenn Middleton - the latter’s a stunning free-kick - clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory over St Mirren. Conor McCarthy did pull one back for the Buddies late on but it wasn’t enough. Quarter-final hero Zander Clark recovered from a toe injury to take his place between the posts, while Shaun Rooney, David Wotherspoon and Guy Melamed were all back in following last week’s win at Hibs. There was a second consecutive start for Craig Bryson who, fresh from signing a new deal, looked right up for this. Twice in the opening 10 minutes he found himself in a promising position to go for goal. On six minutes he received a square pass from Melamed but, from the edge of the box, could only divert his low shot straight at goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. Moments later the same Perth pair linked-up nicely inside the box. This time, however, Bryson guided well over. Little had separated the teams in the opening stages but St Mirren had strong appeals for a penalty turned down in the 18th minute when the ball appeared to strike the arm of Jamie McCart. Referee Willie Collum wasn’t interested. Davidson’s Saints started to enjoy a positive spell in the game with Rooney’s left-footed curler forcing Alnwick to tip over for a corner. And then Kane went for glory but his powerful drive was always rising. But St Mirren always looked a threat. They carved out a glorious chance just after the half hour mark when Kristian Dennis crossed for Lee Erwin. The big striker, only yards out, was denied by a widespread Clark.
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. The Perth men started it with intensity but Clark needed to be alert on 54 minutes to beat away an Ilkay Durmus effort. Durmus is always dangerous on the flank and he was again causing problems as the hour mark ticked by. He skipped beyond Rooney and delivered a wicked ball across the six yard box. Awaiting at close range and who appeared destined to tuck home was substitute Collin Quaner but somehow he couldn’t find the target. It was a huge let-off for those kitted out in blue. And it was a turning point. Suddenly Davidson’s stalwarts found another level. On 72 minutes Booth surged forward, slipped in Middleton who then squared across the box. There was Kane - a terrific run - to clip the ball into the far corner. Davidson erupted in celebration on the touchline. Two minutes later he was dancing around again when Middleton produced a glorious free-kick to double the advantage. Up, over the wall and into the top corner. Sublime. Perth fans would be doing laps of the living room but time remained for St Mirren and Quaner nodded wide from a promising position in the 81st minute. Defender McCarthy did soon pull one back with a looping header and suddenly it was game on. The Buddies pressed and pressed for a leveller as Eamon Brophy then sent a shot inches wide. The equaliser didn’t arrive. The Perth Saints are going for the double.
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