Saints 3-0 Motherwell

Last updated : 27 October 2009 By Stuart Gillespie
As a result, we're going back to Hampden for the second time in 12 months, with the tie set to be played in the first week of February. Last time we got this far was in 2001 when we were beaten 3-0 by Kilmarnock and also got relegated, so hopefully history won't repeat itself. We'll get Rangers, St. Johnstone or Celtic or Hearts, who play tomorrow night. The last two rounds have seen us face clubs we've recently played in the SPL - the midweek before the semi we have Rangers and the midweek after the Fakes.

Anyway, enough of that. I wasn't there tonight, so this will be relatively brief. There were two changes to the Saints side that drew with Motherwell on Saturday, Michael Higdon replacing the injured Tom Brighton and Allan Johnston coming in for his first start, replacing Steven Thomson.

Jim O'Brien tested Paul Gallacher early on before Saints took control. Midway through the first half there was that rarest of things when one of our set pieces yielded a goal, Higdon heading home an Andy Dorman free-kick despite the best efforts of keeper John Ruddy.

Gallacher did well to save Jamie Murphy's effort before we went 2-0 up after the hour mark, Ross going on a trademark run before firing in a ball that was deflected past Ruddy.

Late on, Dorman went on a lung busting run and his cross was deflected in by Craigan.

A fine night for the Saints and our biggest win over SPL opposition since the Scottish Cup in 2006 when we beat... Motherwell!