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2010 Scottish League Cup Final

The 2010 Scottish League Cup Final was the final match of the 2009–10 Scottish League Cup, the 63rd season of the Scottish League Cup.

2010 Scottish League Cup Final
Event2009–10 Scottish League Cup
Date21 March 2010
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeCraig Thomson
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Route to the FinalEdit

St MirrenEdit

Round Opposition Score
First Round East Stirlingshire (a) 3–6
Second Round Ayr United (a) 0–2
Third Round Kilmarnock (a) 1–2
Quarter-final Motherwell (h) 3–0
Semi-final Hearts (n) 1–0

St Mirren faced Third Division East Stirlingshire at Ochilview Park in their first match, a comfortable 6–3 victory was secured with five goals from Billy Mehmet and one from Stephen O'Donnell. Mehmet scored one from close range, one from a chip and a third from a header to complete his hat-trick in 17 minutes. The half time score was 3-4 with Memhet scoring all of St Mirren's goals and Stephen McGuire and an Andy Rodgers brace netting for East Stirlingshire. Memhet and O'Donnell completed the scoring in the second half.[1] St Mirren then travelled to Somerset Park to play Ayr United, Michael Higdon scored the opener after 25 minutes with a header from a David Barron cross. Dean Keenan was sent off for United in 89 minutes and Billy Memhet scored 66 seconds later to ensure the win.[2] The further trip to Ayrshire awaited St Mirren in the third round at Rugby Park, the match ended 1-2 to the away team with goals from Stephen McGinn and a 93-minute Andy Dorman strike.[3] The quarter-final opponents were Motherwell at St Mirren Park. The match ended 3-0 with goals from Michael Higdon, Jack Ross and a Stephen Craigan own goal.[4] Memhet added his eighth goal of the League Cup campaign with the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Hearts at Fir Park.[5]


Round Opposition Score
Third Round Queen of the South (a) 1–2
Quarter-final Dundee (a) 1–3
Semi-final St Johnstone (n) 2–0

As Rangers had been competing in Europe, they entered the competition in the third round. Rangers began their campaign against Dumfries team Queen of the South from the First Division, it was the first meeting between the two teams since the 2008 Scottish Cup Final.[6] Steven Naismith opened the scoring with a tap in from a Kris Boyd cross. Substitute Nacho Novo made it 2-0 to Rangers but former Rangers youth player Robert Harris scored a consolation in 91 minutes.[7] Dundee were beaten 3–1 at Dens Park in the quarter-final, Steven Whittaker headed Rangers in front before a Leigh Griffiths free-kick made the scores level at half time. Rangers then took the lead against the run of play with a Gary MacKenzie own-goal on 57 minutes and John Fleck rounded off the scoring with five minutes to go.[8] St Johnstone were the next opponents, goals from Steven Davis and Lee McCulloch ensured a 2–0 victory at Hampden Park. After 26 minutes, Davis latched onto Nacho Novo's cross and lashed the ball into the net from close range at the second attempt. McCulloch doubled their advantage following fine build-up play with a low, driven shot from the edge of the box that slipped under the body of Saints goalkeeper Graeme Smith.[9]


Team newsEdit

St Mirren were without defender Chris Innes due to a torn abductor muscle. Also missing were Rory Loy, who was ineligible under the terms of his loan deal from Rangers, and Tom Brighton.[10] Brighton was ruled out for the rest of the 2009–10 season due to a knee injury.[11]

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra missed his second successive League Cup final through a hamstring injury.[12] Also missing was Kirk Broadfoot due to a hamstring strain.[13] On 20 March Rangers manager Walter Smith stated that Neil Alexander, usually Rangers' reserve goalkeeper, was to continue in goal for the final, having played in the previous rounds.[14] Midfielder Steven Davis was a late fitness concern with a sickness bug.[15]

Match SummaryEdit

The Buddies dominated the first half, Steven Thomson and David Barron coming close to breaking the deadlock. Kevin Thomson was sent off for a dangerous tackle on his namesake Steven and Danny Wilson saw red for a professional foul on Craig Dargo. But Kenny Miller headed a dramatic winner for Rangers in the 84th minute.

Match detailsEdit

St Mirren0 – 1Rangers
Report   84' Miller
  53' Thomson
  71' Wilson
Attendance: 44,538
Referee: C Thomson
St Mirren
GK 1   Paul Gallacher
RWB 2   Jack Ross
CB 4   David Barron
CB 6   John Potter (c)
CB 5   Lee Mair   57'
LWB 3   Graham Carey
CM 7   Hugh Murray   19'   60'
CM 10   Steven Thomson
CM 8   Garry Brady   67'   85'
CF 9   Billy Mehmet   70'
CF 11   Michael Higdon
GK 17   Mark Howard
DF 15   Steven Robb
MF 16   Andy Dorman   60'
FW 12   Stephen O'Donnell   85'
FW 14   Craig Dargo   70'
  Gus MacPherson
GK 25   Neil Alexander
RB 16   Steven Whittaker   29'
CB 3   David Weir (c)
CB 66   Danny Wilson   71'
LB 5   Saša Papac
RM 7   Steven Davis   45'
CM 6   Lee McCulloch   73'
CM 8   Kevin Thomson   53'
LM 10   Nacho Novo   89'
FW 9   Kris Boyd   79'
FW 18   Kenny Miller   85'
GK 1   Allan McGregor
DF 26   Steven Smith   89'
MF 2   Maurice Edu   45'
FW 20   Damarcus Beasley
FW 14   Steven Naismith   79'
  Walter Smith


  • Referee: Craig Thomson
  • Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans
  • Assistant Referee 2: James Bee
  • Fourth Official: Brian Winter


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


Statistic St Mirren Rangers
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 11 14
Shots on target 3 4
Ball possession 65% 35%
Corner kicks 9 2
Fouls committed 23 11
Offsides 0 0
Yellow cards 3 3
Red cards 0 2


Media coverageEdit

In the UK the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final was be broadcast live on BBC One Scotland on their Sportscene programme with build-up starting at 14:30 GMT.

Commentary of the match on radio was from BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

In Ireland the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final was be broadcast live on Setanta Ireland.


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  2. ^ "Ayr 0-2 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Kilmarnock 1-2 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  4. ^ "St Mirren 3-0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Hearts 0-1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Queen of the South 2-3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Queen of South 1-2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Dundee 1-3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Innes a final doubt for Buddies". Teamtalk. Retrieved 22 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Buddies' Brighton out for season". BBC Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra to miss cup final". BBC Sport. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Rangers pair ruled out of final". Teamtalk. Retrieved 22 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Rangers' Allan McGregor set to be on cup final bench". BBC Sport. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  15. ^ "Doubt over sick Davis". Scotsman. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  16. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup Final, 2009 – Appointment of Match Officials" (PDF). Scottish Football League. 8 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2010.