McGowan proud after final win

St Mirren midfielder Paul McGowan felt the Buddies fully deserved to win their first silverware in 26 years by defeating Hearts 3-2 in the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden Park.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 11:50 Post Comment

Steven Thompson: Scores for St Mirren against Hearts at Hampden

Steven Thompson: Scores for St Mirren against Hearts at Hampden

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Goals from Esmael Goncalves, Steven Thompson and Conor Newton cemented the victory for Danny Lennon's men with goals sandwiched between Ryan Stevenson's double for the Jambos.

McGowan said: "It's unbelievable. I'm so proud of every one of the players and it's a great day. We truly deserved it.

"It's been coming for St Mirren, they're a great club with great fans and it's been a great day."

On his own performance, McGowan added: "They came and pressed us quite high and gave us a bit of trouble and so they moved me back into midfield and I helped us a lot there.

"It was a great day for us and I'm proud as anything.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try and win a cup here and we've done it and made every one of the fans and our families proud. I can't ask for any more."

Thompson added: "It's pretty much indescribable really. I've been dreaming about doing it ever since we beat Celtic and I won't lie, I've not had a lot of sleep.

"I made a near-post run and made sure I was really concentrating to make a good connection with the ball - you could probably see from my face that it was a dramatic moment.

"It's just an amazing feeling and in the next few days I'll realise what it means.

"I'm a supporter too and it's been a quarter of a century since we won a cup so it means everything to them.

"It's great to be part of the history of this football club and I'm bursting with pride."

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