St Mirren’s dreams of reaching a first Scottish Cup final since 1987 are over as they lost 2-1 to 10 men Dundee United.

There was a bit of revenge for the Tannadice side, who of course lost to the Saints in the 1987 cup final.

The game looked liked a comfortable win for United when they went 2-0 up through Pavol Safranko and Nicky Clarke.

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However, the second-half was a different story. Callum Butcher was dismissed for a challenge on Ryan Flynn before Duckens Nazon’s goal made it 2-1.

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United managed to hang on though, and reach the cup quarter-finals.

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It’s a big win for United, as not only are they only a win away from a cup semi-final but it will give them plenty of confidence for their Championship title challenge.

The win also gives United an edge over St Mirren should the teams meet in the Premiership relegation play-offs.

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It’s a different story for St Mirren, who now have to focus on their battle to avoid relegation.

They will need to kick into form soon, as following their midweek 2-1 loss to Motherwell they are starting to get cut adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

It will be interesting to look back on this game in a year’s time, and see where both teams are. Both will be hoping to be in the Premiership, but that seems unlikely, especially for St Mirren.

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