Former Dundalk star Jamie McGrath scores twice as St Mirren dump Rangers out of Scottish League Cup

Thu, Dec 17 2020

A brace from former Dundalk star Jamie McGrath this evening saw St Mirren dump Steven Gerrard’s Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup.

The Athboy native has been at the heart of St Mirren’s recent good run of form with five goals in his last four games.

And his brace tonight helped the Paisley outfit stun Rangers in the Scottish League Cup Quarter Final, coming out 3-2 winners.

St Mirren went a goal down early on after Connor Goldson fired home with a low shot across the face of the goalkeeper from inside the box.

The Saints responded and were level after 40 minutes. Dylan Connolly got the wrong side of Calvin Bassey, and was taken down, earning his side a spot-kick.

McGrath would calmly slot home the spot kick to level matters for Waterford native Jim Goodwin’s side.

And it would get even better for the hosts who took a 2-1 in the early stages of the second-half thanks to a composed finish from McGrath again.

Connolly – who was a threat all night down the right – saw his cross find Jordan Obika. Obika deftly laid the ball off to McGrath who neatly finished it into the bottom corner of the net.

Rangers levelled late on through Steven Davis who half volleyed into the top corner after Tavernier’s free kick hit the post.

But St Mirren weren’t to be denied a famous victory with McGrath again at the heart of the move.

His teasing cross was met at the back post, with Allan McGregor forced into making a fine save. 

Former Cork City defender Conor McCarthy would however pounce on the loose ball to send St Mirren through to the final four.

McCarthy’s winner brought an end to Rangers’ 27 game unbeaten run, with three former League of Ireland players at the heart of a stunning Saints performance.

Speaking after the game, McGrath was “over the moon” with the victory.

“We didn’t let our heads go down, we went up the other end and got our reward which I felt we deserved.”

St Mirren and their host of ex-League of Ireland stars will now take on Livingston in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in January.


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