Scottish Cup Semi-Final
St Mirren v St Johnstone
Sunday, 9 May 2021, kick-off 2.15pm
The second of the Scottish Cup Semi-Finals will take place on Sunday, pitting two Saints against each other for a coveted place in the final.
With only a point separating the two teams in the league the match is too close to call. Saint Mirren will be hoping to go one better than their performance in this season’s League Cup that saw them lose to Livingston in the semi-final.
St Johnstone, meanwhile, are aiming for a unique cup double, having won this season’s League Cup in February with a 1-0 victory over Livingston.
St Johnstone have the better record in cup competitions, not only winning this season’s League Cup already, but also having won the Scottish Cup more recently, defeating Dundee United 2-0 in the 2014 showpiece. Should they triumph on Sunday it will be only the second time in their history they have reached the Scottish Cup final.
St Mirren have the better record in the Scottish Cup historically, but need to go back to 1987 for their last success in the competition.
They also enjoyed success in 1926 and 1959, while they have reached the final on a further three occasions, most recently in 1962.
Sunday will be @saintmirrenfc's second Semi-Final this season – and they'll be hoping to go one further in the Scottish Cup.
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Both clubs needed extra time and penalties to triumph in their quarter-final ties, St Mirren edging out Kilmarnock at Rugby Park after a 3-3 draw, while St Johnstone defeated Premiership champions Rangers following a dramatic 1-1 draw that saw goalkeeper Zander Clarke set up the vital equaliser in stoppage time after going up for a corner.
St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson is aiming to add further silverware after a phenomenal start to his managerial career that has seen him secure the League Cup and a top six league finish in his first season in charge.
He said: "Once you get that taste of success, you want more.
"When I got the job I wanted success but I didn't quite expect what we've achieved. It would mean loads to get to the final and to keep our season going.
"The players work well as a unit and have taken a lot of confidence from the success in the League Cup.
"Hopefully they can use that on Sunday and we have good memories from Hampden already this season."
St Mirren Captain Joe Shaughnessy has made a major impact since joining the club in the summer and hopes to end his first season with silverware.
He said: “I think everyone will have been looking forward to it, especially since the last semi-final where I don’t think we really gave a good account of ourselves. We probably should have performed better so I think everyone is prepared to put that right really.
“It’s always a big occasion playing at the national stadium and of course it would be a lot better with supporters there, but it is still a big thing to go and play in the national stadium in a semi-final.
“I think we have come quite far as a group since the beginning of the season. We maybe didn’t start the campaign as well as we would have wanted and had a lot of different issues to contend with. We have a good squad here with a mix of youth and experience and it goes to show. We’ve played in the knockout stages of the cups this season and hopefully we can go a step further in the Scottish Cup."
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Where to watch
The match will be shown live on Premier Sports and BBC One Scotland.