Motherwell reach Scottish Cup final
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Motherwell progressed to their first Scottish Cup final in 20 years after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of St Johnstone at Hampden Park today.

The game was over as a contest before half-time as Motherwell raced into a three-goal lead to end St Johnstone's dreams of making their first ever Scottish Cup final appearance.

The Fir Park side took the lead in the fifth minute when Tom Hateley whipped in the first corner of the match, which goalkeeper Peter Enckelman failed to claim, allowing the unmarked Stephen Craigan to head the ball into the net.

Motherwell doubled their lead with a tremendous solo goal from Jamie Murphy just nine minutes later.

The Scotland U-21 forward was allowed to run at a hesitant St Johnstone defence before he drilled a low angled shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

John Sutton sealed the tie for Stuart McCall's side four minutes before the break. The striker connected well with a loose ball 25 yards out and smacked a powerful shot past Enckelman, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

St Johnstone rallied briefly in the second half, Murray Davidson rattling the crossbar with a late effort.

But Derek McInnes' side failed to score in a match for the 21st time this season as Motherwell reached their first final since 1991, when they beat Dundee United to clinch the trophy.